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Nonnative Invasive Plants of Southern Forests

not realize the problems that ornamental plants such as periwinkle, burning bush, and English ivy cause. Most nonnative invasive plants are perennials and form extensive roots and runners. They take over quickly and can be difficult to remove."

Miller's book offers both general and specific information about controlling the spread of nonnative invasive plants. The guide provides illustrated directions for applying herbicides to target nonnatives while avoiding damage to desirable plants, as well as suggestions for burning, hand pulling, and mechanical treatments. Specific prescriptions for the nonnative invasive plants highlighted in the guide follow the general guidelines.

Miller stresses that actual eradication is just one phase of an integrated approach that involves continuing surveillance and rehabilitation. "It is important to realize that eradicating infestations of invasive plants usually takes several years of treatment and many more of surveillance," said Miller. "The rehabilitation phase is extremely important. To protect and stabilize the soil, fast-growing native plants that can outcompete and outlast any surviving nonnative plants must be planted soon after eradication."

Miller's guide will serve as the instructional framework for a regional workshop on nonnative invasive plants held on June 4-5 in Greenville, SC. "Terrestrial Plant Invasions in the Temperate South: The Problem, Consequences, and Taking Control" is designed to inform participants about the many resource and social problems caused by nonnative invasive plants in Southern forests, and to provide information about identification and control.


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Contact: Dr. James H. Miller
jmiller01@fs.fed.us
334-826-8700
Southern Research Station - USDA Forest Service
30-May-2003


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