Non-native Plants and Adaptive Collaborative Approaches to Ecosystem Restoration in the United States

  • John Schelhas
  • James H. Miller
  • Jeanne Chambers
Part of the World Forests book series (WFSE, volume 16)


Non-native invasive plants pose a serious socio-ecological challenge due to their potential to replace and damage human-sustaining ecosystems. Widespread, rapid, and unpredictable changes in ecosystems suggest that this challenge requires a new approach integrating adaptive management, collaboration, and ecological restoration ecology. Although such approaches have been embraced in ideal form, the actual practice of these approaches is complex. This chapter reviews recent developments in addressing invasive plant species in the southeastern and western US these cases illustrate how new knowledge platforms raise awareness of invasive plant issues and promote action, the ways that vertical and horizontal collaborative relationships are forming, and the importance of science. While these cases fall short of the ideal of adaptive collaborative restoration, they share many of its characteristics and can be moved further toward it.


Invasive Plant Adaptive Management Great Basin Sagebrush Steppe Land Management Agency 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • John Schelhas
    • 1
  • James H. Miller
    • 2
  • Jeanne Chambers
    • 3
  1. 1.Southern Research Station, USDA Forest ServiceAthensUSA
  2. 2.Southern Research Station, USDA Forest ServiceAuburn UniversityAuburnUSA
  3. 3.Rocky Mountain Research Station, USDA Forest ServiceRenoUSA

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