Author: Nancy Olmstead, Invasive Plant Biologist, Maine Natural Areas Program, Dept. of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry
New! Field Guide to Invasive Plants in Maine
Have you been looking for a handy, portable field guide to help you identify and control invasive plants in your backyard, town forest, nature preserve, or seashore? The Maine Natural Areas Program, within the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, has just published the Maine Invasive Plants Field Guide, a field guide to identification and control of 46 invasive plants.
With this field guide in your backpack or pocket, you will be well-equipped to determine if a plant is invasive. You can then consider how to control it on your property or with your local conservation commission or land trust. Each species account has detailed information on identification characters, native range, reproductive traits, similar species, and control strategies. Color photos show plant form and key identification traits.
The field guide also includes a comprehensive section on how to manage invasive plants, including Integrated Pest Management, prioritization, assessment, control, disposal, and monitoring. Principles of manual and herbicide control are outlined to help you get started. You can make a difference through careful invasive plant management which improves habitat for beneficial native plants, insects, and other wildlife!
The waterproof, compact Maine Invasive Plants Field Guide is available for purchase from the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry for $24.95 (plus shipping and tax). See the website of the Maine Natural Areas Program for more information and an order form: https://www.maine.gov/dacf/mnap/about/publications/mipfg.html
For more information on invasive plants, visit: www.imapinvasives.org