Prevention BMPs for Land Managers

Invasive plants can degrade the ecological integrity of wildlands, and land managers employ a range of tactics to reduce this damage. While controlling established infestation is important, prevention is the most cost-effective approach to reduce this damage.

This manual presents a set of voluntary guidelines and ready-to-use checklists to help those managing wildlands in California to prevent the accidental spread of terrestrial invasive plants.

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    Introduction (NEW!)
    Prioritizing BMP Implementation (Updated)
    Pre-Activity Assessment Outline
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Cleaning tools, equipment, and vehicles can reduce the spread of invasive plants.

Photo courtesy Martin Hutten, Yosemite National Park
    Ch. 1. Planning BMPs
    Ch. 2. Project Materials BMPs
    Ch. 3. Travel BMPs
    Ch. 4. Tool, Equipment and Vehicle Cleaning BMPs
    Ch. 5. Clothing, Boots and Gear Cleaning BMPs
    Ch. 6. Waste Disposal BMPs
    Ch. 7. Soil Disturbance BMPs
    Ch. 8. Vegetation Management BMPs
    Ch. 9. Revegetation and Landscaping BMPs
    Ch. 10. Fire and Fuel Management BMPs (NEW!)

  • 10.1 Fire Management Planning BMPs (NEW!)
  • 10.2 Fuel Management BMPs (NEW!)
  • 10.3 Fire Suppression BMPs (NEW!)
  • 10.4 Post-Fire Activity BMPs (NEW!)
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Cover bare ground with non-invasive plants or weed-free materials as soon as possible.

Photo courtesy S. Kocher,
UC Cooperative Extension


General Resources

Prevention Resources

Fire and Fuel Management Resources (New!)




This manual would not have been possible without the expert knowledge generously provided by technical team members across the state.

This report was funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, with funding provided by the USDA Forest Service, State and Private Forestry, through the California Department of Agriculture as well as direct funding from the USDA Forest Service, State and Private Forestry.

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Please cite this report as: Cal-IPC. 2012. Preventing the Spread of Invasive Plants: Best Management Practices For Land Managers (3rd ed.). Cal-IPC Publication 2012-03. California Invasive Plant Council, Berkeley, CA. Available:

For more information, contact Cal-IPC.