Preventing the Spread of Invasive Plants: Best Management Practices for Transportation and Utility Corridors


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Transportation and utility corridors are at-risk sites for the introduction and spread of noxious and invasive plants. Corridor managers and staff can greatly reduce the introduction and spread of invasive plants by incorporating prevention measures into their daily management activities.

Additionally, implementing prevention BMPs in corridor management can reduce maintenance needs and cost, reduce erosion and fire hazards, limit liability for the governing agency, improve appearance, maintain good public relations, and provide wildlife habitat. This manual presents an accessible overview of key prevention measures as well as ready-to-use checklists.



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    • Introduction
    • Prioritizing BMP Implementation
    • Pre-Activity Assessment Outline
    • Ch. 1. General BMPs
    • Ch. 2. Planning BMPs
    • Ch. 3. Materials Management BMPs
    • Ch. 4. Vegetation Management BMPs
    • Ch. 5. Soil Disturbance BMPs
      • Ch. 6. Revegetation and Landscaping BMPs
      Ch. 7. Routine Maintenance and Facility Inspection BMPs


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

Funding was provided by the California Department of Food and Agriculture and USDA Forest Service, State and Private Forestry (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds).

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Please cite this report as: Cal-IPC. 2012. Preventing the Spread of Invasive Plants: Best Management Practices For Transportation and Utility Corridors. Cal-IPC Publication 2012-1. California Invasive Plant Council, Berkeley, CA. Available at

For more information, contact Cal-IPC’s training program.