Ecology and Management of Invasive Species and Forest Ecosystems

Featured Publications

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.

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Schweitzer, Callie; Clark, Stacy L.; Gottschalk, Kurt W.; Stringer, Jeff; Sitzlar, Robbie. 2014. Proactive restoration: Planning, implementation, and early results of silvicultural strategies for increasing resilience against gypsy moth infestation in upland oak forests on the Daniel Boone National Forest, Kentucky. Journal of Forestry 112: 401-411.

Silviculture for Invasive Species

Silvicultural practices including harvesting techniques, prescribed fire, site preparation, tree planting, and release treatments (such as herbicides, mowing, and thinning) influence invasive species establishment and spread. Best management practices may reduce the risk of spreading or introducing invasive species. Silvicultural treatments may also improve regeneration methods for restoration of forest ecoystems impacted by invasive insects, plants, and diseases. We conduct research to evaluate silvicultural methods for regeneration and for reallocation of light, water, and nutrient among trees to improve tree vigor and lower susceptibility to infestation by invasive species.