Alien Plants Ranking System (APRS) Implementation TeamEntry ID: NPWRC_alienplantsrankingsystem
Abstract: The Alien Plants Ranking System (APRS) is a computer-implemented system to help
land managers make difficult decisions concerning invasive nonnative plants.
The management of invasive plants is difficult, expensive, and requires a
long-term commitment. Therefore, land managers must focus their limited
resources, targeting the species that cause major impacts or threats to
resources within their ... management, or the species that impede attainment of
management goals. APRS provides an analytical tool to separate the innocuous
species from the invasive ones (typically around 10% of the nonnative species).
APRS not only helps identify those species that currently impact a site, but
also those that have a high potential do so in the future. Finally, the system
addresses the feasibility of control of each species, enabling the manager to
weigh the costs of control against the level of impact. This system has been
developed and tested primarily in grassland and prairie parks in the central
Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: Alien Plants Ranking System (APRS) Implementation Team
Dataset Title: Alien Plants Ranking System (APRS) Implementation Team
Dataset Release Date: 2000
Dataset Release Place: Jamestown, North Dakota
Dataset Publisher: U.S. Geological Survey, Biological Resources Division, Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Version: version 5.1, Version 30 Sep 2002Online Resource: http://www.npwrc.usgs.gov/resource/literatr/aprs/index.htm
Quality The Invasive Plants Bibliography is a selected bibliography on species of
invasive plants in the upper midwestern United States. These references were
used to gather data on botanical characters of alien species in national parks
of the region. Data were classified and compiled into data files for use in the
... Alien Plants Ranking System program. The bibliography focuses on sources
containing botanical data, not data on control or management of species, and is
not intended to be broad. References consist of books, monographs, and original
journal articles. The bibliography is being maintained and added to
periodically. The version available here will be updated regularly.
Persons familiar with additional references meeting the above criteria are
asked to forward them to Jim Bennett (email@example.com).
Access Constraints None
Use Constraints None
Data Set Progress
Role: TECHNICAL CONTACT
Phone: (928) 523-0877
Fax: (928) 520-8223
Northern Arizona University
Province or State: Arizona
Postal Code: 86011-5765
Hiebert, R.D. And J. Stubbendieck, Handbook for Ranking Exotic Plants for
Management and Control, Natural Resources Report, NPS/NRMWRO/NRR-93/08, U.S.
National Park Service Kartesz, J.T. 1994, A Symptomized Checklist of the
Vascular Flora of the United States, Canada, and Greenland, 2nd edition,
Portland, Oregon, Timber Press.
Hiebert, R. D. 1997. Prioritizing invasive plants and planning for management. Pp. 195-212 in J. O. Luken and J. W. Thieret, Eds. Assessment and Management of Plant Invasions. Springer, New York.
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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2005-08-29
Last DIF Revision Date: 2012-12-12