Thursday, December 17, 2015

12 Days of Invasion for your holiday pleasure

Throw in some tunicates, Elodea and crayfish and this little Christmas tune would be more appropriate for AK but it's always good to see how creative people out getting the word out.
Happy Holidays, everyone!

Be part of the solution... Report Invasive Species: 1-877-INVASIV

Here is a fun sing-along for your holiday party.  This was developed last December by some folks in Montana for the Governor's signing of the Executive Order that established the Montana Invasive Species Advisory Council.  Enjoy and happy holidays!


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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Restoration Handbook for Sagebrush Steppe Ecosystems, Part 2

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Restoration Handbook for Sagebrush Steppe Ecosystems, Part 2

Link to USGS Newsroom

Posted: 07 Dec 2015 08:00 AM PST
Summary: Ecosystem restoration is complex and requires an understanding of how the land, plants, and animals all interact with each other over large areas and over time

Landscape Level Restoration Decisions

Contact Information:
Susan Kemp ( Phone: 541-750-1047 ); Paul Laustsen ( Phone: 650-328-4046 );

CORVALLIS, Ore. — Ecosystem restoration is complex and requires an understanding of how the land, plants, and animals all interact with each other over large areas and over time. Today, the U.S. Geological Survey published part two of a three-part handbook addressing restoration of sagebrush ecosystems from the landscape to the site level.
“Land managers do not have resources to restore all locations because of the extent of the restoration needed and are challenged to meet multiple management objectives, including restoring habitat for wildlife,” said David Pyke, USGS ecologist and lead author of the new USGS Circular. “Focusing restoration efforts on enhancing goals of a functioning landscape is necessary to gain the greatest benefit for sagebrush-steppe ecosystems.”
Part two of the handbook introduces habitat managers and restoration practitioners to a landscape restoration decision tool to assist them in determining landscape objectives, identifying and prioritizing landscape areas where sites for restoration projects might be located, and ultimately selecting restoration sites guided by criteria used to define the landscape objectives.
The tool is structured in five sections, addressed sequentially. Each section has related questions or statements to assist the user in addressing the primary question or statement:
  • Am I dealing with landscape-related restoration issues?
  • What are regional or landscape objectives for restoration?
  • Where are priority landscapes and sites within landscapes for restoration?
  • Prioritize landscapes using a resilience and resistance matrix
  • Monitor and report information on your measurable landscape objectives
“Most restoration projects are conducted at the site or local level,” said Pyke. “But where restoration projects occur influences whether benefits from those projects can be seen at a landscape level. This is especially important for species, such as the greater sage-grouse, whose home range can extend beyond the boundaries of an individual restoration site.”
Pyke noted that greater sage-grouse and sagebrush-steppe habitat is used in the handbook only as an example of landscape restoration. The process presented by this series can be modified and used for other landscape-related restoration issues as well.
Part one of the handbook introduced basic concepts about sagebrush ecosystems, landscape ecology and restoration ecology. Part two helps guide selection of potential sites for restoration from a landscape perspective. Part three will help guide restoration decisions at a selected site.
The handbook was funded by the U.S. Joint Fire Science Program and National Interagency Fire Center, Bureau of Land Management, Great Northern Landscape Conservation Cooperative, USGS and Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, with authors from the USGS, U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Oregon State University, Utah State University and Brigham Young University.
Greater sage-grouse occur in parts of 11 U.S. states and 2 Canadian provinces in western North America.  Implementation of effective management actions for the benefit of sage-grouse continues to be a focus of Department of the Interior agencies following the decision by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that the species is not warranted for listing under the Endangered Species Act. 

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Monday, December 14, 2015

2016 FLEPPC Annual Conference.

The Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council invites abstract submissions for contributed oral and poster presentations for the 2016 FLEPPC Annual Conference. The conference will be held March 9th–11th at the Crowne Plaza Oceanfront in Melbourne, Florida. This year’s theme: Brown is the New GreenPlease see the attached Call for Abstracts.
Deadline for Abstract Submissions:  January 15th, 2016
Instructions for abstracts:
Abstracts should be 300 words or less, submitted using MS Word, and include the following information: 
·        Title of the proposed paper or poster
·        Full name and professional title of the author(s), affiliation, mailing address, phone number, and email address
·        If there are multiple authors, please provide full information for each
·        A short biography of the presenter (for introduction purposes)
·        Please see the attached Call for Abstracts for student competition instructions (cash prizes!)

Submit abstract to: Karen Brown, Program Chair, University of Florida/IFAS Center for Aquatic & Invasive Plants,
Notification of acceptance or rejection will be emailed to author(s) by January 22st, 2016.

