Invasive Plant Management: Planning

Developing an Invasive Plant Management Plan

The first step in invasive plant management planning is to identify land management goals, desired plant communities, and invasive plant management objectives. Basic steps include:

  1. Perform an inventory or survey to create a scope of the problem
  2. Identify and prioritize invasive plant species and/or invasive plant threats
    • Create a list of priority species and learn about their impacts and biology
    • Determine whether they are on your state or province's noxious weed list
  3. Assess your management options, including prevention, restoration/revegetation, prescribed burning, and other control strategies
  4. Monitor your management actions and then evaluate your results to determine whether your management objectives are being achieved.

Resources for Developing an Invasive Plant Management Plan

Managing Invasive Plants: Concepts, Principles, and Practices
Adaptive Weed Management Plans
Weed Information Management System
Creating an Integrated Weed Management Plan: A Handbook for Owners and Managers of Lands with Natural Values

See Volume IV, which provides the tools and information necessary for public and private landowners to manage noxious weeds successfully in natural areas, wildlands, and rangelands.

Ecological Site Information System
Invasive Exotic Plant Management Tutorial for Natural Lands Managers

National Environmental Policy Act regulations governing herbicide use.

Seven Steps to Managing Your Weeds

Invasive Plant Management: Prioritizing Threats

Managing Invasive Plants: Concepts, Principles, and Practices
Invasive Species Assessment Protocol: Evaluating Non-native Plants for Their Impact on Biodiversity
Measuring Plant Diversity: Lessons From the Field

TIPS for Fighting Weeds on Small Acreages in Montana