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OT: From the Scout Report

Weeds Gone Wild: Alien Plant Invaders of Natural Areas
     Weeds Gone Wild is a project of Plant Conservation Alliance (reviewed
in the January 19, 2000 Scout Report for Science & Engineering--
http://scout.cs.wisc.edu/report/sci-eng/2000/se-000119.html#16}), a
consortium of federal and non-federal agencies dedicated to protecting
native plants. Targeting viewers ranging from the general public to
researchers, this site provides information on "the serious threat and
impacts of invasive alien (exotic, non-native) plants to the native flora,
fauna, and natural ecosystems of the United States." To that end, the site
includes a compiled national list of many invasive plants (Aquatics, Herbs,
Vines, Shrubs and Trees); comprehensive background information on invasive
species; illustrated fact sheets with plant descriptions, native range,
distribution, and habitat in the US; management options and suggested
alternative native plants; and other information. A collection of links of
experts and organizations rounds out this well-conceived site.

Climate Change Shifts Frost Seasons and Plant Growth
     This month's issue of Ecology Letters adds new evidence to the effect
of climate change on ecosystems. In a paper by Professor of Biology Dr.
David Inouye of the University of Maryland, global climate change appears to
influence early and late frost events, which in turn, "inhibit growth and
possibly damage many plants." This news brief from ScienceDaily.com
describes the recent finding and comments on its wider significance.

New Publications

          National Invasive Species Management Plan
          .pdf format
          In February 1999, an Executive Order by President Clinton
established the National Invasive Species Council (NISC) to take a
leadership role in dealing with invasive species issues. As part of that
order, NISC has prepared a plan "to minimize the economic and ecological
impacts and the harm to animal and human health associated with invasive
species." This document, "National Management Plan: Meeting the Invasive
Species Challenge," is posted on the NISC Webpage, with public commentary
invited through November 18, 2000.

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