The Most Popular Mobile Applications (Apps) for Invasive Plant Managers

The Most Popular Mobile Applications (Apps) for Invasive Plant Managers

In January 2018, a web-based survey on mobile applications was emailed to invasive plant managers to identify mobile-device applications currently used to support invasive plant management activities and share information on how individual apps ranked in terms of user satisfaction. Details on demographics and affiliation for this survey are available at here.

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West Region Summary: The Most Popular Mobile Applications for Invasive Plant Managers

West Region Summary: The Most Popular Mobile Applications for Invasive Plant Managers

In January 2018, a web-based survey on mobile applications was emailed to invasive plant managers to identify mobile-device applications currently used to support invasive plant management activities and share information on how individual apps ranked in terms of user satisfaction. Results from western states are summarized in this article.

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Native and Exotic Thistles: Who's Jekyll, Who's Hyde?

Native and Exotic Thistles: Who's Jekyll, Who's Hyde?

There are five common exotic thistles (exluding Centaurea spp., both the starthistles and knapweeds) in the western U.S. that are problematic to some degree across a variety of habitats.

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Studies explore the influence of plant-pollinator interactions on native plant communities threatened by invasive plants

Studies explore the influence of plant-pollinator interactions on native plant communities threatened by invasive plants

Two field studies in Montana and Illinois explore the influence of plant-pollinator interactions on native plant communities threatened by invasive plants.

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Proper Herbicide Application Timing Maximizes Invasive Plant Control

Proper Herbicide Application Timing Maximizes Invasive Plant Control

Spring and early summer can be excellent times to control actively growing invasive plants with herbicides. Applying herbicides to the target plant at the optimum growth stage is important to maximize control. The following guidelines provide information on the best application timing and rate to control key invasive plants.

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Medusahead Seed Suppression with Spring Application of Milestone® Specialty Herbicide

Medusahead Seed Suppression with Spring Application of Milestone® Specialty Herbicide

The effectiveness of spring-applied Milestone® specialty herbicide in controlling medusahead seed production was tested in northern California. Read about the effectiveness of controlling this invasive grass with selective herbicides.

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Dolores River Restoration Partnership

Dolores River Restoration Partnership

In 2009 a coalition of concerned individuals and agencies took action to restore about 175 miles of riparian habitat along the Dolores River between McPhee Reservoir and its confluence with the Colorado River just north of Moab, Utah. 

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Are Drones in Your Future?

Are Drones in Your Future?

New technology for treating invasive plants in inaccessible areas—Engineering firms specializing in mobile robotic systems have developed multirotor drones (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle- UAV) complete with a lightweight spray system that can be used for a variety of agricultural applications. 

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Sustainable Management of Non-Native Thistles on Colorado’s Western Slope

Sustainable Management of Non-Native Thistles on Colorado’s Western Slope

A research project was initiated on a 10,670-acre ranch near Cimmarron, Colorado to develop sustainable management strategies for musk and Canada thistle. Objectives of the study were three-fold: 1) Investigate invasive thistle distribution through geospatial analysis; 2) determine effects of musk thistle management on forage quality and native plant diversity; and 3) develop a sustainable invasive plant management plan for the ranch.

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Tamarisk Coalition Unites Partners in Watershed-Scale Restoration

Tamarisk Coalition Unites Partners in Watershed-Scale Restoration

Along the Colorado River near Grand Junction, a group of river guides, biologists, concerned citizens, and conservationists gather for an annual float trip to observe riparian restoration efforts. Rusty Lloyd, program director for the Tamarisk Coalition, and others in this group share concerns about the health of the Colorado and other rivers in the West.

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How much is enough: Effect of Spray Volume on Controlling Invasive Knotweeds

How much is enough: Effect of Spray Volume on Controlling Invasive Knotweeds

Dr. Mark Renz and Tony Summers with the University of Wisconsin conducted a field study in 2014 in McFarland, Wisconsin to determine if the amount of spray volume would impact knotweed control with Milestone at the spot treatment rate of 14 fluid ounces per acre (fl oz/A).

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Effect of Aerial Herbicide Treatments on Russian Olive Control

Effect of Aerial Herbicide Treatments on Russian Olive Control

Historical management of Russian olive includes mechanical cutting, mowing or shredding followed by herbicide treatments. However, there was limited data on the effectiveness of aerial application of triclopyr ester (Remedy® Ultra) or amine (Garlon® 3A) applied alone and in combination with Milestone® specialty herbicide on Russian olive.  Research methods and results from a study conducted in northcentral Montana are described within this article.

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Patience is Key to Controlling Cholla with Herbicides

Patience is Key to Controlling Cholla with Herbicides

Cholla (Cylindropuntia imbricata) often becomes problematic on rangeland when desirable grasses are depleted by drought or over-utilization. The effectiveness of various management methods are discussed including hand and mechanical removal, herbicide rates and  mixing guidelines, and management considerations for using herbicides to optimize cholla control. 

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Twenty Years of Success: Managing Tansy Ragwort in Northwestern Montana

Twenty Years of Success: Managing Tansy Ragwort in Northwestern Montana

The Little Wolf Fire began in August of 1994, burning over 15,000 acres of national forest and private timber lands in northwestern Montana.  Open sites created by the burn and disturbance from fire-fighting activities provided ideal habitat for tansy ragwort. The County Weed District and other partners organized a cooperative weed management area (CWMA) and developed management plans to contain tansy ragwort.

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