Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Cal-IPC has big ambitions for 2018


Toyon (Heteromeles arbutifolia), provides seasonal color in California (thus the name Christmas berry) and, more importantly, winter food for wildlife. We at Cal-IPC hope you  have a wonderful holiday season (and are safe from fires). Photo courtesy of Santa Clara Valley Water District. 
Let's get ready for 2018!

Cal-IPC has big ambitions for 2018, and we need your help to achieve our goals.  

Please make a year-end donation here! 

In particular, we will be advocating for state funding to support invasive plant management. We already succeeded in including invasive plant management in the parks bond that will be on the ballot next June. But we still need to secure funding for collaborative Weed Management Areas. January's Invasive Species Summit in Sacramento provides a key opportunity to formulate a plan and build a coalition for accomplishing this during the upcoming legislative cycle. We hired an environmental lobbying firm to strengthen our effort. Your donations help us cover these new expenses and more. Thank you for your support!   

Doug Johnson, Executive Director  


California Invasive Plant Council, 1442-A Walnut St. #462, Berkeley, CA 94709


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Monday, December 18, 2017

Innovations Conference a Success

Last week over 230 land managers from throughout the US and world gathered in Nashville for the Innovations in Invasive Species Conference and Workshop.  Several military installations were represented to listen to and participate in more than 50 talks over the two day meeting.  With this years successes we will be coming back to the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville December 11th-13th, 2018!  Please mark your calendars for next years event.  To view the final agenda and speaker abstracts and biographies from the 2017 meeting please visit
www.invasiveplantcontrol.com/conference17/

We look forward to next December and would like to encourage DOD land managers to begin thinking about topics you might want to present in 2018.  A call for papers will be coming out in early 2018. 

USDA Seeks Applications for $10 Million in Conservation Innovation Grants

From: Laura Crowell [mailto:Laura.Crowell@ia.usda.gov]
Sent: Monday, December 18, 2017 3:15 PM
To: Brown,Karen P
Subject: USDA Seeks Applications for $10 Million in Conservation Innovation Grants



USDA Seeks Applications for $10 Million in Conservation Innovation Grants
Funding is available in three focus areas, including grazing lands, organic systems and soil health
Contact: Laura Crowell, 515-323-2207
 
WASHINGTON, Dec. 18, 2017 – USDA is offering grants for innovative ideas for conservation strategies and technologies. USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) plans to invest $10 million in the Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) program, funding innovative conservation projects in three focus areas: grazing lands, organic systems and soil health. Grant proposals are due Feb. 26, 2018.
"Conservation Innovation Grants play a critical role in developing and implementing new methods to help our customers conserve natural resources, strengthen their local communities, and improve their bottom lines," said Rob Johansson, Acting Deputy Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation. "Today's announcement supports our efforts to help producers build economically-strong and resilient farms and ranches by providing producers tools to utilize across their working farmlands.”
The NRCS uses CIG to work with partners to accelerate transfer and adoption of promising technologies and approaches that address some of the nation’s most pressing natural resource concerns. This year, NRCS is focusing funding in these areas:
  • Grazing Lands: Helping livestock producers make grazing management decisions, encouraging prescribed burning as a grazing management practice, and improving access to conservation planning tools used for developing grazing management plans.
  • Organic Agriculture Systems: Helping organic producers develop innovative cropping and tillage systems, edge-of-field monitoring, crop rotations and intercropping systems.
  • Soil Health: Supporting both cropping and grazing systems, in a variety of climatic zones, that incorporate soil health management systems for addressing specific resource concerns like nutrients and availability. Evaluating multiple soil health assessment methods to assist in the development of new soil health indicators and thresholds.
“Every sector of American agriculture has its unique conservation challenges,” said Johansson. “CIG enables USDA to help support new, innovative tools and techniques which have helped U.S. agriculture become the powerhouse we see today, leading the world in both production efficiency and conservation delivery.”
Potential applicants should review the announcement of program funding available at www.grants.gov, which includes application materials and submission procedures. All U.S.-based entities and individuals are invited to apply, with the sole exception of Federal agencies. Up to 20 percent of CIG funds will be set aside for proposals from historically underserved producers, veteran farmers or ranchers or groups serving these customers.
NRCS is hosting a webinar for potential CIG applicants on Jan. 11, 2018 at 4 pm Eastern. Information on how to join the webinar can be found here.
CIG is authorized and funded under the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). Projects can last up to three years. The maximum award amount for any project this year is $2 million.
Funding Conservation Innovation for More Than a Decade Since 2004, NRCS has invested nearly $286.7 million in more than 700 projects focused on providing farmers and ranchers new techniques, data and decision-making tools for improving natural resources conservation on their land. Projects included:
  • The National Association of Conservation Districts evaluated year-by-year changes in corn and soybean farmer income during a multi-state, three-year study, that determined soil health practices such as cover crops and no-till can result in an economic return of over $100 per acre.
  • The National Center for Appropriate Technology worked with leading sustainable and organic agriculture organizations, NRCS staff, consultants and hundreds of farmers to better integrate organic systems into NRCS programs and procedures and improve NRCS programs accessibility. As a result, NRCS changed 15 Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) conservation enhancements, added one new CSP conservation enhancement, and published an organic guidebook for NRCS field staff.
  • The Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship (DGA) project will work with historically underserved populations in the Great Lakes Region to develop apprentice relationships that will foster skills in innovative managed grazing. The DGA is a two-year accredited National Apprenticeship that provides employment, mentorship, comprehensive training, and peer-to-peer discussions to help dairy grazers advance their careers.
     
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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
www.wmswcd.org
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Managing non-native species and building a risk assessment checklist

Managing non-native species and building a risk assessment checklist

(From: THE APPLIED ECOLOGIST'S BLOGBRIDGING THE GAP BETWEEN RESEARCHERS, AND PRACTITIONERS, AND POLICYMAKERS
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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.


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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


406-222-7270

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 http://www.invasivespecies.wa.gov/feral-swine-information.shtml 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 https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/4627123548864769538. If this is your first GoToWebinar, visit link.gotomeeting.com/system-check to check your connection and system settings.

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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
justin.bush@rco.wa.gov
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