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

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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.