Preventing the Spread of Invasive Plants: Best Management Practices for Land Managers


Invasive plants can degrade the ecological integrity of wildlands, and land managers employ a range of tactics to reduce this damage. While controlling established infestation is important, prevention is the most cost-effective approach to reduce this damage. This manual presents a set of voluntary guidelines and ready-to-use checklists to help those managing wildlands in California to prevent the accidental spread of terrestrial invasive plants.





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    • Introduction
      Prioritizing BMP Implementation
      Pre-Activity Assessment Outline
      Ch. 1. Planning BMPs
      Ch. 2. Project Materials BMPs
      Ch. 3. Travel BMPs
      Ch. 4. Tool, Equipment and Vehicle Cleaning BMPs
      Ch. 5. Clothing, Boots and Gear Cleaning BMPs
      Ch. 6. Waste Disposal BMPs
      Ch. 7. Soil Disturbance BMPs
      Ch. 8. Vegetation Management BMPs
      Ch. 9. Revegetation and Landscaping BMPs
      Ch. 10. Fire and Fuel Management BMPs
      10.1 Fire Management Planning BMPs
      10.2 Fuel Management BMPs
      • 10.3 Fire Suppression BMPs
      • 10.4 Post-Fire Activity BMPs




This manual would not have been possible without the expert knowledge generously provided by technical team members across the state.

This report was funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, with funding provided by the USDA Forest Service, State and Private Forestry, through the California Department of Agriculture as well as direct funding from the USDA Forest Service, State and Private Forestry.

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Please cite this report as: Cal-IPC. 2012. Preventing the Spread of Invasive Plants: Best Management Practices For Land Managers (3rd ed.). Cal-IPC Publication 2012-03. California Invasive Plant Council, Berkeley, CA. Available: