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Invasive Plant Education Videos

These videos are listed for your reference only. They are not produced or distributed by Cal-IPC, and Cal-IPC is not responsible for their content. Please refer to the descriptions below for information on obtaining copies.

Ludwigia, an aquatic invasive, creates a dense mat on the water's surface.

Dangerous Travelers

The USDA Forest Service System has developed a training video for road maintenance crews. "Dangerous Travelers: Controlling Invasive Plants Along America's Roadways, " produced in 2006, will help maintenance crews recognize and control noxious weeds along roadsides. Road crews that maintain any type road, from interstate highways to aggregate roads, are the frontline in preventing the spread of invasive plants. This video will be available as a single video or with the "Forest Roads and the Environment" series of five videos that cover maintenance practices for unpaved roads and will be the first in a new series of videos on "Best Management Practices for Invasive Species Prevention." The video is available at

Brooms: Managing An Invasive Alien Species

This video examines five broom species. See why these plants are considered invasive, and how to identify them. Then learn what people are doing to reduce their presence and arrest their spread. Full of practical information for land managers, this program also invites everyone to help protect and restore the unique natural heritage of the American West. Order the video or get more information at

Silent Invasion

Produced by the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), this video takes a look at the economic and environmental consequences of invasive species in Oregon. The first chapter deals with Yellow Star Thistle. Subsequent chapters deal with where invasives come from, what biontrols are, how ports contribute to invasives' introduction, quagga mussels, how spartina is controlled, exotic pests, and how global trade has influenced the exchange of invasive species.

Yellow Starthistle: Managing An Invasive Alien Species

This video begins with the history and ecology of this infamous invader. Then prevention is emphasized before outlining the main control principles and methods that land managers may wish to consider. Together, this why-for and how-to combination target one weed, but moreover this program seeks to engender a deeper land ethic in defense of California's unique biological heritage. Order the video or get more information.

Videos for Purchase

Strange Days on Planet Earth

National Geographic produced this four-part series, broadcast on PBS in 2005. The first episode, "Invaders", focuses on invasive species. Subsequent episodes examine global climate change ("The One Degree Factor"), the loss of top predators ("Predators"), and water quality ("Troubled Waters"). The PBS website contains supplemental material for educators.

Fear and Fishing in Lake Davis

Fear and Fishing in Lake Davis is a tale about people, and government, and the fish that came between them. It examines the conflict that arose when the California Department of Fish and Game resorted to poisoning Lake Davis, a Sierra Nevada reservoir in rural California, to remove the invasive northern pike and prevent its spread to the Bay-Delta system. Fear and Fishing in Lake Davis captures the story of this ongoing environmental conflict on film. Through interviews with local residents, elected officials, and state agency personnel directly involved in the dispute, the film vividly portrays the clash between community and state government over controlling the invasive northern pike. This film was produced as a graduate student project. DVDs are available from the University of California-Davis, Biological Invasions graduate program.