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Invasive Species in Forests and Rangelands of the United States

A Comprehensive Science Synthesis for the United States Forest Sector

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  • The most Comprehensive Review of Wide-Ranging Issues Related to Invasive Species

  • State-of-the-Art on the Science Behind Invasive Species Ecology, Impacts, and Practical tools for Management

  • Contributions from over 100 National experts provide Cultural, Economic, Scientific and Social Contexts for Addressing the Environmental Challenges Presented by Invasive Species

  • Improving Understanding of Non-Native Invasive Species in North America, from Plants, Insects and Vertebrates to Aquatic Organisms and Pathogens

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This open access book describes the serious threat of invasive species to native ecosystems. Invasive species have caused and will continue to cause enormous ecological and economic damage with ever increasing world trade. This multi-disciplinary book, written by over 100 national experts, presents the latest research on a wide range of natural science and social science fields that explore the ecology, impacts, and practical tools for management of invasive species. It covers species of all taxonomic groups from insects and pathogens, to plants, vertebrates, and aquatic organisms that impact a diversity of habitats in forests, rangelands and grasslands of the United States. It is well-illustrated, provides summaries of the most important invasive species and issues impacting all regions of the country, and includes a comprehensive primary reference list for each topic. This scientific synthesis provides the cultural, economic, scientific and social context for addressing environmental challenges posed by invasive species and will be a valuable resource for scholars, policy makers, natural resource managers and practitioners.

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Table of contents (17 chapters)


“This book will be a go-to reference on invasive species. I imagine keeping it within sight on my bookshelf and re-reading descriptions … . The book will likely be useful for biologists studying invasive species, land managers, conservation practitioners, and graduate students. … Overall, this is an impressive synthesis. … This book helps shed light on what we know and what we need to do about this troubling aspect of global change.” (R. Travis Belote, Biological Invasions, Vol. 23, 2021)

Editors and Affiliations

  • U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station, Lansing, USA

    Therese M. Poland

  • U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Sustainable Forest Management Research, Washington, DC, USA

    Toral Patel-Weynand, Deborah C. Hayes

  • U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Albuquerque, USA

    Deborah M. Finch

  • U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Southern Research Station, Coweeta Hydrologic Lab, Otto, USA

    Chelcy Ford Miniat

  • U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, State and Private Forestry, Washington, DC, USA

    Vanessa M. Lopez

About the editors

The editors are USDA Forest Service research scientists, managers, and national program leaders who specialize on invasive species and strategic planning for research and management programs.  Therese Poland is a research entomologist and conducts research to develop tools for detecting and managing invasive insects; Toral Patel-Weynand is the national program director for Sustainable Forest Management Research and coordinates national strategies and research priorities on forest management research and sustainability issues including disturbance from invasive species; Deborah Finch is a research biologist and specializes on management of invasive plants and fuel to reduce fire risk as well as their impacts on ecosystem processes and functions; Chelcy Ford Miniat is a research ecologist and studies how invasive species affect carbon, nutrient, and water cycling processes; Vanessa Lopez serves as the national program leader for invasive plants with Forest Service State and Private Forestry and has previously worked on invasive insects and diseases including research on dispersal and biological control of woodboring beetles.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Invasive Species in Forests and Rangelands of the United States

  • Book Subtitle: A Comprehensive Science Synthesis for the United States Forest Sector

  • Editors: Therese M. Poland, Toral Patel-Weynand, Deborah M. Finch, Chelcy Ford Miniat, Deborah C. Hayes, Vanessa M. Lopez

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  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Biomedical and Life Sciences, Biomedical and Life Sciences (R0)

  • Copyright Information: This is a U.S. government work and not under copyright protection in the U.S.; foreign copyright protection may apply 2021

  • License: CC BY

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-45366-4Published: 02 February 2021

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-030-45369-5Published: 26 December 2021

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-45367-1Published: 01 February 2021

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XLII, 455

  • Number of Illustrations: 20 b/w illustrations, 67 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Ecosystems, Environment, general, Terrestial Ecology, Landscape Ecology, Ecology

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