Forest Health Protection
1720 Peachtree Road, NW
Room 816 N
Atlanta, GA 30309
Phone: (404) 347-7478
Fax: (404) 347-1880
Non-Native Invasive Plants
threaten the sustainability of our forest ecosystems, regionally, nationally,
and globally. Forests within the thirteen states of the Southern Region
are rich in biological diversity and provide vital goods and services.
The current infestations and growing threat of non-native invasive (NNI)
species can displace diversity and habitats, disrupt vital ecosystem functions,
and degrade productivity and recreational benefits. NNI plants have increased
in their range and severity, while others await entry through global commerce.
In FY 2003 R8
received the first funding for cooperative work on NNI plants.
Since that time
9 of 13 states in R8 have established NNI plant projects.
State Forestry Agencies, State Departments of Agriculture, non profit
organizations, land grant universities, and county governments.
(FL, GA, NC, AR, MS, and TX) have multiple projects.
Most major invasive
plants are involved in at least one project (Chinese privet, Chinese
tallow tree, cogongrass, Ailanthus altissima, kudzu, autumn olive,
old world climbing fern, Japanese climbing fern, Japanese silt grass,
In excess of
2,000 acres have been treated to control NNI plants.
acres have been surveyed for the presence of NNI plants.
has been or will be restored on over 300 acres.
Training in identification
and control techniques have been provided to over 2000 land managers.
Protection projects have leveraged over $1,336,900 for use in NNI
FHP support has
played a key role in establishing Exotic Pest Plant Councils in three
- Installation of
demonstration projects in GA (3), NC (2), MS (2), AR, and TN have increased
public awareness of the role of FHP in non native plant management.
plant management issue is one that truly concerns land managers in
the Southern Region.
FHP is recognized
as a leader in evaluating technology and developing and supporting
implementation of management strategies for NNI plants.
- The program is
maturing in the Region and is ready for the next step; providing significant
cost share opportunities for land managers.
1720 Peachtree Road, NW, Room815 N
Atlanta, GA 30309
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