Roadside Use of Native Plants

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Bonnie Harper-Lore, Maggie Wilson
Island Press, Sep 1, 2000 - Architecture - 665 pages
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Originally published by the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Office of Natural Environment to promote the planting and care of native plants along highway rights-of-way, this unique handbook provides managers of roadsides and adjacent lands with the information and background they need to make site-specific decisions about what kinds of native plants to use, and addresses basic techniques and misconceptions about using native plants. It brings together in a single volume a vast array of detailed information that has, until now, been scattered and difficult to find.The book opens with eighteen short essays on principles of ecological restoration and management from leading experts in the field including Reed F. Noss, J. Baird Callicott, Peggy Olwell, and Evelyn Howell. Following that is the heart of the book, more than 500 pages of comprehensive state-by-state listings that offer: a color map for each state with natural vegetations zones clearly marked comprehensive lists of native plants, broken down by type of plant (grasses, forbs, trees, etc.) and including both scientific and common names, with each list having been verified for completeness and accuracy by the state's natural heritage program contact names, addresses, and phone numbers for obtaining current information on invasive and noxious species to be avoided resources for more information, including contact names and addresses for local experts in each state The appendix adds definitions, bibliography, and policy citations to clarify any debates about the purpose and the direction of the use of native plants on roadsides.Roadside Use of Native Plants is a one-of-a-kind reference whose utility extends far beyond the roadside, offering a toolbox for a new aesthetic that can be applied to all kinds of public and private land. It can help lead the way to a cost-effective ecological approach to managing human-designed landscapes, and is an essential book for anyone interested in establishing or restoring native vegetation.
 

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Contents

Foreword John T Kartesz
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Preface Using Native Plants on Roadsides
6
Acknowledgments
8
Roadside Restoration and Management Essays 10 Introduction
10
B For More Information
11
Defining a Native Plant Larry E Morse Jil M Swearingen and John M Randall
12
Preserving Roadside Habitats Margaret Olwell
15
Explaining Plant Communities Evelyn A Howell
17
Individual States
49
Color maps showing potential natural vegetation zones for each state are gathered in a section following page 316
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Appendices
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A Policy 529 1998 Revised Guidance for Wildflowers
569
Native Wildflower
575
Wisconsin Exception
578
Guidance Material for Treeways
579
Freeways
582

Designing Roadsides with Native Plants Darrel G Morrison
19
Incorporating Grasses into Clear Zones Bonnie L HarperLore
21
Preventing Wildflowers from Becoming Weedy Bonnie L HarperLore
23
Specifying a Native Planting Plan Bonnie L HarperLore
25
Working with Succession William A Niering
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Integrating All the Management Tools Kirk Henderson
30
Implementing Prescribed Burns Wayne R Pauly
32
Controlling the Spread of Weeds Ira Bickford
33
Gaining Public Support Bill Johnson
35
Restoring Grassland Ecosystems Reed F Noss
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Utilizing the Ecotype Concept Wayne G McCully
38
Choosing NonInvasive Plant Materials John M Randall and Sarah Reichard
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Pu 11 i ng Together Randy Westbrooks
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Reassessing Beautification Bonnie L HarperLore
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Introducing a Roadside Land Ethic J Baird Callicot and Gary K Lore
45
Executive Memorandum on Landscaping Guidance
583
Landscaping
587
Guidance Implementing Executive Order on Invasive Species
590
Executive Order 13112 on Invasive Species
591
Memorandum for the Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies of April 26 1994
596
Policy Statement on Invasive Alien Species by Secretary Slater
598
Department of Transportation Policy on Invasive Species
600
Federal Highway Administration Guidance on Invasive Species
601
Invasive
605
Contributors
607
Related Web Sites
622
Indicator Species Composition of Types
649
An Invasive Plant List
664
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