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General Techniques and Various "Common" Weeds

This sub-section is a collection of general weed management techniques and information on "common invasive weeds".

Pete Sarafian, SWAP's past Conservation Chairman, wrote a series of articles on local invasive species and how they can be managed for "Oakleaves". He put them into a single document he hopes will be of use to the local home owners and others. Pete expects to update this document soon with techniques that have proved successful.

California Invasive Plant Council's "Weed Worker's Handbook - A Guide to Techniques for Removing Bay Area Invasive Plants". You can find much more info at Cal-IPC's web site:

We espically recommend Cal-IPC's Invasive Plant Profiles.

The Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve put together several syntheses for their invasives many of which are the same species found in the Elfin Forest. The following is their weed control document:

"Weed Control by Species:Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, October 2000"

The next several items are from the "Global Invasive Species Team" at UC Davis. Or at least it was. GIST was funded by The Nature Conservancy, but budget realities cause them to "defund" the effort. This is too bad because they had been able to compile an impressive amount of information of managing invasive species. The information they generated is still on-line more or less at temporary web sites. Below are of their efforts:

One of GIST's first efforts was the "Weed Control Methods Handbook:...". It is a synthesis of some of the nitty gritty techniques of weed control. Click left for a PDF copy updated to 2003.

The Nature Conservancy / TNCweeds also provided a series of weed management abstracts. Those for species in the Elfin Forest follow: Additonal information on weed control effort in Australia, with whom we share a number of invasive species can be found by clicking here.