General References about Invasive Plants

Text Materials:

DeVine, John. Alien Invasion: America's Battle with Non-native Animals and Plants.
1998. National Geographic Society. (A book for the layman, outlining the critical problems
presented by invasive species, some control efforts, and many carelessly conceived control

Also, Invasive Plants: Weeds of the Global Garden, Randall, JM, J Marinelli (Eds), 1996, Brooklyn botanic Garden, 1000 Washington Ave, Brooklyn, NY, 11225 (also available through bookstores)

To learn more about other invasive plants and their control You can order Conservation Notes of the New England Wild Flower Society, Vol. 2, No. 3 (1998) special issue on "INVADERS". Individuals or those with multiple orders can order the magazine for $4 (includes postage) each from the New England Wild Flower Society at 180 Hemenway Road, Framingham, MA, 01710. Telephone: (508)-877-7630. This is a wealth of information, with references to other texts and websites. 

Another general reference is the Vermont Invasive Exotic Plant Fact Sheet Series, produced by the Departments of Environmental Conservation and Fish and Wildlife, the VT Agency of Natural Resources, and The Nature Conservancy of VT. Spring, 1998 

Stolzenburg, William. 1999.  Double Agents. Nature Conservancy. 49(4):10-24 (outlines The Nature Conservancy's cautious approach in agreeing to biocontrol in some cases)

Websites dealing with Invasive Plants:

A site maintained by the Federal Interagency Committee for the Management of Noxious Weeds includes information on invasive species, legislation, biodiversty, control issues

A US Fish and Wildlife Service site that contains a  handbook for ranking exotic plants for management and control.

The Federal Department of Agriculture has a database of all sorts of plants, including many invasive species.  For many, there is complete description, photo, and links to other websites.  The USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) also has a noxious weeds site.

Noxious Weeds of North America project; sponsored by the Natural Resource Conservation Service of the USDA, is an incomplete site, but what data is there is well presented.

The Nature Conservancy website on invasive plants provides a wealth of references, facts about plants, control methods, links to other websites.

The search engine Google has an invasive plants category.

The New England Wildflower Society has a page of references about invasive plants, as well as a limited  question/answer page

The Connecticut River Joint Commissions has recently published a set of fact sheets about riparian buffers. One of these, Planting Riparian Buffers, describes alternative (mostly native) plants which will be useful to folks who wish to restore riparian areas which have become infested with invasive plants.  (You will have to request the detailed charts of suggested vegetation)