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Information on Invasive Plants

Contact the Invasive Plant Chairman for more information.

There are five primary ways to learn about the status of invasive plants in Alaska.
(1) Monthly CNIPM teleconference the first Wednesday of the month, and the number is 907-271-1405.
(2) Annual CNIPM meetings.  They are usually in October.
(3) Material and links on the CNIPM website.
(4) Material on the website of the Forest Service:
This site talks about all forest health issues: forest pathogens, destructive insects, and invasive plants.
(5) Invasive plant section of "Forest Health Conditions Report.
(6) 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.
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

2012 Weed Smackdowns
     Fairbanks - July 14, 2012 from 10am – 1pm
          visit the Smackdown website at or
          Facebook page at
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 -

Juneau Cooperative Weed Management Area

Information from British Columbia  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 -

Michigan State University

Alaska State Site

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

Bird Vetch in Alaska Video - 

Orange Hawkweed -

Reed Canary Grass -  Kenai Russian River area

Japanese or Bohemian Knotweed - Juneau area

Knotweed Varieties

Purple Loosestrife -  Lythrum salicaria L - Brochure

Elodea canadensis, is a marine plant that has been in the news and could be growing in your back yard.  It has been found in Fairbanks.



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