Invasive Species in Forests and Rangelands of the United States: A Comprehensive Science Synthesis for the United States Forest Sector

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Therese M. Poland, Toral Patel-Weynand, Deborah M. Finch, Chelcy Ford Miniat, Deborah C. Hayes, Vanessa M. Lopez
Springer International Publishing, Feb 2, 2021 - Science - 455 pages
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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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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.

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