NMFWA Invasive Species Working Group Webinar

This is a reminder that the NMFWA Invasive Species Working Group is currently hosting webinars for our working group. One of the topics that was requested was control of feral hogs.  Thank you to Nathan Snow from USDA/APHIS for recording the following presentation for our group.   

You may access the prerecorded presentation, “Development of a Toxicant for the Lethal Control of Feral Swine” presented by Nathan Snow from the USDA/APHIS at

Just follow the steps once you click the link and you will be able to watch this presentation at your convenience.  Please contact me if you have any questions.  

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Mark Your Calendar for the 2016 Short Course!

Mark Your Calendar!

The 2016 Aquatic Weed Control Short Course will be held May 2-5, 2016 at the Fort Lauderdale Coral Springs Marriott in Coral Springs, Florida.

Visit the website for additional information on the location, registration fees, and sponsorship opportunities. Registration will be open next month, and the sponsorship commitment form is coming soon, so be on the lookout for future announcements!

Aquatic Weed Short Course
Certification Exams and CEUs

The Short Course is appropriate for new and experienced applicators alike! 

Just getting started? Complimentary Commercial, Public, and/or Private pesticide applicator certification testing will be offered on Thursday, May 5th after the course concludes for those looking to become licensed.

Already licensed? Earn up to 22 Florida CEUs and fully re-certify your Aquatic, Natural Areas, Right-of-Way, Forestry, or Private applicator license! 

This meeting is organized by the University of Florida/IFAS Office of Conferences & Institutes (OCI).

We are pleased to provide meeting and logistics management for the Aquatic Weed Control Short Course in support of 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. OCI is a full service conference planning division dedicated to assisting groups that share in this focus.


Jasmine Garcia | Short Course Coordinator | | 352-294-3584


Reinvasion of the Spruce Bark Beetle?

Interesting article about potential for spruce bark beetles to again invade the Kenai Peninsula...


Tammy Davis  /  Invasive Species Program Coordinator ADF&G /P.O. Box 115526 / Juneau, AK 99811-5526

P: (907) 465-6183 / C: (907) 209-2492

Be part of the solution... Report Invasive Species: 1-877-INVASIV

Monday, November 16, 2015

An ounce of prevention policy is worth........a pound of invasive species management​​

Dear forest pest mavens,

we know tree-killing insects and pathogens continue to be introduced ... but at what rate?  Is the rate higher than for other types of plant pests?  What can we learn from introductions of other types of plant pests?

Unfortunately, the data APHIS has made available, and the several studies over the past decade or so, do not allow us to detect trends arising from current policies or compare what policies work and don't work.  (The most important studies, dealing with wood packaging and imported live plants, are using data from up to 6 years ago -- and policies have changed in the interim.) 

I call on APHIS to make its various kinds of data - port interception data, species data, "newly established" data from CAPS or other surveys - available for analysis by independent experts.

The blog is posted at


Tuesday, November 3, 2015

SERDP FY17 Federal Call for Proposals

The Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP) released its Fiscal Year 2017 Federal Call for New Start Proposals. The attached memorandum references 10 Statements of Need (SONs) for the Core Solicitation and three SONs for the SERDP Exploratory Development (SEED) Solicitation. Core pre-proposals are due no later than 2:00 pm ET on January 7, 2016.  SEED full proposals are due March 8, 2016. 

Please submit pre-proposals directly to SERDP via their website at: Complete proposal and submission instructions are available on the SERDP website: 

The SERDP Acting Executive Director and Deputy Director will conduct a webinar entitled, "SERDP Funding Opportunities - FY 2017," on November 10, 2015, from 1:30-2:30 pm ET. Please pre-register for this webinar at:

THE INVADER 2015 (Volume 5)

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THE INVADER 2015 (Volume 5)

[]  Our growing season is grinding to a halt and the snow will be flying soon.  Time to review 2015 and make plans for 2016.  If you know of an upcoming event or meeting that AISC should attend ........ Email AISC at<>

 Canadian Weed Science Society Annual Conference is coming to Alberta November 23rd - 27th, 2015

Canadian Weed Science Society and AISC are having a special joint session focused on invasive species on Wednesday, November 25th at the Westin Hotel in Edmonton.  There is a special $100 registration fee for the joint day.  This is a great opportunity to interact with the research community and learn what is new with CWSS.  REGISTER NOW<>


PlayCleanGo Officially Launched in Alberta.

The PlayCleanGo program has officially been launched in Alberta by the AISC!! [] []

Don Hare, the AISC program coordinator for PlayCleanGo, is very excited to be launching the PlayCleanGo program in Alberta.  Hare explains ‘PlayCleanGo is an education and outreach program for outdoor recreationists that encourages outdoor recreation while protecting Alberta’s valuable resources. This program is a North American wide program developed to slow or stop the spread of terrestrial and aquatic invasive species through changes in the behaviors of recreationists. While the PlayCleanGo program has an international brand and support system, AISC as a partner, is permitted to customize the program to address Alberta’s unique recreation and invasive species needs’.

