Rapid Assessment of Invasive Riparian Trees for Planning and Implementing USACE Ecosystem Restoration Projects
U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center- Environmental Laboratory VICKSBURG United States
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This Technical Note TN was developed by the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center- Environmental Laboratory ERDC-EL, to provide an introduction to rapid assessment methods that can be used to provide a quantitative index to the abundance and distribution of invasive riparian trees found on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers USACE project lands. The USACE Ecosystem Management and Restoration Research Program EMRRP is supporting a nationwide effort to address the impacts of invasive tree species that affect decision making and the ultimate success of ecosystem restoration efforts. This research project has four objectives 1 identify the suite of invasive woody riparian trees that are most problematic to USACE ecosystem restoration efforts, 2 develop guidelines that suggest thresholds for when and where on the landscape funds should be spent to control invasive trees, 3 determine the most efficient and ecologically-effective spatial configuration for woody invasive riparian plant removal on Corps-managed lands, and 4 investigate how faunal communities respond to various spatial control methods for invasive tree removal in densely vegetated riparian habitats.