Friday, January 29, 2016

4-County CWMA Pull-Together at the Oregon Zoo

Please join us for the eighth annual 4-County CWMA Pull-Together at the Oregon Zoo! The Pull-Together is a great event designed to provide up-to-date information about invasive plant impacts, control, data collection and outreach for land managers, field contractors, and the interested public. Certified herbicide applicators may earn up to 5 Oregon or Washington re-certification credits (pending approval). 

This year the event will include a keynote talk about climate change and plant invasions.  We will also have snacks, beverages and a deli-style lunch buffet. 

Check out the agenda and register here:


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Thursday, January 28, 2016

"Introduction to the Avian Knowledge Network and Information Planning and Conservation System"

"Introduction to the Avian Knowledge Network and Information Planning and Conservation System"
Thursday, February 4, 2016 (1:00 PM - 2:00 PM ET)

The next presentation in the DoD Natural Resources webinar series will feature Dr. Eric Kershner with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS).  In concert with many partners, USFWS is developing new tools to improve access to migratory bird data, decision support analyses, and direct project-related recommendations for reducing impacts to migratory birds and their habitats.  Two of these tools are the Avian Knowledge Network (AKN) and the Information, Planning and Conservation system (IPaC).  This presentation will provide an overview and demonstration of both systems and discuss how these tools can benefit the Department of Defense.

Conference Number: 1-877-885-1087
Participant Code: 884-304-3266

If you have never attended an Adobe Connect meeting before, you can test your connection at: https://dodnatres.adobeconnect.com/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm

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, DoDNaturalResources.net DoDNatRes@bah.com
Twitter: @DoDNatRes


Monday, January 25, 2016

AQUATIC INVASIVE SPECIES NEWS


  
AQUATIC INVASIVE SPECIES NEWS
Provided by:  Tammy Davis  /  Invasive Species Program Coordinator ADF&G 
1/25/16

DREISSENID MUSSELS
Discovery of adult quagga mussel at Canyon Lake could impact recreational and municipal water users (1/14/16)<http://azgfd.net/artman/publish/NewsMedia/Discovery-of-adult-quagga-mussel-at-Canyon-Lake-could-impact-recreational-and-municipal-water-users.shtml>

PHOENIX -- In mid-December of 2015, personnel from the Arizona Game and Fish Department's Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Program positively identified an adult quagga mussel attached to the hull of a boat recently removed from Canyon Lake, a major recreational lake on the Tonto National Forest. <http://www.fs.usda.gov/tonto/> ………“The Department recognizes that finding one adult quagga mussel and indications of reproduction do not mean total infestation at the lake,” said Tom McMahon, AZGFD aquatic invasive species program coordinator. “But all recreationists and boaters need to remember to clean, drain and dry their watercraft and equipment after every use to minimize the looming threat of a full-blown infestation in this system, and perhaps statewide.”….


Related Story: Discovery of adult mussel in central Arizona lake could impact water users (1/15/16)<http://ktar.com/story/855222/discovery-of-adult-mussel-in-central-arizona-lake-could-impact-water-users/>


Okanagan: Urgent need to prevent invasive mussels – Letter from the OBWB to Federal Ministers<http://www.obwb.ca/urgent-need-to-prevent-invasive-mussels-letter-from-the-obwb-to-federal-ministers/>

The letter has been sent recognizing that there are now new ministers in charge of this file and a recent report<http://www.pnwer.org/uploads/2/3/2/9/23295822/advancing_a_regional_defense_against_dreissenids_in_the_pacific_northwestfinal.pdf> from the Pacific NorthWest Economic Region has estimated that zebra and quagga mussels could cost the Pacific Northwest $5 billion per year….

            Editor’s Note: The estimated cost should read $500 million, not $5 billion.


………On balance, I would rather have a lake without zebra mussels than with them. But unless ways are found to eliminate them, it will remain important to understand how they affect native species…..

Dreissenid Mussel Research Priorities Workshop (November 2015)   <http://pdxscholar.library.pdx.edu/centerforlakes_pub/49/>

On November 4-5, 2015, the Aquatic Bioinvasion Research and Policy Institute and the Center for Lakes and Reservoirs at Portland State University, the US Geological Survey, and the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission, convened a Dreissenid Mussel Research Priorities Workshop funded by the Great Northern Landscape Conservation Cooperative. The purpose of the workshop was to review dreissenid research priorities in the 2010 Quagga-Zebra Mussel Action Plan for Western U.S. Waters, reassess those priorities, incorporate new information and emerging trends, and develop priorities to strategically focus research efforts on zebra and quagga mussels in the Pacific Northwest and ensure that future research is focused on the highest priorities…..

