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Early Detection--Alaska
A microcomputer specialist and naturalist noticed an unfamiliar plant as he commuted to work. This plant turned out to be a newly arrived, highly invasive plant that had never before been found in Alaska!
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Early intervention at Cosumnes River Preserve--California
Woody invaders threaten the structure of this important riparian landscape in California. Read how early intervention stopped the invasion while it was in its early stages.
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Restoring dune communities--California
By removing invading European beachgrass from coastal dune habitats, the native biodiversity resurged.
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Successful tamarisk removal--California
Tamarisk (saltcedar) is a water-thirsty invader which can transform the character of desert streamside habitats. Read how Coachella valley's 180 wildlife species were protected from this invader.
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Early identification and immediate mobilization--California
A single population of a pestiferous European weed was identified in California's South Coast Range. Read how immediate mobilization from a county agriculture office is taking steps to eradicate this invader.
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Rapid Response--California
Shipments of "lucky bamboo" were found to contain a non-native mosquito. Read how immediate action from state and federal agencies prevented the initial establishment.
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Early identification and action protects river from egeria--Connecticut
Egeria is a pestiferous aquatic plant that can form dense thick mats in freshwater systems. Read how the identification, immediate action to raise funds, and cooperation between partners resulted in the rapid treatment and successful control of this species.
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A Coalition in the Keys--Florida
Invasive species threaten the astonishing biological diversity of the Florida Keys. Read how local organizations and individuals joined forces to control the botanical invaders!
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Citizens join against common reed--Massachusetts
A consortium of citizens joined forces to eradicate this invader which was threatening a biologicaly diverse wetland.
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Multipartner efforts halt the incoming invasion--Montana
Montana's pristine Centennial Valley was being invaded by a host of invasive exotic plants. Read how two TNC interns spearheaded this multipartner battle to preserve native biodiversity.
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Striking early at knapweed--Oregon
Knapweed is a well known, pernicious weed. By exterminating a new colony while it was still young, Oregon managers avoided having an intractable invasion.
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Knotweed Eradication at a Watershed Scale in the Pacific Northwest--Oregon
This success story is about more than eradicating a pestiferous pair of plants from an entire watershed...it is also about building capacity, extending partnerships, and developing a team of dedicated hardcore weed warriors who work in all aspects of stewardship including education, outreach, developing partnerships, and weed management.
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Other success story web sites
Stories of success are so important, we include (below) those from other web sites that have caught our eye.

Stopping "Killer Algae"---California
Recreational scuba divers noticed a strange plant growing on underwater rocks at coastal California sites. Read about the rapid mobilization of undersea weed warriors in this story about Caulerpa taxifolia.
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Where we work
Thumbnail reports of invasive species projects being done by The Nature Conservancy.
Assessments and regional plans
Assessments of invasive species issues for various operating units in The Nature Conservancy.
About us
Information about the core staff of The Nature Conservancy's Global Invasive Species Team.
1998-99 survey
Learn about our 1999 survey--a snapshot of invasive species issues across all of The Nature Conservancy.
Contact us
Address information if you are trying to contact staff.

Other site resources

Weed Information Management System (WIMS)
A fully-integrated hardware and software application for mapping invasives and tracking management actions.
Remote sensing
A review of remote sensing technology, as applied to invasive species detection and mapping.
Templates and examples
Adaptive management planning tools such as model plans for sites, weed control templates, etc. Very useful!
Invasive species learning networks
Learn about Invasive Species Networks that help promote best practices for invasive species abatement among staff in The Nature Conservancy, partner agencies, and other organizations.
Join our listserve to voice your frustrations and trumpet your successes.

Updated February 2009
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