Friday, September 22, 2017

Innovations in Invasive Species Management Conference

Innovations in Invasive Species Management Conference
We invite you to join us for the first Innovations in Invasive Species Management Conference and Workshop to be held in Nashville, TN December 13-15th, 2017 at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel.  Click below for the conference website. 

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 and Invasive Plant Control, Inc.

Registration-   To register please also go to the conference website Innovations in Invasive Species Management Website  and go to the registration page to register for the meeting.   

Hotel-  I also strongly encourage you to make your hotel reservations now.  The hotels in Nashville fill up quickly in December and there are a limited number of rooms reserved at the federal per diem rate for our meeting.  It’s definitely worth staying at the resort if feasible as they do a great job decorating the hotel during the holidays.  Reservations for the Opryland Hotel at the Conference Per Diem Rate can be made by clicking here 

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
Pesticide Recertification Credits and other Continuing Education Credits will be offered.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. 

Steven T. Manning
Invasive Plant Control, Inc.

cell:  615-969-1309
office:  615-385-4319

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Small Grants for wilderness stewardship, including invasive species inventory and monitoring!

From our Regional Wilderness Program Manager:

Here is a potential funding source for partners:

National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance, in partnership with the FS, offers small grants ($2,000-5,000) to volunteer organizations for projects that advance wilderness stewardship (i.e., result in WSP point gains). There is currently an open call for proposals, due October 15th, for winter projects (Nov 2017-May 2018). So, his wouldn’t be a fit for high-elevation areas like most of the MBS wildernesses but may work for lower elevation areas. Match is required.

Examples of Wilderness Stewardship Performance Activities

Work proposed under this Grant application may include, but is not limited to:
  • Inventory and monitoring surveys for invasive species
  • Eradication and control of invasive species

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Becky Blanchard
Wilderness, Wild & Scenic Rivers, and Congressionally Designated Areas Program Manager
Forest Service
Pacific Northwest Region
p: 503-808-2449
1220 SW Third Avenue
Portland, OR 97204
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Thursday, August 24, 2017

new blog - on feral hogs

Dear forest pest mavens & others,

I have posted a new blog at or

This one discusses issues in efforts to suppress populations of feral hogs - one of the worst invaders.

Faith Campbell

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Invasive Princess Tree

Hi folks.  Below is an example of why allowing invasive plants to be sold at nurseries is a bad idea…

Subject: FW: Invasive Princess Tree - Advertised as the Fastest Growing Tree in the World

If this isn't a testimonial on why you shouldn't buy invasive species, I don't know what is!
(P.S. If you received this twice, it's because you're on the SE-EPPC list-serv. If this is the only time you've received this, you're NOT on the SE-EPPC list-serv and should sign up here. Low traffic and since you’re a board member, you should know what’s going out to members. Thanks!)

-----Original Message-----
Sent: Wednesday, August 16, 2017 5:36 PM
To: Brown,Karen P

I live in Tulsa, OK.  This tree [Paulownia tomentosa] was sold as having sterile seeds so I felt safe in buying it (bare root). Seeds are not where the invaders come from ... they come from the roots of the tree.

I actually cut the trees (2) down and dug two big holes around the roots ... the roots were 7-inches in diameters in some places and looked like a twisted leviathan coming up out of the ground. I cut them out in big sections and disposed of them.  I slit what root remained then poured Roundup on them.  A month or two later I saw two stalks from this plant growing up under the pegboard above my workbench (in my garage) ... and other week or so, a stalk was growing up behind my freezer (on the other side of my two-car garage).

The volunteers keep showing up in other places ... in my yard, anywhere they want to come up.  I feel like it is growing under my house like a monster and will break through my foundation and clog my sewer lines. I want to move, but I would have to disclose that Jack's giant beanstalk (on steroids) lives under my house.

Friday, August 11, 2017

iguanas may disperse Brazilian pepper

Title: An Isotopic Study of Diet and Muscles of the Green Iguana (Iguana iguana) in Puerto Rico
Author(s): Govender, Y; Munoz, MC; Camejo, LAR; Puente-Rolon, AR; Cuevas, E; Sternberg, L
Source: JOURNAL OF HERPETOLOGY  Volume: 46  Issue: 2  Pages: 167-170   Published: JUN 2012
Abstract: In Puerto Rico, the number of nonnative Green Iguana, Iguana iguana, has increased and the species has proliferated throughout the island
….The gut contents consisted primarily of black mangrove leaves (Avicennia germinans), suggesting a higher impact of herbivory on this species of mangrove. Another plant species of interest found in the gut was Brazilian pepper, Schinus terebinthifolius. We suspect that I. iguana may be a disperser of this aggressive invasive plant in Puerto Rico. Our study indicates that I. iguana impacts the native flora and fauna in Puerto Rico, and that the ecological role of this species in introduced ranges warrants further investigation.

Natural Areas Weed Identification Equipment Calibration Calculations Herbicide Selection

On Friday, Aug. 18, Ken Gioeli, Natural Resources Extension Agent with the University of Florida St Lucie County Extension, will be teaching a course designed to prepare students to successfully complete the Natural Areas Weed Control Pesticide Licensing Exam. Several special topics will be addressed including
Natural Areas Weed Identification
Equipment Calibration Calculations
Herbicide Selection
Pre-registration is required. Call 772-462-1660 for information.  Register online at
Pesticide licensing exam available after training.

Invasive beetle that kills ash trees found in three Upstate counties [of South Carolina]

From: Shepherd, William -FS
Sent: Thursday, August 10, 2017 4:41 PM
Subject: EAB found in South Carolina

Hello SFIWC [Southern Forest Insect Work Conference] colleagues,

Dave Coyle has provided the following link about the first confirmed detection of EAB in South Carolina:

William P. Shepherd, SFIWC Secretary-Treasurer
USDA Forest Service SRS
2500 Shreveport Highway
Pineville, LA  71360  USA

Voice: 318-473-7256
FAX: 318-473-7222

SFIWC website:

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