AR: Zebra mussel infestation: Here’s why Norfork Lake really doesn’t want them (1/19/16)<http://www.baxterbulletin.com/story/news/local/2016/01/19/zebra-mussel-infestation-norfork-lake-really-want/79017462/>

Norfork Lake in north central Arkansas is full of big striped bass, just like its nearby neighbor Bull Shoals Lake. But unlike Bull Shoals, Norfork has yet to be infested with razor-sharp invasive zebra mussels. The U.S. Army Corps wants to keep it that way, and here’s why. “We’re already seeing their impact at Bull Shoals Lake and it’s not good,” said Bruce Caldwell, a natural resource biologist with the Corps. “They are extremely productive and will spread through a lake at amazing rates. They will attach and encrust on anything in the lake — dock chain, ropes, boat hulls, water intakes at the dam.”…..

ID: Fighting invasive mussels: ‘When you’ve got ‘em, you’ve got ‘em’ (1/21/16)    <http://www.spokesman.com/blogs/boise/2016/jan/21/fighting-invasive-mussels-when-youve-got-em-youve-got-em/>

Idaho and a few surrounding states are the last places where invasive quagga and zebra mussels haven’t taken hold, Montana Rep. Mike Cuffe, R-Eureka, told the House Resources Committee this afternoon, and a group of Pacific Northwest states and Canadian provinces want to make sure it stays that way, using a "regional perimeter defense strategy." Cuffe, representing the Pacific Northwest Economic Region – a collaborative of five states and five Canadian provinces that currently is chaired by Idaho Sen. Curt McKenzie – said a significant step has been made, as a result of pressure from PNWER and others including Idaho 2nd District Congressman Mike Simpson…..

AZ: Havasu leaders supportive of Ducey's $400K proposed budget item to battle mussels (1/18/16)<http://www.havasunews.com/news/havasu-leaders-supportive-of-ducey-s-k-proposed-budget-item/article_a4a07822-be70-11e5-94e3-834f68f3c8c9.html>

Governor Doug Ducey submitted his proposed 2017 budget this week, calling for additional funding to the Arizona Game and Fish Department in the battle against invasive quagga mussels. The governor requested $250,000 to fund research into the prevention of quagga mussels spreading to other bodies of water. He also requested $125,000 from the state’s Watercraft Licensing Fund for Game and Fish to purchase three mobile decontamination units and a truck to transport them to waterways throughout the state…..


BOAT INSPECTION/DECON NEWS

Alien species fly on the wings of ducks and other waterbirds (1/14/16)<https://www.sciencenews.org/blog/wild-things/alien-species-fly-wings-ducks-and-other-waterbirds>

……So researchers looked closely at where the invaders lived and saw that lakes with boat access were often home to invasive species, while remote lakes were not. People and their boats — not birds or other wildlife*  — must be the ones transporting the troublesome species, the researchers concluded…..

*WIDNR: Monitoring confirms that boaters, not ducks, moving aquatic invasive species around (3/5/13)<http://dnr.wi.gov/news/weekly/article/?id=2495>


BALLAST WATER

Criteria for entry into force of BWM Convention not yet reached – further ratifications needed (1/15/16)<http://www.imo.org/en/MediaCentre/PressBriefings/Pages/02-bwm-count.aspx>

Following the spate of ratifications in November 2015 of the Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention, IMO and partner IHS Maritime & Trade have been engaged in a process to verify tonnage figures to ascertain whether or not the convention’s final entry-into-force requirement has been met. Although that process is not yet complete, and will continue for up to three more weeks, IMO is in a position to confirm that the November ratifications did not trigger the convention’s entry into force.  Forty-seven countries have now ratified the convention, substantially more than the 30 required, but their combined fleets comprise, at most, 34.56 per cent of global tonnage, with 35 per cent required for entry into force……

The continuing debacle over ratifying the ballast water convention (1/19/16)<http://www.seatrade-maritime.com/news/americas/the-continuing-debacle-over-ratifying-the-ballast-water-convention.html>

…..The tale of the bringing the BWM Convention to global enforcement verges on a comedy, but unfortunately that it is a comedy that can be used against the IMO in its rightful role as the global regulator for a global shipping industry….

Namibia: Biofouling Guidelines to Result in a Convention (1/14/16)<http://allafrica.com/stories/201601140458.html>

The guidelines for the control and management of ships' biofouling developed by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO)<http://www.imo.org/en/OurWork/Environment/Biofouling/Pages/default.aspx> in 2011 could result in a convention to address this problem facing the world's oceans, says a senior official in the Ministry of Works and Transport….


