Newly Revised Forestry Herbicide Publication Available

Posted: April 14, 2016

The publication entitled Herbicides and Forest Vegetation Management: Controlling Unwanted Trees, Brush, and Other Competing Forest Vegetation, originally published in 2005, is newly revised. This full-color publication examines the use of forestry labeled herbicides to manage woodland vegetation.

Many factors are increasing the need for vegetation management using herbicides, including: vegetation interfering with forest regeneration success, poorly planned and executed timber harvesting practices leaving cull trees and undesirable species, declining markets for small diameter wood decreasing the ability to thin overstocked stands, shifting species composition due to high deer impact, and increasing abundance of invasive exotic plants. Additional topics covered include how to choose the right forestry herbicide, forestry herbicide application methods, forestry herbicide toxicity, and using herbicides to meet silvicultural objectives. In an attempt to set aside misconceptions concerning herbicide use in forests, the publication also provides a set of forest herbicide application talking points.

In addition to the publication, there is also a companion website entitled Forest Vegetation Management. This site provides information on an integrated approach to vegetation management. The site includes detailed write-ups on cultural, mechanical, biological, and chemical vegetation control. As a forest landowner or manager, there is an increased need to understand the impacts created by competing and invasive vegetation in our woodlots.

The new version is available online. To order printed copies contact the College of Agricultural Sciences Publications Distribution Center at: 877-345-0691 or Email.