Monitoring for and treating invasive species is one of the most important tEAB and ALB monitoringhings you can do to take care of Vermont’s working forests and natural areas. Be on the lookout for invasive plants and insects, and if you're a land manager or landowner, do everything you can to prevent the spread of invasives and treat existing populations.

To learn more about management options, check out the gallery of land invasives. Each species has its own "Management" tab.


Invasive tree pests, such as the emerald ash borer (EAB), pose serious challenges to Vermont’s communities. By planning ahead and preparing, your community can minimize the impact of invasive tree pests and reduce the risk of spreading them. Forest pest preparedness and response is ultimately the responsibility of municipal governments, businesses, and private landowners. Federal and state staff are available for technical assistance and early detection.

Management for towns and communities

Information about creating a forest pest preparedness plan can be found on the Vermont Urban and Community Forestry website.

Management for private landowners

Ash Management Guide 

Hemlock Woolly Adelgid in Vermont

Check out the resource hub for additional land management documents relating to invasive forest pests.



Monitoring for and treating invasive terrestrial plants is one of the most important things you can do to take care of Vermont’s working forests and natural areas. Be on the lookout for invasive plants, and if you're a land manager, landowner, or caring for a community space, do everything you can to prevent the spread of invasives and treat existing populations.

To learn more about identifying and preventing the spread of invasive plants, visit the Gallery of Invaders and the Resource Hub.

Not sure where to start? Check out this short, three-part series on Making an Invasive Plant Management Plan

Getting Started

Developing a Management Plan

                     Developing a management plan

                     Management Plan Template Long Form

                     Management Plan Template Short Form

                     Comparison of Project Strategies

Assessing Infestations

                     Assessing infestations

                     Landowner Guide to Invasive Plant Assessment

UVA Invasive Plant Assessment Methods

                     Field Guide for 12 Invasive Plants Common in Vermont

Funding Opportunities

                     USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service's Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)

                     EQIP in Vermont

                     More funding opportunities

Treatment and Restoration

Hiring a Contractor

                     USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service's Vermont Contractors list (last update: April 2020)

Early Detection Rapid Response

                     Early detection rapid response

Forestry Best Management Practices

                     Forestry Best Management Practices

                                       Tool 1: A Landowner’s Guide to Invasive Plant Field Assessment

                                       Tool 2: UVA Invasive Plant Assessment Methods

                                       Tool 3: A Landowner’s Guide to Seeking Funding from the Natural Resource Conservation Service

                                       Tool 4: Invasive Plant Treatment Methods

                                       Tool 5: Invasive Plant Contractor’s Guide to Invasive Plant Field Assessment and Cost Proposal Development

                                       Tool 6: Weed Management Plan Template

                                       Tool 7: Guidelines for Site Restoration

                                       Tool 8: Property Summary Assessment

Shoreland Best Management Practices 

                      Lake Wise - Vermont Lakeshore Management website

                      Managing Invasive Plants on Shoreland - Info Sheet from Lake Wise

Herbicide Use

                      Herbicide Use

Disposal of Invasive Plant Material

                      A Solid Waste Guide for Invasive Plant Matter

Native Plant Sources

                     Vermont Fish & Wildlife Native Plant Sources