MARINE

How the Japanese tsunami sent marine invaders across the ocean – and why you should be worried (1/17/16)<http://theconversation.com/how-the-japanese-tsunami-sent-marine-invaders-across-the-ocean-and-why-you-should-be-worried-53107>

When the tsunami waters withdrew from the devastated coast of Japan in March 2011 they took with them a vast amount of debris consisting of potentially millions of objects<https://disasterdebris.wordpress.com/>, and sent it rafting across the Pacific Ocean. On this debris came a host of Japanese marine animals and plants – in fact, more than 300 living species have so far been found to have washed ashore in North America and Hawaii. Astonishingly, after an ocean journey of more than 5,000 km and nearly five years, these species continue to arrive in the United States and Canada….




FISH

Release virus to rid Australia of carp, fishers, farmers and environmentalists declare (1/13/16)<http://www.smh.com.au/environment/release-virus-to-rid-australia-of-carp-fishers-farmers-and-environmentalists-declare-20160112-gm460l.html>

A virus that kills carp should be used to help rid Australian rivers of the destructive feral fish species, a unique coalition of anglers, farmers and conservationists have declared. Some of the nation's biggest fishing, farming and green groups say governments now have a once in a generation opportunity to use "biological controls" for carp, and they should commit funds to that end…..

ODFW plans to stock tiger trout in Diamond Lake to battle Tui chub (1/15/16)<http://www.dfw.state.or.us/news/2016/01_jan/011516b.asp>
ROSEBURG, Ore – The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife plans to add tiger trout to its standard Diamond Lake rainbow trout stocking this June. These brook and brown trout hybrids are reproductively sterile and known to prey on smaller fish – biologists are banking on them to help keep tui chub in check. A single tui chub was found in a trap net this past fall, and biologists know all too well their life history of explosive population growth in Diamond Lake. “We know what chub are capable of in Diamond Lake, and we are working with our partners to get ahead of the curve. We looked at many options, and tiger trout came out on top,” says Greg Huchko, Umpqua District Fish Biologist. “We wanted to stock a mix of brown and tiger trout, but only tigers are available this year. We will be looking into sterile brown trout for next year in addition to tiger trout.” …..
The cost of illegal fish introductions and invasive species has already been great…… Guest Commentary: Jim Williams, Supervisor, Montana Fish Wildlife & Parks; Chip Weber, Supervisor, Flathead National Forest; Jeff Mow, Superintendent, Glacier National Park; Tom McDonald, Fish, Wildlife, Recreation and Conservation Division Manager, Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes; Steve Frye, Area Manager, Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation.

Council Considers More Money for Pike Removal: ‘An Alarming Increase In Pike Abundance’ (1/15/16)<http://www.cbbulletin.com/435860.aspx>
Two projects that are under review by the Budget Oversight Group, known as BOG, will go before the Northwest Power and Conservation Council for funding approval at the Council’s meeting in February. One of the projects would add about an additional 5 percent to a project to remove Northern Pike from Lake Roosevelt. According to the project request, the non-native rapacious predator has been found with “increasing frequency in Lake Roosevelt since 2009.” .............

NWPCC: Can We Measure Impact of Predator Management Actions Intended To Protect ESA-Listed Salmon/Steelhead (1/15/16)<http://www.cbbulletin.com/435861.aspx>
……The decision was made this week at its meeting in Portland. Removed from a draft letter was a much more comprehensive request to the ISAB that included a complete review of the effectiveness of predator management programs in the basin. Those programs and management options include predatory fish (pike minnow, Northern Pike, smallmouth bass), birds (cormorants, gulls and terns) and marine mammals, particularly seals and sea lions……….


AQUACULTURE

Senator Murkowski: “Voluntary Labeling of GE Salmon is Not Adequate” (1/12/16)<http://www.murkowski.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/pressreleases?ContentRecord_id=ee9cdd89-a3c0-4151-abe4-b610d0939fb6>


U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) continued her fight against genetically engineered (GE) salmon by announcing in the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee that she would block confirmation proceedings of the nominee to be FDA Commissioner, Dr. Robert Califf, on the Senate floor if her concerns are not resolved. Murkowski made clear that she intends to block Dr. Califf’s confirmation until she receives assurance from the FDA that it will require mandatory labeling of GE salmon as it becomes available for human consumption….



