Category: General Publications
Title: Fact Sheet: Exotic Species Management at Landscape Scales
Author: * Springer, J.D.
Subject: Exotics, Landscape scale
Abstract: Invasions by exotic plant species can threaten forest ecosystems in numerous ways. Identifying relationships be-tween exotic species invasions and native vegetation, soil properties, and disturbance could be helpful for managing exotic plants by pinpointing the ecological conditions most susceptible to invasion. Ecosystem classification, such as the U.S. Forest Service’s Terrestrial Ecosystem Survey (TES) in Region 3, is a valuable tool for integrating factors like environment and disturbance that affect exotic species distributions across landscapes. However, its potential has been little explored for this purpose. For this study, exotic plants were measured on 66 plots in 10 ecosystem types encompassing a range of climatic regimes and soil parent materials in an area within the Coconino National Forest (Arizona) covered by a TES. Ecosystems ranged from xeric, nutrient-poor, black cinder ecosystems contain-ing little understory vegetation, to moist basalt ecosystems with silt loam soils and productive understories.
Type: Fact Sheet
Source: Ecological Restoration Institute Fact Sheet
Publisher: Ecological Restoration Institute/NAU