Invasive Plant Management in the United States National Wildlife Refuge

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Invasive species pose a significant challenge to the National Wildlife Refuge System and have been identified as the single most important threat to habitat management on refuges. At present, it is estimated that over 2 million acres of refuge lands are invaded by invasive plants. The current and potential costs of controlling invasive plants, as well as monitoring and restoring refuge lands, are significant both financially and ecologically. Budgetary expenditures for invasive species projects in FY 2009 totaled $18.4 million. A number of strategies are used to confront this threat and have resulted in success on a variety of levels. The Refuge System utilizes key partnerships, invasive species strike teams, and a dedicated cadre of volunteers to implement projects that incorporate mechanical, chemical and biological control methods.

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Publication type Book chapter
Publication Subtype Book Chapter
Title Invasive Plant Management in the United States National Wildlife Refuge
Series number ACS Symposium Series
Chapter 7
ISBN 9780841274495
DOI 10.1021/bk-2011-1073.ch007
Volume 1073
Year Published 2011
Language English
Publisher American Chemical Society
Description 12 p.
Larger Work Title Invasive plant management issues and challenges in the United States: 2011 overview
First page 69
Last page 80
Country United States
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Additional Online Files (Y/N) N
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