Salmon River Breaks Restoration Pilot Project

Salmon River Breaks Restoration Pilot Project

The Salmon-Challis National Forest and partners initiated a pilot project in fall, 2018 to determine if cheatgrass, spotted knapweed and other invasive plants could be controlled, and create more functional native plant communities. Results showed that Milestone®plus Plateau provided about 90% control of both annual grasses and spotted knapweed 8 months after treatment.

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Native Hardwood Tree Seedling Establishment Following Invasive Autumn-Olive (Elaeagnus umbellata) Removal on a Reclaimed Coal Mine

Native Hardwood Tree Seedling Establishment Following Invasive Autumn-Olive (Elaeagnus umbellata) Removal on a Reclaimed Coal Mine

Coal mining has caused large-scale disturbance on over 1.5 million acres in Appalachia. Invasive, non-native autumn olive was historically planted on former coalfields and now impedes reclamation efforts. Read about studies conducted by Virginia Tech on managing autumn olive and restoring native hardwoods.

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Canada Thistle Affects Herbage Production in the Northern Great Plains

Canada thistle can cause greater than 50% yield loss in small grain crops, but little is known about production losses when the weed invades pasture and wildlands. Change in grass, forb, and woody species production from Canada thistle infestations was evaluated in two separate studies in North Dakota.

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Constructing Standard Invasion Curves from Herbarium Data—Toward Increased Predictability of Plant Invasions

by Pedro M. Antunes and Brandon Schamp. Invasive Plant Science and Management, 10(4):293-303. 2017.

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Is it possible to predict which nonnative plant species will become invasive weeds and when? Authors explore challenges related to developing invasion curves for plants using herbarium data.  The goal is to better position herbaria and researchers to assist natural resource managers in prioritizing needs, supporting management decisions and developing prevention and monitoring programs.  

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Native Grass Establishment following Application of Pyridine Herbicides

By Rodney Lym and others.

Results of a regional study, to evaluate the effect of several herbicides on cool- and warm-season native grass species establishment, showed that Milestone specialty herbicide can safely be used to control susceptible invasive plants preceding grass species establishment.  READ MORE