Invasive Species Research in Compensatory Mitigation

Introduction

One of the most important and pervasive contemporary issues in the field of ecological restoration is that of biological invasion, particularly by non-native species. Current performance standards for invasive species in compensatory mitigation often necessitate the use of targeted (or even broadcast) herbicides, a practice that introduces synthetic chemicals into natural systems and can result in collateral damage to desirable species. The purpose of this RFP is to stimulate scientific investigation that will fill these important research gaps, with a focus on compensatory mitigation sites in Virginia. This work is being conducted by the College of William & Mary.

The overall goal is to provide standards and practices that can be utilized in Mitigation Banking Instruments for invasive species control in terms of:

  1. Specific treatments
  2. Seeding methods
  3. Planting protocols
  4. Monitoring and maintenance

The standards should be practicable and be implementable by bank sponsors and individual mitigation site permittees.

Request for Proposals

Amount awarded: $258,065

Final Research Report

Research Reports

Theses and Dissertations

  • Invasive Species Research in Compensatory Wetland Mitigation: Investigating Plant Community Composition and Environmental Correlates with Three Invasive Plants. Dakota M. Hunter, M.S. thesis, College of William & Mary, 2019.