Murkowski Continues Fight Against Frankenfish, Moves to Block FDA Commissioner Nominee<http://www.murkowski.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/pressreleases?ContentRecord_id=ee9cdd89-a3c0-4151-abe4-b610d0939fb6>

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) continued her fight against genetically engineered (GE) salmon by announcing in the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee that she would block confirmation proceedings of the nominee to be FDA Commissioner, Dr. ....... [MORE]<http://www.murkowski.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/pressreleases?ContentRecord_id=ee9cdd89-a3c0-4151-abe4-b610d0939fb6>


NOAA Expands Opportunities for U.S. Aquaculture (1/11/16)<http://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/stories/2016/01/offshore_aq_rule.html>

On January 11, NOAA published a final rule<https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2016/01/13/2016-00147/fisheries-of-the-caribbean-gulf-and-south-atlantic-aquaculture> implementing our nation’s first regional regulatory program for offshore aquaculture in federal waters. In doing so, NOAA is expanding opportunities for U.S. seafood farming in the open ocean. NOAA and our partners are working to advance and expand U.S. aquaculture, as a complement to wild harvests, to keep our fisheries sustainable and resilient to growing demand. The new rule took into account thousands of public comments and authorizes NOAA Fisheries to issue permits for an initial period of 10 years for growing species such as red drum, cobia, and almaco jack in federal waters in the Gulf….

Related Story: US offshore plan faces legal challenge (1/19/16)<http://www.fishupdate.com/us-offshore-plan-faces-legal-challenge/>



A recent paper<http://virologyj.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12985-015-0459-1?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter> published in Virology Journal, which claims to have found infectious salmon anaemia virus (ISAv), for the first time ever, in British Columbia salmon, has caused outrage for its shoddy methodology and has been labelled a blatant exercise in scaremongering by both Canada’s salmon farming and scientific communities….


Mariculture-induced introduction of cobia Rachycentron canadum, a large predatory fish, in the Tropical Eastern Pacific (1/22/16)<http://www.reabic.net/journals/bir/2016/Accepted.aspx>

The cobia Rachycentron canadum is a highly valued fish by aquaculture producers and anglers. In spite of its wide-ranging distribution in tropical and subtropical seas, this species was absent in the Tropical Eastern Pacific until recently. In 2013 the government of Ecuador allowed the cultivation of cobia in offshore cages and in April 2015 three cages were deployed in Ecuadorian waters of the Pacific Ocean (Jaramijó, Manabí). Cobias escaped from one of these cages in August 2015 and we present the first report of R. canadum in the Colombian Pacific coast, ca. 600 km from the Ecuadorian escape locality. This is the first report of its occurrence for the entire Tropical Eastern Pacific biogeographical region. Given its predatory nature, it is to investigate the potential ecological and socio-economic consequences of the introduction of the cobia in the region.

OTHER


…… the lab will start testing with a small unmanned submarine that will take water quality and eDNA samples and process them in real time inside the vehicle and beam the results back to shore. Luikart also received funding to start design on another sampler that will sit in place at heavily used sites to take samples over time to monitor for invasive species…..


Potential problems of removing one invasive species at a time: Interactions between invasive vertebrates and unexpected effects of removal programs (1/15/16)<https://peerj.com/preprints/1651.pdf>

…We used a literature search and meta-analysis to assess current understanding of how the removal of one invasive vertebrate affects native biodiversity relative to when two invasives are present…..


AK: Birds are returning to a rodent-free island formerly known as Rat (1/15/16)<https://www.adn.com/article/20160115/birds-are-returning-rodent-free-island-formerly-known-rat>

On the island formerly known as Rat, the rats are gone and the birds are back. So says a study<http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10530-015-1042-9> by biologists that evaluated conditions at a remote Aleutian island five years after it was bombarded with rat-poison-laden pellets in one of the world’s most-watched rat-removal campaigns….

Sampling Design for Early Detection of Aquatic Invasive Species in Great Lakes Ports (1/12/16)<http://fisheries.org/2016/01/sampling-design-for-early-detection-of-aquatic-invasive-species-in-great-lakes-ports/>

….Our pilot monitoring program with its adaptive cycle of assessment, refinement, and implementation provides a performance-based approach to increase AIS detection efficiency over the course of a survey and within practical re- source constraints….[Full Paper = $$$$]

WEEDS


…..How, then, to keep flowering rush from taking over other parts of Montana? With Peter Rice at the University of Montana, Dupuis is now trying to develop a method to eradicate the plant in small plots by applying herbicide during lower water in the spring. So far the growth has been reduced by 95 percent……



JOBS/POSITIONS/GRANTS

WDFW: Request for Qualifications and Quotations, Gap Analysis of State and Federal Ballast Water And Biofouling Vessel Management Regulations<http://www.washingtonbids.com/bid-opportunities/2016/01/13/6784989-Request-for-Qualifications-and-Quotations--Gap-Analysis-of-State-and-Federal-Ballast-Water-and-Biofouling-Vessel-Management-Regulations.html>

The purpose of this work is to assist the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) in its mission to protect the ecological, economic, and human health of Puget Sound by preventing the intentional or unintentional introduction of marine and nearshore  aquatic invasive species (AIS) through vessel-related ballast water and biofouling pathways that are under Washington State jurisdiction.

