In the war against "The Vine that Ate the South", there is a new battle plan. The US Forest Service has released a new 120-page guide to combating kudzu and other invasive plant species that are destroying southern forests. "The guide provides the latest information on how to create and carry out prevention programs, implement management practices, and rehabilitate and restore land," said Dr. Jim Miller, ecologist based at the USDA Southern Research Station in Auburn, Alabama. Without the insects and diseases that keep the plants in check, invasive plants force out native species, impacting the land and local wildlife. "Unfortunately, invasions of nonnative plants into our forests continue to worsen, and mostly these are unseen to most citizens, because you have to be in the forests, although you see them along the edges," explains Dr. Miller. Among the recommendations for kudzu, the Forest Service suggests mowing the vines to the ground and covering the area in plastic for two year, or using goats to eat the vines
"A Management Guide for Invasive Plants in Southern Forests" is available for free from the USDA website http://www.srs.fs.usda.gov/pubs/36915 or by calling 828-257-4830.
A management guide for invasive plants in southern forests
Author(s): Miller, James H.; Manning, Steven T.; Enloe, Stephen F.
Source: Gen. Tech. Rep. SRS–131. Asheville, NC: U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service, Southern Research Station. 120 p.
Station ID: GTR-SRS-131
Description: Invasions of nonnative plants into forests of the Southern United States continue to spread and include new species, increasingly eroding forest productivity, hindering forest use and management activities, and degrading diversity and wildlife habitat. This book provides the latest information on how to organize and enact prevention programs, build strategies, implement integrated procedures for management, and proceed towards site rehabilitation and restoration. Effective control prescriptions are provided for 56 nonnative plants and groups currently invading the forests of the 13 Southern States. A companion book, “A Field Guide for the Identification of Invasive Plants in Southern Forests,” (Miller and others 2010) includes information and images for accurate identification of these invasive plants.