We hope these articles can be used as a forum for communicating ideas, strategies, and solutions in the wonderful world of integrated vegetation management, or IVM. Though sometimes managed under the same contracts, IVM is a "cousin" to landscape management. Where landscaping is about aesthetics, vegetation is about function. Keep plants that need to be there, control the ones that don't. This blog will be dedicated to tackling this mission and helping those who manage these spaces.
To introduce myself, my name is Brian Glenn. In case you missed it, I gave a little background on the Landscape Blog. For the past few years, my work has been principally in the IVM industry. Traversing the southwest U.S. more times than I can count, I have seen almost every industrial and natural application where management is needed. From bare-ground utility sites, BLM rangelands, to jungles of tumbleweeds, I believe a solution exists for every situation. I also know that cost is king in IVM, where the acres can add up in a hurry.
It always amazes me that even if they're across the road from each other, every site is different. The good part is that every site has a history as well. By analyzing and putting these pieces together from an unbiased, integrated approach, a cost-effective solution is within reach. Let the journey begin!