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 | j.garcia@ufl.edu | 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 www.cisp.us


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: https://sems.serdp-estcp.org. Complete proposal and submission instructions are available on the SERDP website: https://www.serdp-estcp.org/Funding-Opportunities/SERDP-Solicitations. 

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: https://www.serdp-estcp.org/Funding-Opportunities/SERDP-Solicitations/Webinar-SERDP-FY17.

THE INVADER 2015 (Volume 5)

Subject: THE INVADER 2015 (Volume 5)


THE INVADER 2015 (Volume 5)

[http://www.abinvasives.ca/images/uploadsfile/AISC%20logo_LOW%20RES.jpg]  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 info@abinvasives.ca<mailto:info@abinvasives.ca>

 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<http://email.abinvasives.ca/wf/click?upn=uaqbiq38gbKWigv7k7Wji7N3Qk-2B1l5JLU-2F8-2BBGn031U9vsTORyKItmBOMQQRn7cg_FPoX04jq1Pe8HKoH4V49TgeHIeDwnMKQoxV4jiFFSJCgi-2FwC2Syhsq0BCa5Vu1qks6UQ8oPdC7scfyjgHxKizg5-2BzxZKL56f45s9NB5yTsb-2FFTyeGU4dm1nSkuwohdplBSQsI09OksQCKJxN53lngLOwvfqtU4GQScqR7vc6HRtCtYRkSMWAP3P-2FTbE8sITCBKJVUSwhBRfYOFwZpnmpwwkKd4MUnBOZXFCMy41-2FwqkPk-2BYWeFxiYLMQvETJblaZcOVSV8voj7X2MpIcry8yg02o5dfIbatMmfuanwnUsNQ-3D>


PlayCleanGo Officially Launched in Alberta.

The PlayCleanGo program has officially been launched in Alberta by the AISC!! [http://www.abinvasives.ca/images/uploadsfile/PlayCleanGo%20AISC%20Trail%20Sign%20Final.jpg] [http://www.abinvasives.ca/images/uploadsfile/PlayCleanGo%20Poster%208_5x11.jpg]

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.

PlayCleanGo.org/abinvasives 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<http://email.abinvasives.ca/wf/click?upn=uYmqKQuNvUSrHrh8wZLGu0ddCJatSPjle9NV-2Fjqu5CERubDiTqo8xZovY3zIyowqiRxRz0T3xbTwm-2BOmYz3jdx8xtFEWcRMe8LXkUZ5IF0Yv3KYC-2BcZYs76PVrFEhHeg_FPoX04jq1Pe8HKoH4V49TgeHIeDwnMKQoxV4jiFFSJCgi-2FwC2Syhsq0BCa5Vu1qks6UQ8oPdC7scfyjgHxKizg5-2BzxZKL56f45s9NB5yTsZ9-2B9tOjzhvTcblxlFRnzUjxW57KIwXY44I8Mpw-2Bd6NHfF95ti-2BWlbXWCyQR2-2FPLV5paOyWb2RKtnCIlj0sh1anr-2Bh5NiPIln7GznzSNMq89-2FT8cRoPUrDwzukxXhUR6jsm6H-2BU1hGGBfYAq85d08IsmxDLWjOXNmVmhEsF097WpxjBytfAaKFCiW5va0NyT3k-3D> provided to CBC The Current.

The INVADER Newsletter is published by the Alberta Invasive Species Council.  For more information or to contact us: website www.abinvasives.ca<http://www.abinvasives.ca> or email us at info@abinvasives.ca<mailto:info@abinvasives.ca>.  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: https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2015/10/30/2015-27366/injurious-wildlife-species-listing-10-freshwater-fish-and-1-crayfish

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 (http://bison.usgs.ornl.gov)
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 (http://bison.usgs.ornl.gov)
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