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Web Based Resources

ALIEN PLANT WORKING GROUP WEBPAGE

US FOREST SERVICE INVASIVES WEBPAGE

THE BUG NETWORK*

* This website is primarily a source for invasive exotic insects but has information on other forest pests, invasive plants, integrated pest management as well as providing an excellent source for a wide variety of forest/forestry photos.

 NATIONAL INVASIVE SPECIES INFORMATION CENTER

THE DIRTY DOZEN INVASIVE SPECIES OF WEST VIRGINIA (by the Division of Natural Resources)

 

Books

Biologic Control of Invasive Plants in the Eastern United States.  Roy Van Driesche, Bernd Blossey, Mark Hoddle, and Richard Reardon (2002).  413 Pages.  Hard Bound.  USDA Forest Service Publication Number FHTET-2002-04.  This publication is a comprehensive look at "biologic control" of invasive exotic plants.  Biologic control involves no use of chemicals (herbicide application) or mechanical means (cutting, plowing, disking, etc.) of the area effected by the invasive plants.  It involves the introduction of other plants to out-compete the invader, insects to feed on the invasive, or pathogens which will effect only the invasive plant species.  Biologic weed control has been most successful outside of croplands, primarily in rangeland, pasture, and water bodies.  There is ongoing research as to biologic control measures for forestland.

This Book can be obtained by contacting Richard Reardon, US Forest Service, Morgantown, WV 26505, 304-285-1566, or rreardon@fs.fed.us

 

Pamphlets and Other Publications

Weeds of the Week  These fact sheets are made available through the USDA Forest Service, Forest Health Staff.  This is not a complete list of all invasives, and some of the species included in this list are not common nor a problem in West Virginia.  These are merely the fact sheets that have been made available by the US Forest Service to date (as of Monday, March 5, 2007).  The species below that are highlighted by ITALICIZED & ALL CAPS are those especially problematic to woodlands in various regions of West Virginia.

Amur Maple

Arrow Bamboo

Beefsteak Plant

Bell’s Honeysuckle

Bird's-foot Trefoil

Bittersweet Nightshade

Black Jetbead

Black Swallow-wort

Brown Knapweed

Butterfly Bush

Bull Thistle

Carolina Fanwort

Cheatgrass

Chinaberry Tree

Chinese Elm

Chocolate Vine

Climbing Euonymus

Common Barberry

COMMON MULLEIN

Common St. John's Wort

Cogongrass

Common Chickweed

Crack Willow

Cutleaf Blackberry

Cypress Spurge

Dalmatian Toadflax

Diffuse Knapweed

Elecampane

European Mountain Ash

European White Birch

Exotic Wisteria

Flowering Rush

Fuzzy Pride-of-Rochester

Garden Valerian

Garlic Mustard

Giant Knotweed

Giant Reed

Glossy Buckthorn

Golden Bamboo

Ground Ivy

Guelder Rose

Hairy Willow-Herb

Hairy Vetch

Hop

Japanese Black Pine

Japanese Bristlegrass

Japanese Honeysuckle

Japanese Pachysandra

Japanese Spiraea

Jimsonweed

Johnson Grass

Jointhead Grass

Kochia

KUDZU

Leafy Spurge

Marsh Thistle

Moneywort

Musk Thistle

Nandina

Narrowleaved Cattail

Norway Maple

Oriental Ladysthumb

Oxeye Daisy

Paper Mulberry

Para Grass

Piedmont Bedstraw

Purple Loosestrife

Quackgrass

Rose of Sharon

Saltcedar

Scotch Broom

Sericea Lespedeza

Siberian Elm

Silk Tree (mimosa)

Sheperd's Purse

Skeletonweed

Slender Russian Thistle

Small Broomrape

Spiney Plumeless Thistle

Spotted Knapweed

Sweet Autumn Virginsbower

Sweet Cherry

Tall Fescue

Tansy Ragwort

Tropical Soda Apple

Velvetleaf

Weeping Lovegrass

Weeping Willow

Whitetop

White Poplar

Wild Parsnip

Winged Euonymus

Yellow Iris

Yellow Sweetclover

Yellow Toadflax