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Information on Invasive Plants

There are several ways to learn about the status of invasive plants in Alaska.
(1) Annual CNIPM meetings.  They are usually in October.
(2) Material and links on the CNIPM website.  http://www.uaf.edu/ces/cnipm/
(3) Material on the website of the Forest Service: http://www.fs.fed.us/r10/spf/fhp/
This site talks about all forest health issues: forest pathogens, destructive insects, and invasive plants.
(4) Invasive plant section of "Forest Health Conditions Report.
(5) Find the Alaska Integrated Pest Management Program on Facebook.  Our Facebook name is Alaska IPM.  One more way to stay up to date on the latest IPM happenings.
(6) Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission - www.psmfc.org/
 
The Alaska Exotic Plants Information Clearinghouse (AKEPIC) is a cooperative project among the U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, Department of Natural Resources, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Alaska Natural Heritage Program (AKNHP) in support of the Alaska Committee for Noxious and Invasive Plants Management (CNIPM) and the Strategic Plan for Noxious and Invasive Plants Management in Alaska. AKNHP administers the database, mapping application and website for the project.

In The News

KTVA news story on invasive plants

Alaska Strategic Plan

Alaska Statute 03.05.027 (b)(1) directs the Department of Natural Resources, Division of Agriculture to develop, implement, and annually review a comprehensive state strategic plan for the control of noxious weeds, invasive plants, and agricultural pests; the plan must include an early detection and rapid response system for invasive plants consistent with federal guidelines;

The plan covers several subjects including: prevention, regulations and policy, coordination, early detection and rapid response, control and management, inventory, education, and research.

Links to More Information

Alaska Weed Literature - http://akweeds.uaa.alaska.edu/akweeds_literature.htm

Information from the Yukon    http://yukoninvasives.com/

http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2011/02/good-invasives/  is a link to a summary of a recently published article in Conservation Biology about the potential benefits and benign nature of some invasions, contrasting the common perception that any spread is negative.

Non-Native Species Biographies - http://aknhp.uaa.alaska.edu/botany/akepic/non-native-plant-species-biographies/

US Dept of Agriculture Natural Resources & Conservation Service

US National Arboretum

Plant Conservation Alliance

WeedUS (Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health)

Nature Conservancy 

The Alaska Forest Health Protection (FHP) Program works to protect Alaska forest and tree resources from damaging outbreaks of insects, diseases, and invasive plants. FHP does this by providing timely survey and monitoring information, and technical and financial assistance, to Federal, State, and private land managers so they can prevent, suppress, and control outbreaks of forest pests. FHP also helps to maintain, enhance, or restore healthy forest conditions and works in partnership with the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service and State agencies to detect and eradicate newly introduced exotic organisms.

Other Plants

Be aware of these plants in Alaska

Bird Vetch in Alaska Video - http://youtu.be/X_Uh7QZ1jJs 

Knotweed Varieties http://msuextension.org/publications/AgandNaturalResources/EB0196.pdf

Purple Loosestrife -  Lythrum salicaria L - Brochure

Elodea - http://peninsulaclarion.com/outdoors/2013-11-07/refuge-notebook-a-window-of-opportunity-to-eradicate-elodea   - The message is a shot of eradicating the invasive water plant Elodea in two Kenai lakes.  The closing statement reminds teachers, pet stores, and aquarium users, not to dump fish tanks.  It's that simple.  The cost is staggering, and we are not talking just dollars.  Circulate this easy cure on your web pages, FB, and pass this on in your clubs, schools, and anyone that has fish tanks. 

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