Monday, May 14, 2018

Performing straw bale inspections webinar

From: Popovich, Steve <>
Date: Mon, May 14, 2018 at 3:07 PM
Subject: Performing straw bale inspections webinar Popovich May 29 + past weed free seed/mulch webinars

fyi forward to your network as you feel appropriate.

On May 29 I'll be presenting a Great Basin Fire Science Exchange webinar over-viewing how to inspect agricultural straw bales used for mulch in rehab or restoration projects.

To register go here and click on Register:

Last year I presented webinars on weed-free seed and weed-free mulch (weed free forage program) - what these are and are not.  They were well received and are posted on You tube.  

Weed-free mulch (weed free forage program), unicorns, and other myths:

Weed-free seed, unicorns, and other myths:

The webinar series is hosted by Génie MontBlanc, Great Basin Fire Science Exchange Coordinator,

Thanks, Steve

Steve J. Popovich
Program Leader, Emergency Stabilization and Burned Area Rehabilitation
US Bureau of Land Management
Washington, DC 20240
(c) 970-682-8516

Friday, May 11, 2018

Register for the Innovations in Invasive Species Management Training and Workshop

December 12-14th, 2018
Gaylord Opryland Hotel
Nashville, TN

We invite you to join us for the second annual Innovations in Invasive Species Management Training to be held in Nashville, TN December 12-14th, 2018 at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel.  This year’s meeting will be co-hosted by the National Military Fish and Wildlife Association’s Invasive Species Working Group the Tennessee Invasive Plant Council the Southeast Exotic Pest Plant Council the National Association of Invasive Plant Councils, National Invasive Species Council and Invasive Plant Control, Inc. .   

Current Agenda

Conference Website


Who Should Attend?
·       Department of Defense Land Managers
·       Department of Transportation
·       Public and private land managers
·       Not for profit land managers
·       Municipal staff (parks and recreation, public works, inland wetlands/conservation commissions)
·       Nursery, tree and landscape professionals
·       Landscape architects and designers
·       State and federal employees
·       Members of conservation organizations
·       Educators, students
·       Gardening enthusiasts
·       Private landowners
·       Concerned citizens

CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS Pesticide Recertification Credits and other Continuing Education Credits will be offered.

Hotel and Conference Location
Gaylord Opryland Hotel The hotel is offering the equivalent to the prevailing state and federal per diem which is currently $170 per night.  Click here to make reservations Gaylord Opryland Hotel.    Experience the finest in Southern hospitality at Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee. Our premier Opryland hotel offers guests an unforgettable getaway with all the excitement and energy of Music City under one spectacular roof. Located only 10 minutes from the airport and featuring an extraordinary selection of dining, shopping, recreational activities and entertainment, there’s never a shortage of things to do at our resort. After unwinding at Relâche Spa & Salon, practice your swing at Gaylord Springs Golf Links, make a splash at our indoor or outdoor pool, hit the gym at our state-of-the-art fitness center, or explore our nine acres of lush, indoor gardens and cascading waterfalls.

Call for Presentations
For the 2018 meeting we are requesting proposals related to:
  • All aspects of Invasive Species Management
  • Pollinators and Habitat Management
  • Herbicides, looking at them from both sides
  • Where does installation of native plant material fit into the restoration scheme
  • Management of invasive species in sensitive areas
  • Managing Behaviors in Invasive Species Management
  • Specific Invasive Species Control applications
  • Use of Innovative Tools and Equipment for on the Ground Invasive Species Management
  • Using Drones to Manage Invasive Species
  • State Specific Talks related to Invasive Species management
  • Developing and implementing a Weed Wrangle
  • Weed control projects or research from diverse habitats
  • Mapping using UAVs
  • Coordinating volunteers and communicating with the public
  • Management of key Invasives: Success Stories and Progress Reports

Types of proposals we are seeking:
·       Outdoor Equipment Demonstrations
·       General Session Oral Presentations 15-30 minutes in length
·       Poster Presentations

We will have two submission deadlines for this training. 
·       Deadline for submission of Oral Presentation Abstracts is June 15th, 2018
·       Deadline for submission of Field Demonstration and Poster Presentation Abstracts is November 5th, 2018
General Sessions
  • Oral Presentations will be 15-30 minutes long with 5 minutes for discussion and questions. Presentations will be included in a relevant general oral session, or in an organized oral session if appropriate.
  • Poster Presentations will be displayed throughout the conference in the main Ballroom.   We ask that you be present during the session to present your poster and answer questions.  Posters should be no larger than 4x4 ft.
  • Outdoor Equipment Demonstrations will occur on Friday December 14th on the Opryland Grounds and at local parks in the hotel vicinity.  If you are interested in offering an equipment demonstration please contact Steven Manning
Note to Students: We encourage student submissions. Students who want to present at the conference should submit their abstract according to the outlines on this page.
Submission Instructions
For Symposia and Organized Oral Sessions, abstracts must be submitted for each presentation.
Abstracts must be submitted electronically to Steven Manning. Your email must include the document in the format described below, with this subject line:
·       Subject: (presenter’s last name) and type of submission (i.e. organized oral session, symposium, workshop, general oral session, or general poster session)
Abstract Content and Style for Papers and Posters
Each submitted abstract must include the following.  Please carefully adhere to these guidelines: Attach your abstract in Microsoft Word, using one-inch margins and Arial, 11 pt. font. Single space the abstract and separate each section with a single line space. 

