Monday, September 28, 2015

North American Invasive Species Management Association Conference

The Invasive Species Council of Metro Vancouver is co-hosting with the North American Invasive Species Management Association in Vancouver October 20-22, 2015. In addition to a great lineup of topics and speakers, we are excited that CABI will be hosting a full day session on Biocontrol on the 22nd. This session will include information on agents currently being researched for a variety of weed species. More information can be found on the agenda. This is an amazing opportunity to have this kind of session in our own backyard!

Agenda and registration information can be found at:

North American Invasive Species Management Association

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

National Invasive Species Awareness Week
National Invasive Species Awareness Week
February 21st-27th

A week of events across the nation to raise awareness and identify solutions to invasive species issues at local, state, tribal, regional and national scales. Locate an invasive species event in your state or county.

Plan to attend events during NISAW 2016 in Washington DC, online, or in your state:
National Invasive Species Achievement Awards Ceremony

For More Information

·       Dr. Lee Van Wychen

·       Chris Dionigi
National Invasive Species Council

MNDNR partners with local governments for record number of watercraft inspectors

MNDNR partners with local governments for record number of watercraft inspectors (9/3/15)<>

Watercraft inspections target invasive species influx

WY: Watercraft inspections target invasive species influx (9/2/15) <

Researchers to try to map genome of zebra mussel

Researchers to try to map genome of zebra mussel (9/15/15)<>
University of Minnesota scientists Tuesday announced they will try to be the first in the world to map the entire genetic sequence of Dreissena polymorpha, aka the zebra mussel, the invasive mollusk spreading across waters in Minnesota and the country.  But unlike the Human Genome Project, which aspires to benefit humanity, the U's project could spell bad news for zebra mussel-kind.  "Like all species, zebra mussels have weaknesses that can be exploited for control, and we want to find those," Michael McCartney, the project's lead researcher and a professor at the University's Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center, said in Tuesday's announcement. The center is teaming up with the U's Genomics Center on the effort…..

Register and make hotel reservations this week for the 2015 Cal-IPC Symposium in San Diego!


Wed., Oct. 28



1. Strategic Approaches for
  Wildland Weed Management -
  A team of long-time land
  managers provide guidance on
  program design.

  2. Calflora's Weed Manager -

  Calflora staff provide a training
  on using Observer Pro and
  associated online features to
  map and track your weed work.

  Evening session:
  DPR Laws & Regulations for

  Herbicide Applicators - applying
  for 2 units L&R.

Thu./Fri., Oct. 29-30

  Papers, Posters, Exhibitors,    
  Discussion Groups, Awards,
  Photo Contest, Student
  Contests, Social Hour, Raffle,
  Student Networking Lunch,
  Panel Sessions, and more a special conference on   
  "Habitat Conservation Planning
  and Invasive Plant

  ...and time to explore food
  and  goings-on in the Gaslamp

Sat., Oct. 31

   Field trips

  Get out into the most
  biologically diverse county
  in the nation and see some
  great weed work!

  1. Unmanned Aerial
Demonstration for
  Mapping Weeds

  2. Rancho Jamul Ecological
  Reserve and South Crest


  3. Cleveland National Forest



Monday, September 21, 2015

PNW Chapter of the Society of Wetland Scientists Conference

Faith's new blog - praising APHIS & asking why few stakeholders work w/ agency

Dear forest pest mavens & others,
please check out my most recent blog at
I welcome responses to my queries about why so few people and organizations that depend on APHIS to protect tree resources that they value engage with the agency (with praise or criticism) or support adequate appropriations.


2015 Fall Puget Sound Knotweed Forum

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Northeast Plant, Pest, and Soils Conference in Philadelphia

Event Information

The first Northeastern Plant, Pest, and Soils Conference (NEPPSC 2016) will be hosted by the Northeastern Weed Science Society. The conference will be held at the Sheraton Society Hills Hotel, One Dock Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106, from January 3 to 7, 2016.

See the website program for more information:

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Southwest Florida Invasive Exotic Wildlife Workshop

Invasive Exotic Wildlife Workshop  September 16, 2015, 1:00 – 4:00 PM

Target Audience: rural landowners, farmers and private land managers

Purpose:  to raise awareness of the potential presence and influx of Tegu and Monitor lizards in our region as well as to provide an update on the ongoing python issue.

UF/IFAS Southwest Florida Research & Education Center
2685 State Road 29 North, Immokalee, Florida 34142

Come hear about the... 
Status of invasive wildlife in Southwest Florida; 
Current efforts for outreach and removal of invasive wildlife in Southwest Florida; and 
What do we need to know to combat establishment and spread of invasive wildlife?

Thank you,

Christal Segura

Environmental Specialist

Collier County Conservation Collier Program

Collier County Parks and Recreation

15000 Livingston Road Naples, FL 34109

(239) 252-2495 office

(239) 289-3310 cell    




 Erin P. Myers, DVM, MS

Private Lands Biologist

US Fish & Wildlife Service

12085 SR 29 South

Immokalee, FL 34142

239-657-8009 (office)

239-370-6302 (cell)

239-657-8002 (fax)

Midwest Invasive Plant Network (MIPN) hosting a two day symposium on invasive plants


The Midwest Invasive Plant Network (MIPN) hosting a two day symposium on invasive plants at the North Central Weed Science Society conference in Indianapolis on, Dec. 9-10 (at the downtown Hyatt regency).  The symposium will focus on invasive plants in natural areas and will include a plenary session, as well as concurrent sessions on a broad array of topics.  Registration for the Symposium only will be $150 for the full Symposium or just $100 for one day ($50 for Students) if people register before November 12th. Registration is now available online at . 

While many presentations are invited, limited space is available for volunteered papers. If you would like to present at the conference, titles must be submitted to the North Central Weed Science Society (NCWSS) by September 4th.  Please note this deadline is just for titles.  Abstracts will be due in November.  If your presentation is not selected you will be able to display a poster. We especially encourage graduate students to submit presentations.

To submit a title for a poster or presentation, visit  Though you will be submitting your title to NCWSS, if you select the invasive plant section your all presentations on invasive plants in natural areas will be included in the MIPN/IPAW symposium.

NMFWF Invasive Species Working Group Update

I hope everyone has had a great summer.  It has been quite busy on my end with endless field work this year.  As we approach the fall I am going to start the webinar series we discussed at the meeting in Omaha.  If you have an invasive species topic you would like to present to the group I encourage you to email me at

Also, if you would like to post anything on our weekly blog you can use the same email address to forward the information. 

DoD Natural Resources Program webinar series

The next presentation in the DoD Natural Resources Program webinar series will be on Thursday, September 17, at 1 PM ET. The speaker will be Dr. Heidi Kretser, and her presentation is titled “Partnering with DoD to Combat Wildlife Trafficking.” Please feel free to pass this information along to anyone else that may not have received it. Additional information about the webinar is included below.

“Partnering with DoD to Combat Wildlife Trafficking”

Presenter: Dr. Heidi Kretser

When:  09/17/2015 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM ET

Summary:  The FY2016 National Defense Authorization Act extends authority of forces supporting counter transnational organized crime to include illegal trade of products made from endangered wildlife. This presentation will detail the evolution of a partnership between DoD and the Wildlife Conservation Society to develop training materials, including a DVD and the mobile app, Wildlife Alert, to combat wildlife trafficking and ensure military personnel know about and comply with laws governing illegal wildlife trade.


Audio Conference Details:

Conference Number: 1-877-885-1087

Participant Code: 615-877-4576


To join the meeting:



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