Expected Time Period For Contract:                          February 22, 2016 to June 15, 2016
Bidder Proposals Due (email only):                            February 5, 2016 by 4:00 p.m.

BC Ministry of Environment: Compliance and Enforcement Position with the Provincial Invasive Mussel Defence Program<http://bcinvasives.ca/documents/Job_Posting-_Invasive_Mussel_Defence_Program.pdf>

The Province has employment opportunities for the second year of its Invasive Mussel Defence Program, that has a particular focus on boater education and inspection along the eastern and southern entry points into B.C. Applicants with a diploma, certification or equivalent in a related discipline such as Natural Resource Protection, investigation and enforcement, or criminology will be given preference. Strong candidates with a Biology or Environmental Science will also be considered.



We're pleased to offer our Aquatic Research Equipment and Travel Grant for the sixth year in a row! Our grant is open to graduate students and senior undergraduates enrolled at a North American college or university who are studying marine or freshwater ecosystems, having a focus on microorganisms. Students whose research involves the study of marine or freshwater microbial systems are encouraged to apply for the use of a FlowCam to support their research. Proposals are due March 31, 2016.   Get the details here<http://info.fluidimaging.com/e1t/c/*W3Tzh3t3RSzDnW8nN2BG2vf69W0/*W3gQ77f83FbBQVfwhdW3Zzz9P0/5/f18dQhb0S1Xm28_NrPM1vjj8jk6bgW17hKjv23ylb6N3QzVYD9BLYPW3_h0Yz5dgbVNW8nZY6l8TXTkhW3pG9pr3fFHXVW27VpGb28dx0CW4bBMXh7Pft3kW9lNvYJ5lTV1wW2qGDLb3PVc3HW6lFD426-Kd1FVqBJxW42slN8W101_fN3x9_zgW2mwg3g8pn3szVC5wGx5b-_7YN3D_2XwrTNcdW1KZq3256Fb3KV3sMG_6pyPBcW722jZd4jDX29W7Gxlbp17KwPDVxt3Ns6sZp20VClLq88wgkv8W8XWXz-65qdFDW3RsDLl8lmL20VqftmW2wkjtHW5Z4sbD63kg8nW6g_CNv8_3mN6N6qWNXNB_tMhW3Y1VlK76rh1sW43JpxM5sBL3MW6jYnWq5Ym8nbW5_5khL55GzT5W3K8qJ36GLdMkW4rFhWH2yrwmGW9lCRQn972Tc0W5cMfY_6p1QW4W8LPX9r4Qbk5_W1WSrZd73VNpVW2HVLbp29yXY3W4C5zJ195gtswW2LtN9P6ZmpGkW6WNPr57TVP5tN8x5Vgbr6Mfsf3G_xsq11>

TRAININGS/WEBINARS

Invasive Species Webinars During National Invasive Species Awareness Week<http://www.nisaw.org/meetings/2016/2016-webinar/>

Monday, February 22, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EST: Let’s take a hack at hack and squirt individual plant treatments<https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/226392015249571330>

Tuesday, February 23, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EST: Volunteers Make a Difference in an Early Detection Rapid Response Citizen Science Program<https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7109241346639031042>

Wednesday, February 24, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EST: Protecting the Sierra Nevada from Invasive Plants: Incorporating Climate Adaptation into Wildland Weed Management<https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1005996336877726722>

Thursday, February 25, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EST: Weed Wrangle:  A Template for Engaging Local Communities through Citywide Invasive Plant Events<https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5339156268780177666>

Archived Invasive Mussel Collaborative webinar: Case Studies in Zebra and Quagga Mussel Control for Inland Waterbodies (1/11/16)<http://www.invasivemusselcollaborative.net/resources.html>

Presenters:
Brian VanZee, Texas Parks and Wildlife
Ray Fernald and Brian Watson, Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries Keegan Lund and Kylie Cattoor, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

The entire webinar is now available online at:  View the webinar recording<https://youtu.be/OXLTYjg9VlY>


FEDERAL/STATE/PROVINCIAL
LEGISLATION, ACTIONS

Feinstein Releases Discussion Draft of California Drought Relief Bill (1/21/16)<http://www.feinstein.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/press-releases?ID=F5E9B55A-0A7B-45A5-88B0-409419F9A921>


Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) released new draft legislation addressing California's ongoing drought, saying it represents the best possible compromise among the state's warring water factions. The 91-page discussion draft<http://www.feinstein.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?a=files.serve&File_id=0B1B2570-F99B-4BCF-9F2A-5A652BF7444A> is aimed both at maximizing short-term water deliveries during the current El Niño storms and at increasing water supply long term through boosting water storage, desalination, water recycling and other projects.

