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Title: Review of invasive riparian trees that impact USACE ecosystem restoration projects
Authors: Guilfoyle, Michael P.
Fischer, Richard A., Jr., 1964-
Keywords: Trees
Invasive plants
Restoration ecology
Publisher: Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)
Series/Report no.: Technical Note (Ecosystem Management and Restoration Research Program (U.S.)) ; no. ERDC/TN EMRRP-SI-36
Abstract: The U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC), Environmental Laboratory (EL) developed this technical note to describe invasive woody trees and shrubs that negatively affect USACE riparian management and restoration activities. The USACE Ecosystem Management and Restoration Research Program (EMRRP) is supporting a nationwide effort to address the impacts of invasive woody plant species on ecosystem restoration, and more specifically, to determine mechanisms to address the most prevalent invasive species (by region) that impact restoration activities. This large research program has four objectives: (1) identify the group of invasive woody riparian plants that are most problematic to USACE ecosystem restoration efforts; (2) develop resource guidelines that suggest time and location thresholds in which funds should be spent to control invasive woody plants; (3) determine the most efficient and ecologically-effective spatial configuration for woody invasive riparian plant removal on Corps-managed lands; and (4) investigate how faunal communities respond to various spatial control methods for woody invasive plant removal in densely vegetated riparian habitats. The USACE ecosystem restoration mission has provided numerous opportunities to rehabilitate degraded riparian systems. However, the spread of highly invasive non-native trees can significantly impact restoration efforts by increasing costs of removal and control, reducing overall extent of restoration efforts, and diminishing or compromising restoration goals aimed at rehabilitating native ecological communities. The purpose of this technical note is to: (1) provide an overview of invasive woody species that are invading riparian areas nation-wide; (2) identify the five most common invasive tree species; (3) review current USACE restoration projects and approaches to management of invasive species; and (4) provide recommendations for future management and restoration of riparian habitats.
Description: Technical Note
Gov't Doc #: ERDC/TN EMRRP-SI-36
Rights: Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited
Size: 15 pages/3.22 MBs
Types of Materials: PDF/A
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