Date of Award:

5-2005

Document Type:

Thesis

Degree Name:

Master of Science (MS)

Department:

Wildland Resources

Advisor/Chair:

Mark W. Brunson

Abstract

This thesis examines results of a survey conducted in the Southwestern United States focusing on attitudes towards invasive plants, public preferences for information sources and willingness to volunteer in invasive plant management. This research demonstrates that the public is interested in the problem and control of invasive plants. In a broad context there is agreement among respondents that invasive plants pose a threat to the environment and control efforts, including the use of herbicides, should be allowed to occur. Given the differences between general and specific attitudes towards invasive plants, it is suggested education and awareness programs be designed to fit specific rather than general attitudes. The interested public reflected in this research desires more information about invasive plant species and their control, and prefers to receive it through brochures and pamphlets. The study revealed a small subsection of the overall population that was capable and willing to assist in volunteer efforts existing in the Western United States. Recreation, farm and grassroots environmental organizations are recommended as being potential sources of volunteers and participants in invasive plant control.

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