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A field guide for the identification of invasive plants in southern forestsAuthor(s): James H. Miller; Erwin B. Chambliss; Nancy J. Loewenstein
Source: General Technical Report SRS–119. Asheville, NC: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Southern Research Station. 126 p.
Publication Series: General Technical Report (GTR)
Station: Southern Research Station
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DescriptionInvasions of nonnative plants into forests of the Southern United States continue to go unchecked and only partially unmonitored. These infestations increasingly erode forest productivity, hindering forest use and management activities, and degrading diversity and wildlife habitat. Often called nonnative, exotic, nonindigenous, alien, or noxious weeds, they occur as trees, shrubs, vines, grasses, ferns, and forbs. This book provides information on accurate identification of the 56 nonnative plants and groups that are currently invading the forests of the 13 Southern States. It lists other nonnative plants of growing concern. Recommendations for prevention and control of these species are provided in a companion booklet, “A Management Guide for Invasive Plants of Southern Forests,” published by the Southern Research Station as a General Technical Report. Basic strategies for managing invasions on a specific site include maintaining forest vigor with minimal disturbance, constant surveillance and treatment of new unwanted arrivals, and finally, rehabilitation following eradication.
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CitationMiller, James H.; Chambliss, Erwin B.; Loewenstein, Nancy J. 2010. A field guide for the identification of invasive plants in southern forests. (slightly revised 2012, 2013, and 2015). General Technical Report SRS–119. Asheville, NC: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Southern Research Station. 126 p.
KeywordsAlien plants, exotic weeds, forest noxious plants, invasive exotic plants, invasive nonindigenous plants
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