Invasive Species Project
The Wildlife Habitat Council, with funding from the Department of Defense Legacy Resource Management Program and under cooperative agreement with the US Army Corps of Engineers, is managing invasive species on military installations in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. This multi-faceted effort focuses on creating conservation partnerships to control invasive plant species at Fort Belvoir Army Garrison, Naval Support Facility Indian Head and Naval Support Facility Carderock. Working with the installations’ natural resources personnel and community partners, WHC created an invasive species management plan for each site. The WHC project manager carries out day-to-day control activities (digging invasive plants, monitoring for re-growth, etc.) and organizes volunteers and employees who help implement the management plans. The ultimate goal is to create self-sufficient partnership programs that will function even after WHC’s Legacy project ends.
As part of the Legacy project, WHC produced a guidebook designed to address the needs of those controlling invasive species on military installations. The guidebook is available to DoD personnel and civilians, free of charge, and can be obtained by contacting WHC.
The third component of the Legacy project is education for DoD personnel and community members. WHC organized an invasive plant workshop at the Fort Belvoir project site. Expert speakers provided information about invasive species identification, considerations for management strategies and creation of successful volunteer programs.
Legacy Resource Management Program
In 1990, Congress passed legislation establishing the Legacy Resource Management Program to provide financial assistance to Department of Defense (DoD) efforts that focus on preserving our natural and cultural heritage. The program assists DoD in protecting and enhancing resources while supporting military readiness.
A Legacy project may involve regional ecosystem management initiatives, habitat preservation efforts, archaeological investigations, invasive species control, Native American consultations, and/or monitoring and predicting migratory patterns of birds and animals.
Three principles guide the Legacy program: stewardship, leadership and partnership. Stewardship initiatives assist DoD in safeguarding its irreplaceable resources for future generations. By embracing a leadership role as part of the program, the Department serves as a model for respectful use of natural and cultural resources. Through partnerships, the program strives to access the knowledge and talents of individuals outside of DoD.
Invasive Species Resources:
National Invasive Species Information Center – USDA
Invasive Species Information and Images – Bugwood Network, USDA Forest Service, USDA APHIS
Global Invasive Species Team – The Nature Conservancy
Global Invasive Species Database – ISSG
USDA Forest Service Invasive Species Program
Exotic Forest Pest Information System – North American Forest Commission
Weeds Gone Wild – Plant Conservation Alliance
National Association of Exotic Pest Plant Councils
Center for Invasive Plant Management – Montana State University
Marine Invasions Research Lab – Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
Armed Forces Pest Management Board
Plant Management Information System – U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Aquatic Plant Information System – U.S. Army Corps of Engineers