The PlayCleanGo program is very simple, concise, easy to understand and implement.  The recreationist simply needs to start their activity with clean gear or equipment, then while on the recreation site, stay on designated trails or pathways (where applicable), and then as they are preparing to leave the site, clean off any plant or animal debris, seed, soil or mud (potentially containing invasive species) off themselves, their equipment, pets or horses. The tag line Start Clean- Stay on Trails- Leave Clean has been developed to remind the recreationist to Play, then Clean, then Go. is an Alberta AISC customized webpage designed specifically for PlayCleanGo to promote awareness, understanding and cooperation by providing information that gives recreationists a clear call to action to be personally informed, attentive and accountable for stopping the spread of terrestrial and aquatic invasive species in Alberta.

PlayCleanGo is being launched into the field starting this fall with AISC and the supporting partners. Additionally AISC, Alberta Conservation Association and several Alberta Government ministries are currently assessing various recreation sites that will benefit from this program.



The AISC Annual Conference and AGM will be held on Thursday, March 10th, 2016 in Lacombe Alberta.  Mark your calendar so you do not miss this interesting and informative conference.  For those of you who belong to the Professional Vegetation Managers Association (PVMA) block your calendar for their conference on Wednesday March 9th in Red Deer.  Take in both conferences on back to back days!!

The Canadian Council on Invasive Species Responds

The CBC's The Current aired an interview with Fred Pearce, who wrote a book called "The New Wild".  He has some different opinions about invasive species management.  AISC has concerns about some of his comments on invasive species.  The Canadian Council on Invasive Species responded in an interview aired today (Oct 29th).  AISC is a founding member of the Canadian Council on Invasive Species.  Read the RESPONSE<> provided to CBC The Current.

The INVADER Newsletter is published by the Alberta Invasive Species Council.  For more information or to contact us: website<> or email us at<>.  If you no longer wish to receive this newsletter please follow the instructions below to "unsubscribe".

Event Spotlight

Canadian Weed Science Society Annual Meeting November 23 - 27, 2015

The Canadian Weed Science Society is having their 2015 Annual Meeting in Edmonton at the Westin Hotel, November 23rd to 27th, 2015. For more in...

Species Highlight

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Listing of species as injurious under the federal Lacey Act

From:  Tammy Davis  /  Invasive Species Program Coordinator ADF&G

To all who are interested in the listing of species as injurious under the federal Lacey Act, and what that means for regulating listed species, please review the documents below.

USFWS is proposing to list Crucian carp (Carassius carassius), Eurasian minnow (Phoxinus phoxinus), Prussian carp (Carassius gibelio), roach (Rutilus rutilus), stone moroko (Pseudorasbora parva), Nile perch (Lates niloticus), Amur sleeper (Perccottus glenii), European perch (Perca fluviatilis), zander (Sander lucioperca), and wels catfish (Silurus glanis). In addition, the Service also proposes to amend its regulations to add the freshwater crayfish species common yabby (Cherax destructor) to the list.

The proposed rule to list 11 freshwater species as injurious wildlife under the Lacey Act is scheduled to publish on 10-30-2015. This document is on public inspection today at:

The comments due date is 12-29-2015.

The Docket Id is Docket No. FWS–HQ–FAC–2013–0095 The RIN is 1018–AY69.


Tammy Davis  /  Invasive Species Program Coordinator ADF&G /P.O. Box 115526 / Juneau, AK 99811-5526

P: (907) 465-6183 / C: (907) 209-2492

Be part of the solution… Report Invasive Species: 1-877-INVASIV

Monday, November 2, 2015

Restoration Handbook for Sagebrush Steppe Ecosystems, Part 1 - Understanding and Applying Restoration

Today, the U.S. Geological Survey published part one of a three-part handbook addressing restoration of sagebrush ecosystems from the landscape to the site level.

Annie Simpson, FICMNEW cochair

BISON project (
Eco-Science Synthesis Branch

Core Science Analytics, Synthesis, & Libraries Program

U.S. Geological Survey, MS 302
12201 Sunrise Valley Drive
Reston, Virginia  20192
703.648.4281 desk

Invasive Plant Management and Greater Sage Grouse Conservation


For those of you who have not seen it, here is a link to an online publication that was summarized at ISAC today:

Ielmini, M.R., T.E. Hopkins, K.E. Mayer, K. Goodwin, C. Boyd, B. Mealor, M. Pellant, and T. Christiansen. 2015. Invasive Plant Management and Greater Sage-grouse Conservation: A Review and Status Report with Strategic Recommendations for Improvement. Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies. Cheyenne, Wyoming. 47 pp.

