Proposed BMPs for Invasive Plant Mitigation during Timber Harvesting Operations
Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-118. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 12 p.
The invasion and spread of invasive plants is a major problem in forested ecosystems. Invasive plants can displace existing vegetation and in some cases take over the site. With the displacement of native vegetation come major ecosystem changes that may jeopardize ecological processes and functions as well as habitat for wildlife. The disturbance caused during timber harvesting processes creates conditions that encourage the establishment and spread of invasive plants. The machinery and traffic movement within a job site may introduce and spread seeds, roots, and plant parts from one job site to another. In this report, we address the timber harvesting processes and the disturbance that is created; explain how seeds, roots, and other parts of invasive plants can be spread; address the opportunity costs involved and those responsible; and propose voluntary BMPs for invasive plant mitigation during timber harvesting operations.
Keywordstimber harvesting processes; BMPs; invasive plants; ecological functions; wildlife habitat; opportunity costs
LeDoux, Chris B.; Martin, Danielle K. 2013. Proposed BMPs for Invasive Plant Mitigation during Timber Harvesting Operations. Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-118. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 12 p. https://doi.org/10.2737/NRS-GTR-118.