Included in the bill is the following (see page 54 of draft bill for full invasive text):

(b) Establishment.—The Secretary of Commerce, acting through the 29 Assistant Administrator of the National Marine Fisheries Service, and the 30 districts, in consultation with the Director of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, shall jointly establish and conduct a nonnative predator research and pilot fish removal program to study the effects of removing from the Stanislaus River—

(1) nonnative striped bass, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, black bass; and
(2) other nonnative predator fish species.


Democrats and Republicans found a rare subject they could agree on Wednesday: Lake Tahoe and surrounding land is worth improving and protecting. The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee easily passed the Lake Tahoe Restoration Act of 2015 (S.1724<https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/114/s1724>) by voice vote and sent it to the full Senate. The bill authorizes $415 million in federal funds over 10 years to improve the clarity of the lake, reduce the potential for severe forest fires on the surrounding land, and prevent the spread of invasive species. This bill provides $45 million to prevent the introduction of the quagga mussel and manage other harmful invasive species like the Asian clam, and includes lake-wide aquatic invasive species control and funding for Tahoe’s watercraft <http://tahoeboatinspections.com/> inspection program<http://tahoeboatinspections.com/>.

Note: The House version of the legislation, H.R. 3382<https://www.congress.gov/114/bills/hr3382/BILLS-114hr3382ih.pdf>, has garnered some controversy as a bill to promote tree thinning and other wildfire suppression policies. H.R. 3382 includes the following language for invasive species management/watercraft inspection:

“(1) IN GENERAL.—Of the amounts appropriated for a fiscal year pursuant to the authorization of appropriations in subsection (a) of section 12, as amended by section 8 of the Lake Tahoe Restoration Act of 2015, not less than $800,000 shall be transferred to the Director of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service for the Aquatic Invasive Species Program and for the watercraft inspections and decontaminations described in paragraph (2).

Related Story: Tahoe Restoration Act Passes Committee (1/20/16)<http://www.kolotv.com/content/news/Tahoe-Restoration-Act-Passes-Committee-365954331.html>



Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Act of 2015 Out of Committee<https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/114/s1024>

On 1/20/16 the Senate - Environment and Public Works committee passed the "Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Act of 2015 (S. 1024<https://www.congress.gov/114/bills/s1024/BILLS-114s1024is.pdf>). This bill amends the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (commonly known as the Clean Water Act) to authorize the Environmental Protection Agency's Great Lakes Restoration Initiative for FY2016-FY2020. The Initiative must prioritize and carry out programs and projects for Great Lakes protection and restoration, including:

(1) the remediation of toxic substances and areas of concern;
(2) the prevention and control of invasive species and their impacts;
(3) the protection and restoration of near-shore health and the prevention and mitigation of nonpoint source pollution (water pollution that comes from many diffuse sources, such as pollution on the ground picked up by rain or snow); and
(4) habitat and wildlife protection and restoration.

Funding made available to implement the Initiative may not be used for any water infrastructure activity (other than a green infrastructure project that improves habitat and other ecosystem functions in the Great Lakes) for which funding is made available under the clean water or drinking water state revolving fund program. Federal agencies must maintain the base level of funding for their Great Lakes activities without regard to funding under the Initiative and identify new activities to support the environmental goals of the Initiative. [Note: The initiative received $300 million in last December's omnibus spending package<http://docs.house.gov/billsthisweek/20151214/CPRT-114-HPRT-RU00-SAHR2029-AMNT1final.pdf>, $50 million more than the president committed last February in his annual budget request.]


Alaska Legislature: House Bill will prohibit the sale of genetically modified fish (1/19/16)<http://akdemocrats.org/rep_tarr/2016/01/19/news-representative-tarr-introduces-legislation-to-protect-wild-alaska-salmon/>

JUNEAU – Today, Representative Geran Tarr (D-Anchorage) introduced legislation aimed at protecting wild Alaska salmon and thriving, sustainable fisheries.  House Bill 258 will prohibit the sale of genetically modified fish, dubbed “Frankenfish,” in the state of Alaska.  House Joint Resolution 28 denounces the U.S. Food and Drug administration’s recent approval of AquaBounty’s AquAdvantage genetically engineered salmon.  This is the first time a genetically modified animal has been approved by the FDA for human consumption…..

