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EBIPM University Curriculum Overview


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EBIPM is a Unique Way to Manage Weeds...

Ecologically-based invasive plant management (EBIPM) is a step-by-step decision-making framework based on principles of successional weed management which addresses the three causes of succession: site availability, species availability, and species performance. It is a unique weed management strategy because it allows managers to visualize and understand the linkages among site assessment, ecological processes, vegetation dynamics, guiding principles and management practices, and design and implement more effective weed management programs for any landscape. The EBIPM framework is divided into five steps, which provides managers a clear cut path to follow as they develop a weed management plan. Implementing EBIPM to manage invasive weeds can help managers to address true causes of weed invasion- not just symptoms, set long term goals, develop treatments with proven science behind them, and adapt the management plan as they go.

Module 1:


"Introduction and Overview to Ecologically-based Invasive Plant Management”

  • -Overview of EBIPM to introduce the decision-making framework to students and discusses the importance of using successional weed management.
  • -Major topics include: successional weed management, assessment, ecological processes, ecological principles, tools and strategies, and adaptive management.


Module 2:


"Assessing Ecological Conditions and Ecological Processes in Need of Repair"

  • -How Rangeland Health Assessment is used in the EBIPM framework, how to conduct an assessment, and which tools should be used to repair damaged ecological processes.
  • -Major topics include: assessment, rangeland health attributes, rangeland health indicators, state-and-transition models, resistance, and resilience.


 Module 3:


"Understanding the Causes of Succession - Site Availability, Species Availability, and Species Performance”

  • -Describes the three causes of plant community change and provides many examples to help students understand the causes of succession associated with ecological processes.
  • -Major topics include: successional weed management, causes of succession, disturbance, reproduction, dispersal, life strategy, resource acquisition, response to environment, stress, interference, and mutualism.


 Module 4:


“Ecological Principles for Invasive Plant Management”  

  • -Ecological principles play an important role in the EBIPM framework and a management plan based on ecological principles helps land managers to make better, more informed decisions by providing a scientific basis for which tools and strategies to use. Provides examples to help students understand how ecological principles help to link ecological processes and tools and strategies.
  • -Major topics include: ecological principles, ecological processes, and weed management tools and strategies.


 Module 5:


“Using Tools and Strategies: Managing Site Availability, Species Availability, and Species Performance” 

  • -Describes the tools and strategies that are available to managers and when to use them in conjunction with the EBIPM framework. Covers three management strategies based on the extent of invasion: prevention, controlling a moderate infestation, and restoring a heavy infestation.
  • -Major topics include: weed prevention areas, prescribed grazing, prescribed fire, chemical, biocontrol, and mechanical control methods.


 Module 6:


“Adaptive Management” 

  • -Adaptive management combines setting goals and objectives, monitoring, stakeholders involvement, and adaptation to make weed management plans more successful.
  • -Major topics include: land-use goals and objectives, data collection, and best management practices.


 Module 7:


“Weather and Climate Forecasting and Restoration Plans”  

  • -Combines weather and climate modeling with seedbed microenvironment conditions to determine the success of seedling establishment.
  • -Major topics include: weather and climate modeling, seedbed characteristics, seeding, and restoration.


Module 8:


"Human Dimensions of Weed Management" 

  • -Success in weed management is not only determined by understanding ecology but also by taking into account economics, policy, and human interactions (collaborative learning).
  • -Major topics include: cost benefit analysis of tools and strategies, stakeholders, collaborative learning, NEPA, Endangered Species Act, Wilderness Act, Invasive Species Executive Order, Clean Water Act.


How to Use this Curriculum:


This curriculum was created for classes taught at the university level. It can be used in a variety of natural resources courses, including courses on: invasion ecology, restoration ecology, range management, and weed science. There are eight modules in total; each contains a narrative text, PowerPoint presentation, case studies, discussion questions, activities, and additional resources. The case studies, discussion questions, and additional resources are contained in the narrative text. Students may answer the discussion questions individually but they are best discussed in a group setting. Activities are also included in a folder separate from the narrative text. The activities are organized by module under the “Modules” tab, and also organized by topic under the “Activities” tab. EBIPM management guides and videos are included under the “Resources” tab. This curriculum is very flexible in that it can be used in its entirety, or specific modules may be taken and modified to fit into a course.