Friday, February 26, 2016

NISAW and Rep. from HI calls for Invasive species action nationwide

Washington, DC—In recognition of National Invasive Species Awareness Week, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) spoke on the House Floor today to highlight the harmful impacts of invasive species in HawaiĘ»i and across the country. The congresswoman encouraged lawmakers to cosponsor and pass the Areawide Integrated Pest Management Act (H.R. 3893), legislation that she introduced in November 2015<> to support long-term and sustainable solutions to fight invasive species.

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

Climate Change Adaptation and Natural Areas Management: Turning Words To Action.


The annual Natural Areas Conference is one of the nation’s premier gatherings of conservation and resource management professionals, educators and scientists, and the annual gathering of Natural Area Association members.

Climate change is the greatest challenge facing conservation professionals. This event will feature strategies and tactics that resource and natural areas managers can employ to prepare for and respond to climate change on the ground, and explore themes such as connecting ecological restoration and adaptation, assisted migration, tree planting, prescribed fire and wildland fire use, native plant materials, meadow and stream restoration, pollinators, and carbon and biomass markets.

Call for Papers & Posters
We are inviting submission of oral presentations (20 minutes max, PowerPoint only), poster presentations (poster session will be Tuesday, Oct. 18 from 6 to 8 p.m.  w/ posters no larger than 4 × 4 ft.), and student presentations (enroll during the abstract submission process) on these topics related to the overall conference theme, Climate Change Adaptation and Natural Areas Management: Turning Words To Action. All presenters must register for the Conference. Abstracts are due by May 2.
we offer special registration rates and the opportunity to room share at the conference. You can also enter the presentation competition for cash prizes, and contact Jodi Vandermyde about applying for John W. Humke Student Scholarship.

Be a Sponsor for the Natural Areas Conference

The Natural Areas Conference is the most significant annual gathering of natural resource practitioners in the U.S., with a regular attendance of 350-400.

By taking advantage of our sponsorship opportunities, you can demonstrate your commitment to natural areas professionals as well as showcase your activities, services and products to your target audience, all while building relationships and supporting our critical mission. Find out more about our sponsorship opportunities here or contact
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Davis, California

This year's conference will be in Davis, California at the University of California, Davis campus conference center.

UC Davis is the nation's top agricultural university, one of the finest ecological research institutions in the world, and features a 100-acre on-campus Arboretum.

The City of Davis is a leader in urban sustainability and progressive city planning, and calls itself the most bicycle-friendly town in the world. It is only an hour from San Francisco, Napa Valley and the Sierra Nevada.

  • U.S. Forest Service
  • UC Davis
  • Bureau of Land Management
  • CalFire
  • The Nature Conservancy - California
  • Southwest Climate Science Center
  • California Landscape Conservation Cooperative
  • Cleveland Museum of Natural History
  • Western Wildland Environmental Threat Assessment Center
  • U.S.D.A. Climate Hub
  • Sierra Nevada Conservancy

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Thursday, February 25, 2016

Workshops in 2016: Citizen Science EDRR Training Sessions

Greetings All,
The PNW IPC is excited to announce our schedule for our invasive plant identification and reporting training sessions for 2016. Please join our Citizen Science reporting effort in WA and OR. For a snapshot of the program please read below the training session schedule and for further information please see our 2014-2015 biennial report linked from our website here:


