Thursday, March 8, 2018

Aquatic Plant Management Society is soliciting proposals for a two-year, $40,000 Graduate Student Research Grant (GSRG)


The Aquatic Plant Management Society is soliciting proposals for a two-year, $40,000 Graduate Student Research Grant (GSRG). This grant is awarded biannually to provide for a full-time graduate student to conduct research in aquatic plant or algae management techniques, or in aquatic ecology related to the biology or management of regionally or nationally recognized nuisance aquatic vegetation (macrophytes, algae, or cyanobacteria). Please follow this link for the 2018 GSRG Announcement:

Applications must be postmarked no later than April 15th, 2018. Please address all inquiries to Mark Heilman at

Announcing NISC Communities of Practice - Register for Sessions

Announcing NISC Communities of Practice - Register for Sessions

Dear federal invasive species practitioners, 

The National Invasive Species Council (NISC) Secretariat has established two NISC Communities of Practice (NISC COPS) designed to support enhanced communication for Council decision making. The NISC Policy and Law COP focuses on issues relevant to federal policies, regulations, and other guidance that impact invasive species and federal efforts to address them. The NISC Science and Technology COP focuses on issues related to advancing federal science and technology capacities to solve the most pressing invasive species concerns.

The purpose of the NISC COPs is to:
  1. Communicate NISC leadership priorities to the federal agency community and seek input relevant to these priorities from technical experts across the whole of the federal government;
  2. Provide a venue for sharing pressing concerns that may have inter-departmental implications and that may need to be elevated to NISC leadership for attention/action;
  3. Facilitate the sharing of success stories and lessons learned that may have inter-departmental applicability and contribute to even greater returns on federal investments; and
  4. Promote effective communication and coordination among the federal community of invasive species experts to create opportunities for greater efficiency and effectiveness as measured by on-the-ground successes.
NISC COP sessions will be scheduled on the third Wednesday of the month from 3:30-5 pm (Eastern) and alternate on a monthly basis between Policy/Law and Science/Technology. They will be hosted on WebEx with an open invitation to federal agency staff, and will generally be 60–90 minutes in duration. The format will include an opening introduction to the selected theme followed by discussion structured on a series of topic-specific questions.

The preliminary list of themes and discussion dates include:
  • March 21 – Policy/Law: Streamlining NEPA for effective eradication and control
  • April 18 – Science/Technology: Scientific and technical challenges limiting rapid detection of potentially invasive species
  • May 16 – Policy/Law: Institutional arrangements for effective early detection and rapid response
  • June 20 – Science/Technology: Scientific and technical challenges limiting rapid identification of species in the “early detection” context
  • July 18 – Policy/Law: Regulating the development and use of advanced biotechnologies for the eradication and control of invasive species
  • August 15 – Science/Technology: Scientific and technical challenges to rapid reporting of invasive species occurrence data in open-access information systems
Interested staff can register for these COP sessions at:

Spread the word. Please distribute this information to relevant staff within your department or office (please note that these sessions are for federal government employees only). If you did not receive this email directly from the NISC Secretariat, please contact us if you'd like to be on our distribution list. 

If you have any questions or comments, please contact the NISC COP leads at the Secretariat:

Policy/Law: Stas Burgiel, Assistant Director for Policy and Program Coordination, 202-208-4163

Science/Technology: Jeff Morisette, Chief Scientist, 970-787-0008

National Invasive Species Council (NISC) Secretariat
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"...we can do this..."

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

It is necessary for us to learn from others’ mistakes. You will not live long enough to make them all yourself. – Admiral Hyman G. Rickover

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

"Conservation and Management of Western Monarchs on DoD Lands"

From: Phillips, Taylor [USA] []
Sent: Wednesday, March 07, 2018 8:13 AM
To: DoD Natural Resources
Subject: [Non-DoD Source] DoD NR Webinar: Western Monarchs on DoD Lands; March 14, 1:00 PM ET

"Conservation and Management of Western Monarchs on DoD Lands"
Wednesday, March 14, 2018 (1:00 PM - 2:00 PM ET)

Monarch butterfly populations have declined dramatically across North America, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is reviewing the species for a potential Endangered Species Act listing. Breeding phenology differs between Eastern and Western Monarch populations, and scientists know very little about Western Monarch breeding patterns. During the next DoD Natural Resources webinar, Stephanie McKnight with The Xerces Society will provide an overview of DoD Legacy project 17-836, "Conservation and Management of Western Monarchs on DoD Lands: Implications of Breeding Phenology." The presentation will provide an overview of the Western Monarch population, and offer preliminary findings of the research and implications for Monarch butterfly conservation and management on DoD lands in the western United States.