Listing Salamanders as Injurious  Due to Risk of Salamander Chytrid Fungus (January 12, 2016)<http://www.fws.gov/injuriouswildlife/salamanders.html>

To help prevent a deadly fungus from killing native salamanders, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is publishing an interim rule tomorrow to list 201 salamander species as injurious wildlife under the Lacey Act. The fungus Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans, also known as Bsal or salamander chytrid, is carried on the skin of various salamander species. Bsal has caused major die-offs of salamanders in Europe and poses an imminent threat to U.S. native salamander populations. The fungus is not yet known to be found in the United States, and to help ensure it remains that way, the Service is publishing an interim rule that will take effect on January 28, 2016. At that time, the importation and interstate transportation of the listed species will be prohibited. The rule also opens a 60-day public comment period (please see the rule in the Federal Register for instructions on how to submit a public comment).

News Release<http://www.fws.gov/injuriouswildlife/pdf_files/Bsal_News_Release_F.pdf> “Service Lists 201 Salamander Species as Injurious to Help Keep Lethal Fungus Out of U.S." January 12, 2016

Interim rule<http://www.fws.gov/policy/library/2016/2016-00452.pdf> (pdf) in Federal Register on January 13, 2016

Please see the first page of the Interim Rule for instructions on how to submit public comments. The comment period ends on March 14, 2016.


Related Story: USGS Report: Invasive Amphibian Fungus Could Threaten US Salamander Populations     <http://www.cbbulletin.com/435903.aspx>


MEETINGS


JANUARY


Idaho Noxious Weed Conference<http://www.idahoweedcontrol.org/weedconference.html>:  January 27-28th.  Boise.


FEBRUARY
Infocast's 3rd Ballast Water Management Summit Long Beach, CA, February 09-11, 2016 | Long Beach Marriott | Long Beach, CA<http://www.infocastinc.com/events/ballast-water-management/registration>
INVASIVES 2016: Invasive ​Species ​Council ​of ​BC's ​Public ​Forum ​& ​AGM,<http://bcinvasives.ca/news-events/events/invasives-2016-iscbcs-forum-agm> will be  held Feb. 2-3, 2016 at the Pacific Gateway Hotel in Richmond, BC. ​Everyone welcome! Enjoy ​two ​action-filled ​days ​of ​learning, ​networking ​and ​ sharing ​with ​colleagues ​from ​across ​North ​America. REGISTER<https://www.regonline.com/builder/site/?eventid=1682557>.
National Invasive Species Awareness Week 2016: Save The Date! February 21 – 27, 2016. Check www.nisaw.org<http://www.nisaw.org> for the NISAW Toolkit for planning local events and the NISAW Event Locator – as well as more specific dates, details, event schedules, complete lists of partners and further developments and other potential events in Washington, DC!.
MARCH
The next meeting of the Idaho Invasive Species Council is scheduled for March 16th, 2016 at the Idaho State Department of Agriculture headquarters in Boise. Topics to be discussed will include:
•         Watercraft inspection program summary for 2015 and operation plans for 2016.
•         Hydrilla EDRR update.
•         New invasive species / noxious weed outreach efforts.
•         Invasive insect pest program update.
•         Strategic Plan evaluation.
•         Partner updates.
For further information contact Thomas E. Woolf Thomas.Woolf@ISDA.IDAHO.GOV<mailto:Thomas.Woolf@ISDA.IDAHO.GOV>

International Maritime Organization (IMO) GloBallast R&D Forum and Exhibition on Ballast Water Management will be held from 16-18 March 2016. Conference website: http://www.ballast2016.com/.
The International Control of Invasive Aquatic Vegetation for the Upper Columbia River System Cooperative Weed Management Area (CWMA) annual meeting is scheduled for March 24, from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., and will be held at the Confluence Technology Center in Wenatchee.  For further Information contact Joan Mason jmason@co.okanogan.wa.us<mailto:jmason@co.okanogan.wa.us>

APRIL

ICAIS: 19th International Conference on Aquatic Invasive Species<http://www.icais.org/> Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada; April 10-14, 2016. Early Registration -- February 19, 2016.

MAY
The Aquatic Ecosystem Health and Management Society<http://conferences.aehms.org/mfis-argentina/> Marine & Freshwater Invasive Species Ecology, Impact and Management, Buenos Aires, Argentina, May 2-4, 2016.

14th Ballast Water Management Conference:<http://www.wplgroup.com/aci/event/ballast-water-management-summit-usa/> Date: 4th May 2016 - 5th May 2016 Location: Baltimore - MD - USA

100th Meridian Initiative’s Columbia River Basin Team:  May 24 & 25, Spokane, Washington.

