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Kurtz, Cassandra [1], Hansen, Mark [1].

Invasive plant monitoring by the USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station.

Invasive plant species are a global concern. These species degrade forests, rangeland, agricultural, and recreational areas. While they can have positive aspects, such as aesthetic beauty, habitat, and herbal/medicinal qualities, they are detrimental to diversity and cost billions of dollars annually through management and monitoring. Because of the implications caused by these invaders, and public interest, data collected by the Forest Inventory and Analysis crew of the USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station (NRS) program are being analyzed and research notes are being published for the most commonly occurring invasive plant species (IPS). NRS has been monitoring the presence of 43 species of invasive plants and one undifferentiated genus (nonnative bush honeysuckles), across the 24 states of the region since 2007 on a subset of the Phase 2 (P2) inventory plots (P2 Invasive plots). This subset of plots was 20 percent from 2007 through 2011 and reduced to 12.5 percent in 2012 due to budget constraints. On these designated plots, the presence and cover of the selected invasive plants are recorded in addition to the standard forest variables collected on P2 plots. The inventory occurs only on forested land. These data help determine spread, presence, and the influence of site factors. This work highlights the research notes we have published, and some of our findings such as the tendency for IPS tend to occur on plots with less forest land, lower basal area, and closer to roads.

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1 - USDA, Forest Service, 1992 Folwell Avenue, St. Paul, MN, 55108, USA

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invasive plants.

Presentation Type: Recent Topics Poster
Session: P, Recent Topics Posters
Location: Exhibit Hall/Savannah International Trade and Convention Center
Date: Monday, August 1st, 2016
Time: 5:30 PM
Number: PRT013
Abstract ID:1204
Candidate for Awards:None

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