  1. Title of Presentation
  2. Author
    1. Name
    2. Title
    3. Organization
  3. Contact information
    1. Email
    2. Telephone
    3. Address
  4. Abstract
  5. Brief Description
  6. Speaker Bio

Read below for exhibit options.
All Table, Nonprofit and Booth Exhibitors will receive the following benefits:
  • Logo placement on conference website
  • Name and logo displayed in conference program
  • Exhibit booth or display table space
  • One full conference registration
  • Logo placement on conference website
Booth Exhibitor: $1,250
  • A draped, 10’ x 10’ exhibit area, with one clothed and draped 8’ table
  • A second full complementary registration
Table Exhibitor: $700
  • One clothed and draped 8’ table plus 2 chairs
Nonprofit Exhibitor: $300
  • Same benefits as regular Table Exhibitor
All Annual Meeting Sponsors receive the following benefits:
  • Logo placement on conference announcements, publications and website with a link to your website
  • Logo displayed in conference program
  • Logo displayed on prominent signage at the event
  • Exhibit booth space
  • Sponsor ribbons on name badges to recognize your company’s contribution

Additional benefits per tiered sponsor level include:
Concurrent Session Sponsor: $1,500
  • Receive 2 complimentary full conference registrations
  • Your company will be recognized as a sponsor of a concurrent session
  • Your company logo will appear on signage outside the session room

Break Sponsors: $3,000
  • Receive 4 complimentary full conference registrations
  • Your company will sponsor a morning or afternoon break during which all attendees will see your logo prominently displayed at the refreshment area
  • Quarter-page ad in conference program

Lunch Reception Sponsor: $5,000
  • Receive 6 complimentary full conference registrations
  • Your company will sponsor the one of the Exhibitor Lunch Receptions
  • All attendees will see your company name in several locations during lunch
  • Half-page ad in conference program

Evening Reception Sponsor: $7,500
  • Receive 8 complimentary full conference registrations
  • Your company will sponsor the Thursday evening Dinner
  • All attendees will recognize your company name in several locations around the buffet area; speaking opportunity at the general session
  • Full page ad in conference program

Additional or partial sponsorship opportunities are available such as sponsoring the tour, a break, special session, reception, or other marketing opportunity. 
For more information please contact Steven Manning at 615-969-1309 or

Faiths Blog

Hello, tree pest mavens!

I have posted a new blog at or

The new blog summarizes two recent NPS reports on Service efforts to address invasive species - animals and plants; both reports reveal significant shortcomings in NPS efforts. 

New official web site for the Federal Interagency Committee for the Management of Noxious and Exotic Weeds (FICMNEW)

New official web site for the Federal Interagency Committee for the Management of Noxious and Exotic Weeds (FICMNEW)

Visit the new official FICMNEW web site. Find a range of information relevant to invasive plant and noxious weed management. You will also find presentation announcements for public meetings.

Invasive Species Management in the NPS

Invasive Species Management in the NPS

The new blog posts, at or www.nivemnic.ussummarize two recent NPS reports on Service efforts to address invasive species - animals and plants; both reports reveal shortcomings in NPS efforts. A new report on invasive animals says there are opportunities for the NPS to take a lead in addressing the threat. It suggests ways to provide the needed capacity and to change the agency culture that hampers efforts to realize this ambition. A strategic plan for the NPS Invasive Plant Program was released in December 2016. The Strategic Plan identifies goals and actions to optimize the program’s effectiveness, while increasing program and park capacity and leveraging human and fiscal resources with state, federal, and private entities.

Wildfire and Invasive Plant Species in the Sagebrush Biome

This report summarizes the policy, fiscal and science challenges that land managers encounter related to the control and reduction of the invasive plant/fire complex, especially as it relates to the threaten or endangered species listing status of the Greater sage-grouse. 

Monday, April 23, 2018

SWFL CISMA Non-Native Fish Round-Up

The SWFL CISMA Non-Native Fish Round-Up is starting this upcoming weekend!  Registration is open, if you are interested please sign up asap!  Please also help us spread the word!

Please visit to learn more about this year’s roundup which will be held over 2 weekends: April 27th and May 5th. 

Registration is FREE, and we welcome anglers of all ages to join in the competition. There will be great prizes for the largest fish, most fish and a Grand Slam. 

Additionally, there will be a Kids Only Fishing Blitz on location each Saturday. 

Please check out the attached flyer and PLEASE SHARE with your co-workers, community and friends and on social media. We will be giving a prize to the CISMA member with the most referrals, so SHARE far and wide!!!

Thank you!

Erin and Christal

Christal Segura
Senior Environmental Specialist
Collier County Conservation Collier Program
Collier County Parks and Recreation
 3300 Santa Barbara Blvd.
Naples, FL 34106
(239) 252-2495 office
(239) 289-3310 cell    


 Erin P. Myers, DVM, MS
Private Lands Biologist
US Fish & Wildlife Service
12085 SR 29 South
Immokalee, FL 34142
239-657-8009 (office)
239-370-6302 (cell)
239-657-8002 (fax)