Resource managers have at their disposal a veritable TOOL CHEST of possibilities useful in reaching remediation goals. It is important to learn about each tool, its uses, and its limitations. None of the tools, such as herbicides, is inherently good or bad. Tools have different uses and impacts on the environment. Their costs can be high or low and they may or may not be perceived as desirable by the general public. It is up to the manager or resource management team to determine how appropriate and suitable a tool is for a particular task and goal.
It is also important to understand the many factors which may limit the use or effectiveness of a particular tool. Limitations usually fall into the categories of ecological, economical, or social factors. A tool which is regarded as ecologically benign may not be economically feasible to use. A tool which is economically feasible may not be socially or legally acceptable. Every tool will have its limitations, strengths, and weaknesses.