Fire Use & Fuels Management - Fire and Invasive Plant Species


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Best Practices Contacts Tools and Resources Demonstration Sites Species Specific


Best Management Practices

Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Michigan Natural Features Inventory Best Control Practice Guides

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Invasive Species

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Forestry Best Management Practices for Invasive Species

Invasive Plant Species Contacts


Upper Peninsula, Cooperative Weed Management Areas

Southern Lower Peninsula, The Stewardship Network Clusters

Minnesota, Terrestrial Invasive Species Contacts

Wisconsin Regional and County Weed Groups

US Forest Service, Non-native, Invasive Species Forest Coordinators

Online Tools and Resources


Wildland fire in Ecosystems: fire and nonnative invasive plants. USFS. 2008

Fire and Non-native Grass Invasion Interact to Suppress Tree Regeneration in Temperate Deciduous Forests. Journal of Applied Ecology 2015


A Fire Manager's Approach to Invasive Species pdf or pptx (large Microsoft PowerPoint file)

Fire effects on the highly invasive Oriental bittersweet (Oct 2012)

Web Resources

Fire Effects Information System (FEIS) provides updated scientific and technical information about interactions between fire and plant species that have been identified as invasive in at least some locations.

Midwest Invasive Plant Network: (MIPN) provides documents, webinars, and education material on the control of invasive plant species common to the Midwest.

MIPN Smartphone App, Landscape Alternatives for Invasive Plants of the Midwest. Free.

Midwest Invasive Species Information Network (MISIN) is an evolving data aggregation effort targeting invasive species early detection and rapid response needs within the Midwest region of the United States.

MISIN Smartphone App, a mobile solution for the capture of invasive species field observation data. Free.

Great Lakes Early Detection Network offers customized alerts, verification services, data integration, and mapping services. Interfaces with Bugwood apps for smartphones.

Early Detection & Distribution Mapping System provides maps and a picture of the distribution of invasive species across the U.S. and Canada.

Bugwood Wiki, Invasipedia houses information on invasive plants, animals, and pathogens, and especially how to best manage them.

Bugwood Apps for Smartphones comprehensive mobile applications that engage users with invasive species, forest health, and natural resource and agricultural management. Free.

Global Invasive Species Database: Provides ecology, impact, and management information including the use of fire to control many invasive species found globally and in the Lake States.

National Invasive Species Information Center (NISIC): Reference gateway to invasive species information; covering Federal, State, local, and international sources. Part of the USDA National Agricultural Library.

Invasive Plant Control Database: Expert opinion on the control of invasive plants common to the midwestern United States. Maintained by the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Introduction to Vegetation Management Guide: Guidelines for the management of specific invasive species. Provided by the Illinois Natural History Survey, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Center for Invasive Plant Management: Provides links to documents and websites that describe using prescribed fire as a tool for invasive plant species management.

Demonstration Sites

Cut River, Fire use for Invasives Control, MI - A mesic northern hardwood forest where the MI DNR combined prescribed burns and herbicide treatments to control Garlic Mustard (Alliaria petiolata) over more than 70 acres.


Species Specific Information

Phragmites (Common reed)

   Fact Sheet
   Best Management Practices

   Recent Symposium
   Landowners Guide to Phragmites Control

A Guide to the Control and Management of Invasive Phragmites - Third Edition 2014

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Celastrus orbiculatus (Oriental bittersweet)

USGS Identification Sheet, Oriental bittersweet

Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Best Control Practices for Oriental bittersweet

Minnesota Department of Agriculture, Pest Control for Oriental bittersweet

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Invasive Species, Oriental bittersweet

Midwest Invasive Species Information Network, Oriental bittersweet