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Field Guide to Invasive Plants of the Midwest

Invasive plants challenge the goals, resources, and morale of the people whose passion or livelihood is the conservation of biological diversity, natural resource management, or environmental protection.This field guide covers 36 species, a handful of the invasive plants in the eight-state region covered here. See the “Watch List” section for other important invasive species in the Midwest. In order to make this guide useful for the general public, we avoid most of the specialized botanical language, but see the glossary for unfamiliar terms. The “Other Resources” section provides a good starting point to learn more.

Habitat Restoration Techniques and Management Opportunities for American Woodcock (BEG)

2015 Science, Practice & Art of Restoring Native Ecosystems presentation by Eric Ellis from the Ruffed Grouse Society/American Woodcock Society

Monsters In Your Yard bifold handout

A pamphlet to let landowners know how to identify and handle Japanese knotweed/Phragmites/garlic mustard to prevent their spread.

Full Circle Learning and Living: Promoting Resilience in Ecosystem Relations 1

2015 Science, Practice & Art of Restoring Native Ecosystems presentation by Heather Naigus from Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission

Natural Patterns of Sustainability: Group Decision Making

2015 Science, Practice & Art of Restoring Native Ecosystems presentation by Steve Thomas from Atwell LLC

Developing an Effective Approach for Identifying and Mapping Vernal Pools

2015 Science, Practice & Art of Restoring Native Ecosystems presentation by Yu Man Lee, Helen Enander, Daria Hyde, Michigan Natural Features Inventory; Laura Bourgeau-Chavez, Michigan Tech Research Institute of Michigan Technological University

Understanding: Lake Ecology Primer

A primary goal of this resource is to use beautiful aquatic ecosystems to assist in the teaching of core physical, chemical, biological, and mathematical principles, as well as modern computer technology, while also improving our students' general understanding of water - the most fundamental substance necessary for sustaining life on our planet.

Weed Control Methods Handbook: Tools & Techniques for Use in Natural Areas

This handbook provides you with detailed information about the tools and techniques available for controlling invasive plants, or weeds, in natural areas.

Great Lakes Phragmites Collaborative

The Great Lakes Phragmites Collaborative (GLPC) is a regional partnership established to improve communication and collaboration and lead to more coordinated, efficient and strategic approaches to Phragmites management, restoration and research across the Great Lakes basin in both the United States and Canada. The number of multimedia resources on Phragmites has exploded in recent years. As the digital hub for Phragmites in the Great Lakes, the GLPC has designed a website to be an orderly presentation of many of the Phragmites resources.

Guide to the Control and Management of Invasive Phragmites - 3rd Edition

The goal of this guide is to provide information about effective methods to control and manage phragmites. This guide presents a compilation of techniques, based on four years of research and more than 10 years of land managers' on-the-ground experience, to control the nonnative variety of phragmites.

Ask the Experts - Herbicide Handout

Which herbicides are the most effective and least toxic for controlling invasive plants in prairies? This document attempts to answer this question.

Keynote: Restoration and Reciprocity: Finding Common Ground Between Traditional and Scientific Knowledge

2015 Science, Practice & Art of Restoring Native Ecosystems Keynote presentation by Robin Wall Kimmerer from State University of New York

Managing Michigan's Wildlife: A Landowner's Guide

The purpose of this guide is to present landowners with a variety of methods through which they can improve wildlife habitat on their property, and ease the consequences of our changed ecosystems. Each chapter pertains to managing different ecosystems or species in Michigan.

Japanese Hedge Parsley Treatment Options

Japanese hedge parsley is similar to the all‐too‐familiar invasive species called garlic mustard in that it has two distinct growing stages—a first year, seedling/ basal rosette and a second‐year seed producing plant. Control efforts must consider of the plant’s maturity and life cycle. This guide outlines the treatment options for controlling Japanese Hedge Parsley.

Invasive Species Best Control Practices

These guides include information on the origin and impacts of each species, descriptions with photos, and characteristics that can be used to distinguish them from similar species. Information on reproduction and dispersal methods is also included; an understanding of these traits can be important in controlling a particular species.

How to Establish a Prairie From Seed

Nature makes it look simple and beautiful, but the many complicated human decisions and actions required to successfully grow a native plant community (prairie, meadow, wetland, savanna or woodland) from seed can prove daunting, even to more experienced gardeners or landscapers. This guide seeks to make this process simpler by discussing it as an eight-step endeavor.

Right of Way Best Management Practices for Invasive Species Control

A summary of websites and documents on state, non-profit organization, and federal best management practices for controlling invasive species along rights of way. Also included are the Xerces Society recommendations on managing roadsides to enhance bee and butterfly habitat.

Our Duty and Responsibility as Anishinabekwe

2015 Science, Practice & Art of Restoring Native Ecosystems presentation by Josephine Mandamin, Wikwemikong Unceded Nation

Herbicide Effectiveness on Invasive Plants in Wisconsin

Based on research and field observations, this newly revised publication highlights the effectiveness of 35 herbicides on 32 different invasive plants commonly found in fields enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) in Wisconsin, all in a sturdy fold-out poster form for easy reference (4 pages; 2012).

Resilient Rights-of-Way Panel Discussion: Making the Most of Our Roadsides

2015 Science, Practice & Art of Restoring Native Ecosystems panel discussion with Martha Holzheuer, Environmental Consulting & Technology, Inc., Rob Roman, Linn County Secondary Road Department; Luba Sitar and Amy Murray, ITC Holdings Corp.; Marc Sherman, Utilities Lines Construction Services

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