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* 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.
THE DIRTY DOZEN INVASIVE SPECIES OF WEST VIRGINIA (by the Division of Natural Resources)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.