Noxious Weed Management Plan | ACS Habitat Management
Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center, Bridgeport, CA
From 2018-2019, Geōde’s team served as environmental coordinator and case manager to oversee and draft the Noxious Weed Management Plan on behalf of ACS for the Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center. We managed biological teams performing botany surveys on 342 acres and used GIS to map vegetation types for the final report.
The Noxious Weed Management and Abatement Plan (Plan or NWMAP) will serve as a guide for the management and abatement of noxious weeds on the Training Center. The Plan includes:
- a site description;
- habitat management strategies;
- a comprehensive list of relevant invasive plant species;
- priorities for treatment; and
- a description of potential projects to implement.
In addition, this Plan provides recommendations on vegetation management to avoid the introduction of weeds from the Training Center to US Forest Service (USFS) lands, checklists to be used in an established maintenance program, and an updated vegetative community map.
The primary goals of the NWMAP are to maintain and promote native plant species, prevent the introduction and spread of noxious weeds, and provide guidelines for successful noxious weed abatement for areas in which noxious weeds have already established themselves.
The short-term goal of this Plan is to address removal and containment of existing weed infestations. The Plan provides specific short-term recommendations to contain current noxious weed infestations, prevent their spread, and substantially reduce existing noxious weed populations from the Training Center
The Plan furthermore provides long-term management recommendations on how to prevent future introduction and spread of noxious weeds and promote native plant populations. Maintaining native plant species will in turn contribute to soil stability, reduce and prevent of soil erosion, improve water quality, and enhance plant diversity. Native plants also foster nutrient exchange, provide native and special-status species habitat, and generally support a healthy, natural habitat.
Interested in receiving the full report? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about strategies to prevent, contain, and remove noxious weeds.
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