Invasive Plant Management Plan for the Duke Forest, Durham, NC
Ailanthus altissima, Lonicera japonica, and Microstegium vimineum are the dominant invasive species present. Of the 15 invasive plants recorded, most species were found along roads and streams. The management activity that was most correlated with presence of invasive plants was harvesting, though no specific harvesting technique (i.e. seed-tree, salvage, selective or clear cut) predicts invasive plant presence than any other.
The predicted distribution maps will be used to complete a targeted inventory of invasive plants throughout the Duke Forest. The inventory process should begin in Natural Heritage areas predicted to have high priority species and multiple invasive species. When feasible, control treatments should be applied at the same time as inventorying particularly on small, peripheral populations. In addition, the Duke Forest Manager can prevent future invasions through monitoring and early removal of plants in areas where soil disturbing management activities have taken place.
Advisor:Urban, Dean; Edeburn, Judson
School Location:USA - North Carolina
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Keywords:invasive plants weeds maxent
Date of Publication:04/24/2009