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Roadside use of native plants
Harper-Lore, Bonnie.
Facsim. Island Press edition.
Publication Information:
Washington, D.C. : Island Press, 2000.
Physical Description:
665 pages, 52 unnumbered pages of plates : maps (some color) ; 22 cm
General Note:
Originally published: Washington, D.C : Federal Highway Administration, 1999.
Roadside restoration and management essays -- Defining a native plant / Preserving roadside habitats / Explaining plant communities / Designing roadsides with native plants / Incorporating grasses into clear zones / Specifying a native planting plan / Working with succession / Integrating all the management tools / Implementing prescribed burns / Controlling the spread of weeds / Gaining public support / Restoring grassland ecosystems / Utilizing the ecotype concept / Choosing non-invasive plant materials / Pulling together / Reassessing beautification / Introducing a roadside land ethic / Plant and resource lists.
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Originally published by the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Office of Natural Environment to promote the planting and care of native plants along highway rights-of-way, this unique handbook provides managers of roadsides and adjacent lands with the information and background they need to make site-specific decisions about what kinds of native plants to use, and addresses basic techniques and misconceptions about using native plants. It brings together in a single volume a vast array of detailed information that has, until now, been scattered and difficult to find. The book opens with eighteen short essays on principles of ecological restoration and management from leading experts in the field including Reed F. Noss, J. Baird Callicott, Peggy Olwell, and Evelyn Howell. Following that is the heart of the book, more than 500 pages of comprehensive state-by-state listings that offer: - a colour map for each state with natural vegetations zones clearly marked - comprehensive lists of native plants, broken down by type of plant (grasses, forbs, trees, etc.) and including both scientific and common names, with each list having been verified for c

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This book has an admirable objective: to encourage the planting of native species on roadsides. It begins with 19 brief essays by various authors outlining the thinking behind landscaping with native plants; these range from philosophical to practical. The bulk of the book includes state-by-state lists of native species, as well as generalized vegetation maps (based on the maps produced by vegetation expert A.W. Kuchler), recommended floras, and contact information for local experts. The appendix includes lists of dominant plant species in each mapped vegetation type, lists of common invasive plant species, sources of further information, and reprints of national policy documents. Professional plant ecologists probably already know their state flora well enough to make the bulk of this book redundant, and most of them know about the desirability of using native species in landscaping. Where this book will do the most good is in the offices of highway departments and county planners. People responsible for roadside maintenance should be encouraged to consult it, often. All levels. M. R. Fulton Bemidji State University

Table of Contents

Part I Roadside Restoration and Management Essays
Defining a Native Plant
Preserving Roadside Habitats
Explaining Plant Communities
Designing Roadsides with Native Plants
Incorporating Grasses into Clear Zones
Preventing Wildflowers from Becoming Weedy
Specifying a Native Planting Plan
Working With Succession
Integrating All the Management Tools
Implementing Prescribed Burns
Controlling the Spread of Weeds
Gaining Public Support
Restoring Grassland Ecosystems
Utilizing the Ecotype Concept
Choosing Non-Invasive Plant Materials
Pulling Together
Reassessing Beautification
Introducing a Roadside Land Ethic
Part II Plant and Resource Lists
Individual States (Note: Color maps showing potential natural vegetation zones for each state are gathered in a section following page 316)
Part III Appendices
A Policy
1998 Revised Guidance for Wildflowers
Native Wildflower Q&A
Wisconsin Exception
1999 Guidance Material for Treeways
Treeways Q&A
1995 Executive Memorandum on Landscaping Guidance
Landscaping Q&A
Guidance Implementing Executive Order on Invasive Species
1999 Executive Order 13112 on Invasive Species
Memorandum for the Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies of April 26, 1994
Policy Statement on Invasive Alien Species by Secretary Slater
Dept of Transportation Policy on Invasive Species
Federal Highway Administration Guidance on Invasive Species
Invasive Q&A
B For More Information
Suggested Reading
National Organization Resources
Related Web Sites
History of Roadside Use of Native Plants
C Vegetation Types
129 Types or Plant Communities
Indicator Species Composition of Types
All Plant Species Listed
An Invasive Plant List