Annie Simpson, FICMNEW cochair

BISON project (
Eco-Science Synthesis Branch

Core Science Analytics, Synthesis, & Libraries Program

U.S. Geological Survey, MS 302
12201 Sunrise Valley Drive
Reston, Virginia  20192
703.648.4281 desk

Friday, October 30, 2015

Faith's 14th blog - cacti threatened by NIS insects, need to enhanced programs

Faith's 14th blog - cacti threatened by NIS insects, need to enhanced programs

Dear Forest Pest mavens & others,
my most recent blog, posted at , differs from most of my earlier blogs by focusing on threats to cacti in the U.S. and Mexico from South American insects.  I note also that no one from among the native plant societies or desert-protection organizations has stepped forward to ensure that policies and funding are adequate to protect these wonderful plants from the IAS threat.

 Check it out! 


November 4 Aquatic Invasive Plant Workshop

Nature Coast CISMA still has room in the following training

Aquatic Invasive Plants, Identification and Control.

Nature Coast CISMA is presenting this training with the following CEUs available




Keith Morin
Park Biologist
Crystal River Preserve State Park
Crystal River Archaeological State Park
Yulee Sugar Mill Ruins Historic State Park
3266 N.Sailboat Ave.                                        
Crystal River, FL  34428
Phone: (352) 563-0450
Cell: (352) 302-6263

DoD NR Webinar Series: Using the ESA to Protect Rare Amphibians and Reptiles, November 5, 1:00PM ET

The next presentation in the DoD Natural Resources webinar series will be Thursday, November 5 at 1:00pm (East Coast)/10:00am (West Coast) and it will run for approximately 40 minutes.

Webinar Title:  Using the Endangered Species Act to Protect Rare Amphibians and Reptiles

Presenter:  Jenny Loda, Amphibian and Reptile Staff Attorney-Center for Biological Diversity

Conference number: (877) 885-1087

Participant code: 615-877-4576

If you have never attended an Adobe Connect meeting before, I recommend you test your connection:

Please pass this information along to anyone else that may not have received it, and feel free to contact me if you have any questions about the upcoming presentation.

Taylor Phillips

DoD Natural Resources Program,

Twitter: @DoDNatRes

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Webinar- Correlation Between the Predicted Risk and Invasion Status of Non-Native Vine Species in Florida

The National Association of Invasive Plant Councils (NAIPC) invites you to a FREE invasive plant webinar on November 12, 3 pm Eastern Time:


Doria R. Gordon. The Nature Conservancy and Department of Biology, PO Box 118526, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611, 352-392-5949,; Deah M. Lieurance, Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants, PO Box 110500, University of Florida/IFAS, Gainesville, FL 32611, 352-294-1580,; and S. Luke Flory, Agronomy Department, PO Box 110500, University of Florida/IFAS, Gainesville, FL 32611, 352-231-2376,


The pattern that vines have a particularly high probability of invasion in new habitats relative to other plant growth forms is of concern in Florida, where at least 86 climbing vine species have been introduced. We evaluated whether predicted invasion risk matches actual invasion status in Florida’s natural areas for these vine species. The predictive weed risk assessment (WRA) tool used was the Australian WRA modified for Florida, which has been demonstrated to have over 90% accuracy in predicting Florida’s terrestrial plant invaders. Actual invasion status was assessed using the University of Florida’s Assessment of Non-native Species in Florida’s Natural Areas and herbarium records. The WRA predicted that over 70% of the species have a high probability of invasion. The longevity of species presence in the flora significantly influenced the accuracy of this prediction. The documented accuracy of the WRA tool suggests that the number of invasive vine species in Florida is likely to increase. Early control and prevention efforts for high invasion risk species may be warranted to avoid ecological impacts to Florida’s natural areas.

Monday, October 26, 2015

USA job announcement for Botanist/Agronomist to work on NAPPRA Weed issues opened today

From: Koop, Anthony L - APHIS []
Sent: Monday, October 26, 2015 8:20 AM

Hi all,

Please forward the following job announcement to anyone potentially interested in your networks. Essentially this person will be working in the Plants for Planting group in APHIS-Plant Protection and Quarantine. A large part of the job will involve working on weed and invasive plant issues. For those of you who know Al Tasker, this is essentially his position that APHIS is trying to fill after his retirement.



Job Title:  Agronomist/Botanist
Department:  Department Of Agriculture
Agency:  Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

Job Announcement Number:  24PQ-APHIS-MA-2015-1458


$90,823.00 to $139,523.00 / Per Year


Monday, October 26, 2015 to Monday, November 9, 2015




Full-Time - Permanent




1 vacancy - Riverdale, MD   View Map


US Citizens and Nationals; no prior Federal experience is required.


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