Workshops in 2016: Citizen Science EDRR Training Sessions: ***Capacity will be limited , so if you would like to attend one of these free trainings, please RSVP to Julie Combs at (or call 615-812-5295) to reserve your place!  Participants may receive WDSA or ODA pesticide license re-certification credits (2 credits) pending approval.
1.      Cle Elum, WA         Wednesday, April 6th, 1:00pm-3:30pm
Address: Cle Elum Ranger District, Tom Craven Conference Room, 803 W 2nd St., Cle Elum, WA 98922; Enter at the rear parking lot behind the main Forest Service building on Douglas Monro Blvd. (rt. 4517) and head towards the large gravel parking lot on the left.  The Tom Craven Conference room entrance is located on the north end of the parking lot. Hosted by: Marc Eylar, Kittitas Co. Noxious Weed Board and Helen Lau USFS Botanist
2.      Port Angeles, WA       Thursday, April 7, 2016; 1:00pm - 3:30pm
Address: Port Angeles Public Library, 2210 South Peabody Street, Port Angeles, WA 98362; Enter from the parking lot on the south side of the building and go to the Carver Room. There is ample free parking south of the building. Hosted by: Janet Coles, Olympic National Park, Vegetation Branch Chief
Tacoma, WA   Wednesday, April 13th; 1:00pm-3:30pm
Address: Tacoma Nature Center, 1919 S. Tyler Street, Tacoma WA 98405. Located at the intersection of S. Tyler Street and 19th Street; entrance into the parking lot is on Tyler Street across from Foss High School.  Parking is limited, we encourage carpooling. Please enter the Center at the main front entrance; you will find the Auditorium on the lobby level, to the right, next to the restrooms. Hosted by: Deborah Ringler, Pierce Co. Noxious Weed Board / Bill Brookreson, WNPS South Sound Chapter 
4.    Olympia, WA       Thursday, April 14th; 1:00 pm-3:30pm
Address: LOTT Clean Water Alliance Center; 500 Adams Street NE, Olympia, WA; Specific location of training will be sent to participants who sign up for the trainings. Free is limited but ample street meter parking is available. General location information can be found at Hosted by: Will Arnesen, Olympic National Forest Service Botanist 
5.      Bellingham, WA        Wednesday, April  21st; 1:00 pm-3:30pm
Address: Whatcom County Noxious Weed Control Board, 322 N. Commercial St., Suite 110, Bellingham WA  98225. The training will be held in the Civic Center Garden Level Meeting Room located at street level on the corner of Commercial & Lottie Streets across from the Bellingham Library & City Hall.  There is street side metered parking but free parking space may be available two blocks away, across from the Bellingham Senior Center at Halleck & New Streets. Park in any spaces NOT labeled “Senior Center Parking.” Hosted by: Laurel Baldwin, Whatcom Co. Noxious Weed Board and Jonathane Schmitt USFS
6.      Sandy, OR           Wednesday, April 27th; 1:00pm-3:30pm
Address: Sandy Community Center, 38348 Pioneer Blvd, Sandy, OR 97055 Entering Sandy from the west on Highway 26, proceed east (past the Mt. Hood National Forest Headquarters on your right) through the first three stoplights/intersections (past the Safeway on your left) to the 4th stoplight (Bluff Road).  The community center is 100-150 ft. past the light on the right (across from Walgreen’s Pharmacy). Auditorium is on the second floor. Parking is available along the side and at the back of the building. Hosted by: David Lebo, Westside Zone Botanist, Mt. Hood National Forest; Sam Leininger, Clackamas County Soil and Water Conservation District and the Columbia Gorge CWMA
Vancouver, WA     Wednesday, April 28th; 9:30am-12:00pm
Address:  Fort Vancouver, Pearson Air Museum, 1115 E 5th Street, Vancouver, WA 98661. Access is through the Air Museum, in the Tex Rankin room. Hosted by: Carol Chandler, Wildlife Biologist, Gifford Pinchot National Forest; Emily Stevenson, Skamania Noxious Weed Board, Columbia Gorge CWMA                                                                                                         
8.      Naches, WA              Thursday, May 12th; 1:00pm-3:30pm
Address: USFS Naches Ranger Station, 10237 U.S. Highway 12, Naches, WA 98937Enter through the BACK door of the building. Free parking is available in the back near the back door. Hosted by: Jodi Leingang, USFS Tapash CFLR Coordinator/Planning, Range, Invasives, Botany Staff
9.   Seattle, WA      Monday, May 16th, 12:30pm-3:30pm 
Address: Center for Urban Horticulture, UW Botanic Gardens in the Douglas Research Conservatory, 3501 NE 41st St., Seattle, 98105. Parking is free in the E16 parking lot just outside the Douglas Research Conservatory. Light snacks will be provided but please bring a sack lunch if you like.  Hosted by: Sasha Shaw, King County Noxious Weed Control Program; Jonathane Schmitt USFS and Katie Woolsey Department of Natural Resources. This is a joint training for the Upper Snoqualmie/Alpine Lakes Wilderness Weed Watchers and the PNW IPC EDRR program.
Hope to see you there!

About the Program
The Pacific Northwest Invasive Plant Council (PNW IPC) is a non-profit conservation organization ( working in partnership with National Forests and Parks, Washington Dept. of Agriculture (WSDA), Department of Natural Resources (DNR), county noxious weed programs, and other local groups on a Citizen Science EDRR (Early Detection Rapid Response) program. With funding from the National Forest Foundation, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, the WSDA and others we are gearing up for our fifth year to search for priority and newly emerging invasive plants in our National Forests, National Parks and other public lands. We are excited to recruit new volunteers and inspire our current volunteer base to search for invasive plant populations. We have identified specific focal areas to survey for invasive on National Forests and Parks, DNR and other state land but there is a great need to document emerging invasive populations on all public lands. If you are recreating and/or working on public lands and are interested in participating in our program and/or would like to learn more about invasive plants you are invited to attend one of our upcoming trainings.  

Citizen Science EDRR Volunteer Training
Our mission is to train citizens to identify a suite of invasive plants in a 2.5 hour free training where you will learn how to identify priority invasive species, how to record basic data and how to report findings on EDDMapSWest, a national early detection reporting system.  Participants learn plant identification through a PowerPoint presentation, herbarium sheet specimens and live material. Participants also learn methods of manual removal and which species you should not attempt to remove. Trainings will equip volunteers with the knowledge necessary to conduct invasive plant surveys in order to support local land managers that need your help. Your efforts will directly support the maintenance of heathy ecosystems. Volunteers will receive an invasive plant identification booklet along with survey forms. We ask that volunteers who sign up conduct 1-2 surveys over the field season.

