Control and Management

Some invasive species may be too widespread to contain and/or eradicate. However, control and management efforts slow and/or reduce their impacts. NISC approved Control and Management Guidelines in 2005 based on the work of the ISAC/NISC Control and Management Subcommittee.

Control and management of invasive species is accomplished using modern resource management methods. Several complementary methods may be implemented in an overall strategy to protect ecosystems and aid in their recovery.

Strategies are analyzed and adjusted as needed, and work (including follow-up and monitoring) is conducted for many years. Control efforts reduce invasive species to more acceptable levels, and management prevents their spread or re-emergence.

Scientific advances can dramatically improve the outlook for the control of certain species.

Federal, state, county, tribal or private entities have developed specific control plans for specific invasive species or for certain areas. Control and management efforts are usually site-specific and species-specific, but there are examples of successful control strategies.

Once invasive species are removed, plants and animals can recover. However, natural recovery processes can be overwhelmed by invasive species and restoration is required. Although restoration efforts have common elements, each area is unique. Work must be guided based by site-specific considerations and analysis.

Even the best restoration efforts may not return and ecosystem to its desired condition. It is far better to prevent or control invasive species before restoration is required.

Restoration Success Stories are site-specific examples that may include valuable lessons learned for current and future restoration efforts.

For information concerning the control and management of a specific invasive species you may wish to contact your local County Extension Office.