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Cattle Grazing Effects on Phragmites australis in Nebraska

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Authors: Jerry D. Volesky, Stephen L. Young, and Karla H. Jenkins (2016) Invasive Plant Science and Management: April-June 2016, Vol. 9, No. 2, pp. 121-127.
Phragmites australis (common reed) is a widely established invasive plant in wetlands and riparian areas. A three-year study was initiated in Nebraska to evaluate targeted cattle grazing, herbicide effects, and the nutritive value of this species. Results suggest that cattle will utilize Phragmites, and the cumulative effect of grazing has the potential to reduce P. australis populations. However, other methods would have to be used for greater control and site restoration. READ FULL PAPER.

Invasibility of three major non-native invasive shrubs and associated factors in Upper Midwest U.S. 2016.

By KEITH MOSER AND OTHERS.

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Three invasive shrubs, multiflora rose, non-native bush honeysuckles, and common buckthorn, were found to have significantly increased in presence and expansion. Resource managers and planners are encouraged to prescribe control and mitigation treatments for non-native invasive plants by forest types and spatial locations close to highways and residences. READ ARTICLE.

Invasive Russian Knapweed (Acroptilon repens) Creates Large Patches Almost Entirely by Rhizomic Growth. 2017.

By JOHN GASKIN AND JEFF LITTLEFIELD.

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Research results indicate that expansion of Russian knapweed patches is almost entirely by rhizomes with long-distance dispersal by seed. Controlling seed development may be effective at stopping long-distance dispersal, but treatment methods that control roots are needed to affect expansion of existing patches. READ ARTICLE.

Invasion Shadows: The Accumulation and Loss of Ecological Impacts from an Invasive Plant (Japanese stiltgrass), 2017.

By Daniel R. Tekiela and Jacob N. Barney.

This article describes how the impact of weedy plants can linger for years.  Newly established invasive populations don’t produce the same level of lingering legacy effects as those that are long established, making early eradication imperative.  READ THE FULL ABSTRACT.

Native Grass Establishment following Application of Pyridine Herbicides, 2017.

By Rodney Lym and others.

Results of a regional study, to evaluate the effect of several herbicides on cool- and warm-season native grass species establishment, showed that Milestone can safely be used to control susceptible invasive plants preceding grass species establishment.  READ MORE

Invasive Plant Inventory and Early Detection Prioritization Tool

Invasive Plant Inventory and Early Detection Prioritization Tool

Utah State University partnered with the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to conduct invasive plant prioritization workshops and inventories on selected National Wildlife Refuges across the United States. A result of this partnership is the Invasive Plant Inventory and Early Detection Prioritization Tool (IPIEDT) and associated user's guide.  READ MORE

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The National Seed Strategy for Rehabilitation and Restoration 2015-2020

The National Seed Strategy for Rehabilitation and Restoration 2015-2020

The National Seed Strategy for Rehabilitation and Restoration 2015-2020 (PDF, 12MB) promotes the use of native plant materials to restore plant communities and support healthy ecosystems. The National Seed Strategy, a collaboration between 12 federal agencies and over 300 non-federal partners is led by the Bureau of Land Management.

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