JULY

PNWER<http://www.pnwer.org/> 26th Annual Summit – July 17-21 Calgary


OCTOBER


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2016 issue of WILDLAND WEEDS

The Winter 2016 issue of WILDLAND WEEDS has been produced by new editor Mr. Ruark "Rook" Cleary. The issue is attached and you may also view it on the SE-EPPC and EPPC chapter websites. Please feel free to share the issue widely. There was a long hiatus while a new editor was found - the most recent issue prior to this one was Spring 2014. Please welcome Rook and please send articles. Rook may be contacted at Ruark.Cleary@MyFWC.com 



Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council (FLEPPC)

National Invasive Species Awareness Week

National Invasive Species Awareness Week
February 21-27, 2016 - Save the Date! NISAW Fair/reception in room B-354 of the Rayburn House Office building, Washington DC, from 4 pm-7pm, February 25
National Invasive Species Awareness Week is a great time to get started on management and control of invasive species. Start by constructing a management plan or meeting with a committee to implement the control. Take time to plan an event or join a working group with the same goals as you on controlling invasives. Talk with a representative to encourage more funds and research for fighting these species that are rapidly invading our forests and parks.

It is also a great time to learn about new invasives so you can hit the ground running this spring. A new invasive of concern to our region is the wavyleaf basketgrass (Oplismenus undulatifolius)……WLBG has been found too difficult to control in the Mid-Atlantic region by cut, pull, and spray. It is the species most in need of biological control research in our region. (Now that Japanese Stiltgrass is already being researched by the $50,000 USFS grant). We can also facilitate biocontrol research on Fig Buttercup/Lesser Celandine. We will have a table at the congressional reception, with the annual NISAW fair, on Feb 25. Please come and join us at the table if you can. Please send handouts, including items on invasive species control important for your locations to present at our table.  Congressional staff and other guests will be invited to arrive at 4pm to interact with exhibitors, and around 4:30 pm the food will begin to be served.  The program will begin at 5 pm and continue to about 6 pm, and the reception will continue until 7 pm.  At 7 pm, exhibitors will be asked to pack up their exhibits, and we have to vacate the room by 8pm.  Congressional staff really like hands-on exhibits, so all exhibitors should try to be creative in that regard. Realize that most of the Congressional staff attending were likely government majors in college, so select and tailor your materials to effectively educate non-biologists.

Damien P. Ossi,
Chair of the board of the Mid-Atlantic-Invasive Plant Council
Wildlife Biologist
Fisheries and Wildlife Division
Department of Energy & Environment
Government of the District of Columbia
1200 First Street NE, 5th Floor
Washington, DC 20002
Desk: (202) 741-0840

Susan Parker
Agricultural Pest Survey Programs Specialist
West Virginia Department of Agriculture
PO Box 9 New Creek WV 26743
Office (304) 788-1066
Call (304) 813-1738
Fax (304) 788-9011

Marc Imlay, PhD, Chair, MAIPC Biological control working Group Conservation biologist,
Park Ranger Office, Non-native Invasive Plant Control coordinator. Marc.Imlay@pgparks.com
(301) 442-5657 cell  Natural and Historical Resources Division
The  Maryland-National   Capital   Park  and Planning Commission

Scott J. Cameron                                                 
President
Reduce Risks from Invasive Species Coalition

RRISC is a 501(c)(3) Tax Deductible Charitable Organization


Invasive Species Webinars

2016

Invasive Species Webinars

Monday, February 22 - Thursday, February 25

3 pm EST


Hosted by:

naipc

See www.nisaw.org for more information on the weeks events


http://www.nisaw.org/meetings/2016/2016-webinar/

Cal-IPC's 25th Symposium

Hope you can join us this November!


Bringing California's land management community together for 25 years!
1992 - Morro Bay
1993 - Westlake Village
1994 - Sacramento
1995 - Asilomar
1996 - San Diego
1997 - Concord
1998 - Ontario
1999 - Sacramento
2000 - Concord
2001 - San Diego
2002 - Sacramento
2003 - Kings Beach
2004 - Ventura
2005 - Chico
2006 - Rohnert Park
2007 - San Diego
2008 - Chico
2009 - Visalia
2010 - Ventura
2011 - Tahoe City
2012 - Rohnert Park
2013 - Lake Arrowhead
2014 - Chico
2015 - San Diego
2016 - Fish Camp




Cal-IPC's 25th Symposium    


Come celebrate with your colleagues in the land management community!

 November 2-5, 2016
Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite
Special sessions will focus on park stewardship in honor of the National Park Service's Centennial. How can invasive plant control happen in designated wilderness areas? How does weed work integrate with fire management and cultural resource protection? And we'll have talks and posters on the latest in research and management approaches, discussion groups on hot topics, trainings to help you do your work better, and the opportunity to learn from the amazing network of land stewards in California. Stay tuned for more details to come on program, registration, sponsorship and lodging!