New WeedCUT online tool to manage invasive weeds in wildlands without herbicides

New WeedCUT online tool to manage invasive weeds in wildlands without herbicides

Santa Monica Mountains BAR team holding tools to manage invasive weeds using non-chemical approaches.

California has abundant wildlands — forests, rangeland, open areas, wildlife refuges and national, state, and local parks — that need protection from invasive plants. Invasive plants affect all Californians by increasing wildfire potential; reducing water resources; accelerating erosion and flooding; threatening wildlife; degrading range, crop and timberland; and diminishing outdoor recreation opportunities. According to the California Invasive Plant Council (Cal-IPC), more than 200 identified plant species harm California's wildlands.

Cal-IPC and the University of California Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program (UC IPM), with funding from the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) Alliance Grants Program, developed two resources that provide land managers access to the latest information on non-herbicide practices for managing weeds in wildlands. Best Management Practices for Non-Chemical Weed Control is a free downloadable manual. The same information has been incorporated into an interactive online tool called WeedCUT (Weed Control User Tool: weedcut.ipm.ucanr.edu).

Read more about these new resources for non-chemical weed control from the Green Blog.

 


By Tunyalee A. Martin
Author - Associate Director for Communications
By Cheryl A. Wilen
Author - Area Integrated Pest Management Advisor - Emeritus
By Thomas Getts
Author - Weed Ecology and Cropping Systems Advisor
By Elaine Lander
Posted by - Urban & Community IPM Educator