Conference Number: 1-877-885-1087
Participant Code: 884-304-3266

If you have never attended an Adobe Connect meeting or just want to test your connection prior to the webinar, visit:

If you are unable to join the webinar, we will post a recording on the NR Program web portal on the Webinars tab at:

Please share this information with your colleagues, and feel free to contact me if you have any questions about the upcoming presentation.

Taylor Phillips
DoD Natural Resources Program,
Twitter: @DoDNatRes

2018 FLEPPC ANNUAL CONFERENCE, Winds of Change – Adaptive Management Under Changing Conditions.

Greetings members of the FLEPPS list-serv ~

Attached please find the draft agenda for the 2018 FLEPPC ANNUAL CONFERENCE, Winds of Change – Adaptive Management Under Changing Conditions. We are looking forward to a rewarding learning experience and a good time reconnecting with colleagues and friends. If you haven’t yet registered or reserved a room, please visit the FLEPPC Conference webpage for details. We look forward to seeing many of you April 4th – 6th in Melbourne, FL.

Please let us know if you have any questions.

Karen Brown, FLEPPC Program Chair
University of Florida/IFAS Center for Aquatic & Invasive Plants
 - and -
Florida Exotic Pest Plant Councils (FLEPPC)
7922 NW 71st Street | Gainesville FL   32653
352-273-3667 |

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

2018 Innovations in Invasive Species Management Training

Innovations in Invasive Species Management Training
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 12th-14th, 2018 at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel.  Innovations Conference 2018 Website.  2017 was a great success with land managers coming together from throughout the US and overseas.  The conference hosts people from throughout the US and World looking for new techniques and inspiration from successes to manage a wide range of invasive species We are working to include more animal, marine and insect content as well this year. Be ready for some exciting new topics and demonstrations in 2018 as we have already confirmed several new tools that will be demonstrated in 2018 including remote controlled mulching machines and a demo of UAV spray tools.  

Lodging at the Conference Rate can now be reserved by following this link  Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention center Conference Reservations

Registration is also open now through Eventbrite at   Innovations Conference 2018 Registration and Sponsorship

As we prepare the 2018 Conference Website and program please consider presenting at the 2018 meeting.  If you would like to present an oral presentation or a poster, demonstrate equipment or reserve a vendor space, please see below for directions.  Otherwise if you have any questions please give Steven Manning a call at 615-969-1309 or send an email at

Call for Presentations
For the 2018 meeting we are requesting proposals related to:
  • All aspects of Invasive Species Management
  • Large scale invasive species management projects
  • 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
  • Unique prevention techniques
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 conference. 
·       Deadline for submission of Oral Presentation Abstracts is June 1st, 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

Monday, February 26, 2018

Fiscal Year 19 appropriations for APHIS & USFS

Hi, forest pest mavens!
I have posted a new blog at or in which I outline the Administration's request for funding in FY19 and ask you to write to your Senators and members of Congress to urge them to oppose the proposed cuts.


Wednesday, February 21, 2018

NA-IPC Webinars

National Invasive Species Awareness Week
February 26 - March 2, 2018

There are a few webinars you may have interest in listed on the website:  and copy and pasted below:

NA-IPC Webinars

Monday February 26 - 3:00 PM
Tuesday February 27 - 3:00 PM
Wednesday February 28 - 4:00 PM
Thursday March 1 - 3:00 PM

There is also a map at where you can click on the markers to find out about events--there are three listed for Washington:

The Columbia Gorge CWMA's seventh annual Invasive Species and Exotic Pest Workshop:

WSDA's Gypsy Moth Open House: