Invasive Species Awareness. Objectives. Define what is a weed, an invasive species and a noxious weed. Describe how and why invasive species are detrimental to public lands. Describe your responsibility as a employee in BLM’s weed management program. You will be able to:.
Any plant that interferes with management objectives.
Include non-native or native
Plants designated by law as undesirable and requiring control.
Usually non-natives and highly invasive or poisonous.
Of the 261 million acres managed by the BLM, over 35 million acres of public lands (an area the size of the State of Wisconsin) are infested with invasive and noxious weeds.
Photo by S. Simonson, CSU
The BLM emphasizes:
Control and Management – Integrated Pest Management approach using all available tools to control and manage invasive species:
------ Inventory - 10 million acres annually
------ Weed Treatments - 350,000 acres annually
------ Monitoring - 475,000 acres annually
------ Restoration - 25,000 acres annually
Weed management projects supported by other BLM programs i.e., Range Improvements, Emergency Stabilization & Rehabilitation, and Wildlife
spent annually to control invasive species
The estimated damage from invasives worldwide totals more than $1.4 trillion – five percent of the global economy. ( Nature Conservancy)
Don’t drive or park in weed infested areas.
Don’t incorrectly collect weeds
Clean shoes and socks
Remove seeds from animals
Purchase and use weed-free materials
Inform/educate public land users.
Appropriately code time spent on weeds work.
Report it - know local and state weed coordinators.
Use other contacts.
1.Get identity confirmed.
2. Collect a specimen.
3. Bag, Tag and Flag.
4. If in doubt, don’t pull it out.
5. Facilitate future control.
any non-native species whose introduction does or is likely to cause economic or environmental harm or harm to human health, and that outcompete native species for the resources necessary to exist.
Executive Order 13112 of February 3, 1999
Federal Register / Vol. 64, No. 25 / Monday, February 8, 1999 / Presidential Documents 6183
Executive Order 13286 of February 28, 2003
Amendment of Executive Orders, and Other Actions, in Connection
With the Transfer of Certain Functions to the Secretary
of Homeland Security