Julie K. Combs, Ph.D.
PNW Invasive Plant Council
EDRR Citizen Science Program Director
University of Washington, Botanic Gardens
Box 354115
Seattle, WA 98195
(615) 812-5295

Clean Drain Dry Initiative™. Celebrating 10 years of invasive species outreach and education

For Immediate Release
February 23, 2016
Contact: Pat Conzemius
 Clean Drain Dry Celebrates 10 Years

Brooklyn Center, MN – To spotlight Invasive Species Awareness Week, Wildlife Forever would like to recognize the national coalition of partners with the Clean Drain Dry Initiative™. Celebrating 10 years of invasive species outreach and education to America’s outdoor recreational users, campaign efforts target hunters, anglers, boaters and others to prevent the spread of invasive species. Through contributions made by state, federal and private partners, nearly two billion multi-media impressions have been made reinforcing best practices.

“Together we’ve made tremendous strides over the past decade to elevate awareness of invasive species and in bringing this critical conservation issue to mainstream America,” said Pat Conzemius, Conservation Director for Wildlife Forever.

Since 2006, Wildlife Forever and partners have worked together to educate the outdoor public in changing behavior to stop the spread of invasive species. Through targeted marketing of best management practices, Clean Drain Dry instills a conservation ethic all outdoor enthusiasts follow. Campaign efforts include outreach utilizing highway billboards, advertisements and how-to information on hunting and fishing television shows, plus reminders at boat ramps and in local media.

The Clean Drain Dry Initiative™ is the national campaign to educate all outdoor recreational users on how to prevent the spread of invasive species. Working with local, state, federal and the outdoor industry, coordinated invasive species messaging focuses on strategic content,  marketing communications and outreach tools on how to prevent. To learn how you can participate, contact:  Pat Conzemius:<> or visit<>.

About Wildlife Forever (WF): Wildlife Forever’s mission is to conserve America's wildlife heritage through conservation education, preservation of habitat and management of fish and wildlife.  For over 27 years, WF members have helped to conduct thousands of fish, game and habitat conservation projects across the country. To join or learn more about the award-winning programs, including work to engage America’s youth, visit<>



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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Invasive Species Cook-off 2016


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Invasive Species Cook-off 2016
Saturday August 27, 2016, 4:30-8:30 pm
Benton County Fairgrounds, Corvallis, Oregon

The 2016 IAE Invasive Species Cook-Off will be here before we know it, so please mark your calendars for this super fun chance to put Eradication-By-Mastication where your mouth is!

Come join us!  Once again, YOU are the chef. Try your hand at the cook-off contest with invasive species dishes like dandelion salad, barbecued nutria, blackberry pie, crayfish dip, bullfrog legs or whatever strikes your fancy...

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There are FOUR competition categories this year:
1) Savory vegetarian
2) Savory meat
3) Dessert
4) Beverage (NEW)
Calling all home brewers, wine makers and herbalists!

AND we're giving a FREE limited-edition pint glass to the first 100 people who reserve their space!  
Reservations open May 1st.

Please Save The Date 
for this fun event with live music, family-friendly activities, roasted pig, cook-off contest and potluck, raffle with great prizes, local beverages, and great people! It's free to attend, with a suggested donation of $10 - $50. For event info, click hereStay tuned for raffle prize info and the 2016 Entry Form.


Need some dish ideas?  Check out They’re Cooked, IAE's own Invasive Species Cookbook for some proven recipes for invasive species dishes.

Check out the Cook-Off on OPB's Oregon Field Guide segment here.
See you Saturday, August 27th, 2016!


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Our Mission: Conservation of native species and ecosystems through restoration, research and education.
Our Dynamic Board of Directors: Steve Smith (President), Deborah Clark (Vice-President), Joan Seevers (Immediate past President), Laurie Halsey (Secretary), Todd Yee (Treasurer), Tremaine Arkley, Ken Bierly, Sarah Greene, Bob Hansen, Brandy Humphreys, Carol Savonen, and Cary Stephens.

Webinar- "Decision Support for Conservation Assessment and Planning in a Landscape Context"

"Decision Support for Conservation Assessment and Planning in a Landscape Context"
Wednesday, February 24, 2016 (1:00 PM - 2:00 PM ET)

The next presentation in the DoD Natural Resources webinar series will feature Dr. Patrick Crist with NatureServe.  NatureServe worked with Eglin Air Force Base, among other installations, to demonstrate the use of a free ArcGIS extension called NatureServe Vista. Vista supports scenario-based cumulative effects assessments and landscape or site-based management planning to support biodiversity and the installation mission. This presentation will provide an overview of the Vista tool and a live demonstration of the Eglin project.

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:

If you are unable to join the webinar, we will post a recording on the NR Program web portal under the NR Program Webinar Series Presentations header at:

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