Invasive Plant Education Materials:
Landscape Alternatives for Invasive Plants of the Midwest Brochure (PDF)
Companion to the Brochure - Nursery Wallet Cards - take these with you when you shop for plants and record where you find invasive species being sold.
Invasive Plants Field Guide - "Guide to Identification and the Impacts and Control of Common North American Species", by Sylvan Kaufman and Wallace Kaufman
This easy-to-use, wide ranging guide to invasive plants in North America features full-color photos and descriptions of more than 175 alien species. Text for each species describes the plant’s environmental and economic impacts as well as management techniques used to control it. More information on invasive plants and the authors can be found online at www.invasiveplantguide.com. To order books from Stackpole, visit www.stackpolebooks.com/ or call 1-800-732-3669.
Life-like replicas of several invasive plants are now available: garlic mustard, perennial pepperweed, purple loosestrife, saltcedar, spotted knapweed, yellow starthistle, leafy spurge, and Dalmatian toadflax produced by the Center for Invasive Plant Management. All can be ordered by the box (12 stems) or as part of an educational or display bouquet.
Download a PDF listing Books, Posters, Videos, CDs, Websites and more from around the country.
Interactive Weed Identification Database - created by Mark Renz, University of Wisconsin, the database contains 280 of the most common weeds/invasive plants found in agricultural, urban, and natural settings in Wisconsin. At the website, click on the Weed ID Tool in the left column. The database is organized to ask questions about the unknown plant, and, based on the user’s input, the website will produce a list of plants (scientific and common names) along with thumbnail images that match the information entered.
Also, The Renz lab at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Agronomy Department and UW-Extension is pleased to present a series of videos for the identification of invasive plants. These videos can be found at the new UW-Extension Weed Science website:
Currently there are 13 videos with 6 to 10 more planned for release this coming field season. The current species covered are:
Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants - fact sheets, images, invasive plant management plans, invasive plant recognition cards, and identification videos.
This may also be ordered on DVD via: (also includes a Phragmites video)
The links below are for 5 short (~2 min.) videos
put together by the USDA on
how hunters and anglers are getting involved with invasive species prevention
and control. They highlight the problems with invasive plants and animals
from all over the country and could be a nice tool for outreach.
Other Online Resources:
"Managing Invasive Plants: Concepts, Principles, and Practices", by the Center for Invasive Plant Management, developed in collaboration with the US Fish and Wildlife Service National Wildlife Refuge System, provides an overview of invasive plant management and planning supported by case studies, quizzes, scientific literature, and web-based resources. The website is best viewed in Internet Explorer.
The Indiana Cooperative Agricultural Pest Survey (CAPS) program, is a collaborative effort between Purdue University, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service division of Plant Protection and Quarantine, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, and the Indiana chapter of The Nature Conservancy, Their web site highlights Indiana's "most unwanted" invasive plant pests, .
The list is determined yearly by the Indiana CAPS state survey committee and identifies exotic species, invasive species and pests regulated by state or federal laws that could affect Indiana . The list is also used by officials to determine how resources for surveys and outreach and educational programs are best spent to protect Indiana .
The "Invasive Exotic Plant (IEP) Management Tutorial for Natural Lands Managers: A Comprehensive Tool for Addressing Your IEP Needs" is now available on-line at www.dcnr.state.pa.us/forestry/invasivetutorial/index.htm
"The Beginning of a New Invasive Plant: A History of the Ornamental Callery Pear in the United States". Download the PDF.
Asian bittersweet fact sheet, published by the USGS, provides a very useful key for distinguishing Celastrus orbiculatus from Celastrus scandens (American bittersweet). Click here for the link.
This state-of-knowledge review of information on relationships between wildland fire and nonnative invasive plants can assist fire managers and other land managers concerned with prevention, detection, and eradication or control of nonnative invasive plants.
Aquatic Invasive Species Education and Outreach Materials, a catalog of Aquatic Invasive Species Education and Outreach Materials by Portland State University's Center for Lakes and Reservoirs
for retailers and consumers on invasive plants sold for water gardens,
developed in Minnesota. These materials are available on the web
for anyone who is interested in doing something similar.
For the general public:
sea grant tip card to be handed out at stores: www.seagrant.umn.edu/downloads/x98.pdf
sea grant water garden poster: www.seagrant.umn.edu/downloads/x103.pdf