Friday, December 8, 2017

Register NOW for the 4-County CWMA Pull-Together

The event takes place at the Kennedy School in Portland on Wednesday, Jan 10th from 8am-4pm (with social & happy hour to follow). Please get your registrations in early.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Michelle Delepine
Invasive Species Program Coordinator
West Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District
2701 NW Vaughn St, Suite 450
Portland, OR 97210
Office: 503 238 4775 x 115
Cell: 503 490 4446
Fax: 503 326 3942
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Managing non-native species and building a risk assessment checklist

Managing non-native species and building a risk assessment checklist


Helen Roy discusses her recent Policy Direction, Developing a framework of minimum standards for the risk assessment of alien species and the challenges of producing a 14-step checklist for quality assurance in invasive species risk assessment.

Terri Hogan, Invasive Plant Program Manager

Landscape Restoration & Adaptation
Biological Resources Division
Natural Resource Stewardship and Science
1201 Oakridge Dr, Suite 200
Fort Collins, CO 80525

Phone:  970-267-7306
Cell:  970-889-0108
Fax:  970-225-3585

You must welcome change as the rule but not as your ruler. – Denis Waitley

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Flowering Rush Summit 2018

Flowering Rush Summit 2018
Northern Quest Resort, Spokane Washington
February 27-28, 2018

The Columbia Basin Cooperative Weed Management Area invites you to join us at the Flowering Rush Summit on February 27 and 28, 2018 in Spokane WA. The Summit will be a one and a half day event that will address flowering rush in the Columbia River Basin. The goal of the Summit is to share current information on distribution, ecology and management of flowering rush. The agenda team is busy at work putting the final touches together for the upcoming summit. Take a look at the attached agenda-at-a glance for more information.

Book your hotel - Take advantage of our special hotel rate of $99/night plus taxes and fees.  Group code: 19263 or follow this link

Register for the event today! Register here

Questions? Contact Leah Elwell for more information.

Leah Elwell
Invasive Species Action Network - Program Director
Western Regional Panel on ANS - Coordinator


Feral Swine: A Growing Threat Open House Meeting and Webinar - January 4, 2018

Feral Swine: A Growing Threat
Open House Meeting and Webinar 
January 4, 2018
4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

2017 report commissioned by Washington State agencies analyzed the ecological and economic impacts of 23 invasive species to Washington's landscapes, agriculture, business, and recreation.

Of the species analyzed, feral swine are not yet established in Washington. However, the invasive species is a serious threat to Washington State's agriculture, livestock, and natural resources. Focusing solely on potentially affected agricultural impacts, more than $6.5 billion are at risk. With your help, we can prevent this economic impact by keeping feral swine out of Washington.

To share information about feral swine identification, impacts, and the imminent threat to Washington State resources, the Washington Invasive Species Council will be holding a meeting and webinar. Hear from experts about feral swine damage and impacts to crops, wildlife, and water quality, and learn about disease threats to livestock. The Washington Invasive Species Council will also discuss what Washington is doing to prevent establishment of this new threat. Visit to learn more.

In-Person Meeting Information
You may join the meeting in person, in Room # 259, 2nd Floor, Washington Natural Resources Building, 1111 Washington St SE, Olympia, WA 98501.

Webinar Information
You may also join the meeting remotely via GoToWebinar. To register for the webinar, visit If this is your first GoToWebinar, visit to check your connection and system settings.


Justin Bush
Executive Coordinator
| Washington Invasive Species Council
Washington Recreation and Conservation Office
Office: 1111 Washington ST SE
| Olympia WA 98501
Mail: PO Box 40917
| Olympia WA 98504
Office: (360) 902-3088
|TDD: (360) 902-1996
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Aquatic Invasive Species

Hi folks,

I received this link from Pat Parr.  It’s a new USGS tool for viewing distribution maps and models of the potential spread of invasive species from floods and storms.



Tuesday, December 5, 2017

2018 Aquatic Weed Control Short Course

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Aquatic Weed Control Short Course

Registration is Open!  

Join us for the Aquatic Weed Control Short Course! It is the largest and most inclusive training for Florida Pesticide Licensing and CEUs. Become a more qualified professional, engage with your industry, and network with your peers! The Short Course is designed to benefit both new and experienced applicators alike. Register at the early rate of $250 and save $50!  (Early rate ends Feb. 26).  

Why Should You Attend?

·  Earn 20+ Florida CEUs in a Combination of Categories 
·  Take Florida Certification Exams
·  Exam Study and Q&A Sessions
·  Calibration/Math Training Sessions
·  Live Plant Identification Sessions 
·  General Standards (CORE) Training
·  Aquatic Pest Control Training
·  Natural Areas Weed Management Training
·  Right-of-Way Weed Management Training


Become a Sponsor!

Sponsoring the Aquatic Weed Control Short Course increases your brand recognition and exposure to more than 400 applicators in person, and 5000+ applicators via digital and printed publicity announcements.  

Sponsor recognition begins immediately, so maximize your benefits by sponsoring early! 

New this year for Sponsors! An opportunity for your company's brochure to be included in every attendee's registration packet. 


Make Your Hotel Reservation Today!

Fort Lauderdale Coral Springs Marriott

Reservation Cut-Off Date:
April 15, 2018 or the room block is full.  
Don't delay! The hotel may fill before the deadline.

Special Group Rate:  $119/night + tax (Regular Room)


Tel: 352-294-3576
General Short Course Information
Tel: 352-294-3578

This Short Course is organized by the
UF/IFAS Office of Conferences & Institutes (OCI)

OCI is a full service conference planning division dedicated to assisting groups that support the IFAS mission "to develop knowledge in agriculture, natural resources, and the environment, and to make that knowledge accessible to sustain and enhance the quality of human life."

UF/IFAS OCI, PO Box 110750, Bldg. 78 Mowry Road, Gainesville, FL 32611

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why does USDA not penalize every shipment of wood packaging that violates law?

Hi, forest pest mavens!

I have posted a new blog at or which asks why USDA has not changed its policy of allowing importers to violate wood pacakging regulations 4 times in a year before imposing a penalty.  As you may remember, Customs made that change this fall - as of November Customs is free to penalize any shipment that violates ISPM#15.  As noted in my blog in October, every year Customs detects thousands of non-compliant shipments! More aggressive enforcement seems essential!