Wednesday, March 30, 2016

DoD NR Webinar Series: Herpetofauna Biodiversity on Air Force Lands Follow-up


Thank you to everyone who participated in yesterday's webinar on "Herpetofauna Biodiversity on Air Force Lands."  For those who were unable to attend, the webinar slides and recording are available on the NR Program web portal under the NR Program Webinar Series Presentations header at:

For additional information on the DoD PARC herpetofauna biodiversity inventory and analysis contact Rob Lovich (, Chris Petersen ( , or Kevin Porteck (

Taylor Phillips
DoD Natural Resources Program,

Twitter: @DoDNatRes

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Cogongrass Training Event - Scotland County NC

Hello Colleagues,

A new site of cogongrass (Imperata cylindrica) – a State and Federal noxious weed - was recently discovered in North Carolina.  This is the 4th site; the other 3 sites have been eradicated to the best of our knowledge.  You are invited to attend a training session to view the site, view the plant in flower, and discuss control options with experts.

When: Thursday June 2, 2016 from 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Where: Marston, NC (Scotland County)

Although we are still working on the details, we plan to apply for pesticide credits.  You will be emailed through Eventbrite with updates as the schedule comes together.

This training session is co-hosted by the NC Department of Agriculture (Plant Industry Division) and the NC Forest Service.

For more information, and to register for the event please visit the following website.

Registration for the event is free, but encouraged so that we can adequately provide for attendees.  Please register here:

Although I know that all of you are not going to be able to make this session due to the location, I did want to take this time to remind you to be looking for this plant while you are out doing field work.  A link to the ID guide that we are using can be found here (  It is already flowering in South Georgia – but we don’t expect flowers for at least another month in NC.

Also, please share this announcement with anyone you think might be interested in attending. I apologize for any cross-postings and duplicate emails.

Thank you!

Bridget Lassiter, PhD
Weed Specialist, Plant Industry Division
N.C. Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services
1060 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-1060
(919) 707-3749

E-mail correspondence to and from this address may be subject to the North Carolina Public Records Law and may be disclosed to third parties.

RRISC Awards Nominations Reminder

Reduce Risks from Invasive Species Coalition


Each year, RRISC recognizes legislators, state and local government agencies, nonprofits, and businesses for their achievements in addressing invasive species issues nationwide. Awardees in various categories are celebrated at our annual Congressional Reception and Awards Program on Capitol Hill in June. We are inviting you now to nominate a group or individual that you believe merits national recognition by completing the nomination form at the link below.  

Nomination Application
Please click below to view and complete the nomination form. We ask that you email your completed nomination to by April 1 so that we can manage a rigorous and timely selection process. 

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Western Invasive Weed Summit documents online

for a great summary report, answers to followup questions, and summit presentations.

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12201 Sunrise Valley Drive
Reston, Virginia  20192
703.648.4281 desk

Invasive species impacts much worse than thought

New research from U of Wisconsin makes the case that we vastly under estimate the cost of invasion.
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

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Online Course

The Best Management Practices for controlling the spread of invasive plants course is now available online.  Content can be viewed for free, or taken for continuing education units by registering.  Visit our website <> for this opportunity.
We are working on more of these self paced web course, and will announce them as they become available.

Gino Graziano
Invasive Plants Instructor
UAF Cooperative Extension Service
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An ounce of prevention policy is worth........ a pound of invasive species management​​

I have posted a new blog at  - this one discusses recent detections of Asian gypsy moth & European gypsy moth on the West Coast (Oregon & Washington) ... following years of high levels of ships being detected with moth eggs.


Lookout Mountain TN Weed Wrangle April 9th

If you are tired of the Kudzu, honeysuckle vine, bush honeysuckle, euonymous fortune and privet, which have invaded the side of our beautiful mountain and putting down roots in some areas within the town, come join the fight! 

From Susan Philips: The Garden Club of Lookout Mountain is launching a battle against invasive plants: Weedwrangle 2016 -- 9:00-12:00 April 9, at Point Park.

This is a state-wide project involving Memphis, Nashville, Knoxville and the City of Lookout Mountain. The Garden Club of Lookout Mountain is enthusiastically joining this ambitious effort as they partner with The Garden Club of America’s Partners for Plants program and Invasive Plant Control, Inc. to combat non-native plants. With the removal of invasive plants it is hopeful that our native plants will flourish.

The Lookout Mountain Conservancy, Lula Lake Land Trust, The Fairyland Club, The Lookout Mountain Golf Club and the Towns of Lookout Mountain Tennessee and Georgia, along with area schools will gather from 9:00-12:00 April 9, 2016 at historic Lookout Mountain Point Park to develop a plan to stem the proliferation of these plants. The above organizations will take the knowledge they acquire April 9 and begin their own "Battle of the Plants."

Preserve the natural beauty of our area -- please attend our work day on April 9, 2016. Make plans now to gather at Point Park on Lookout Mountain. We will have a brief safety program presented by the Park Rangers and we will have knowledgeable volunteers to direct your efforts. Bring your clippers and a keen eye.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Phellodendron amurense (Amur corktree)

Hello Everyone,

This spring a significant infestation of Phellodendron amurense (Amur corktree) was found in Michaux State Forest (Franklin County, PA near Chambersburg).  We expect that it originated from individuals planted at the nearby Penn State Mont Alto Campus and has been present on the State Forest for some time.  They are spread out over approximately 100 acres, but very patchy.  Stems range in size from 1-2 feet tall and less than 1” DBH to larger mid-canopy size individuals in the 6-10” DBH range.

This is a novel invasive species on the State Forest.  As such, we don’t have a lot of experience with treatment.  Our current thinking is to apply a basal application of Pathfinder II to all stems less than 4” DBH.  We are considering hack and squirt treatments of 50% Glyphomate 41 to stems greater than 4” DBH.  Our concern is the corky/spongy nature of the bark as the stems mature could be a problem for basal treatments, thus the hack and squirt at larger diameters.

I wanted to reach out to this group to see if anyone had any experience with effective treatments for Phellodendron or could speak to the relative efficacy of various herbicides/treatments.  We plan on doing some experimenting ourselves with various treatments this field season, but would like to have our first control attempt to be as effective as possible.

Thank you

Kelly Sitch

Kelly Sitch | Botanist
Pennsylvania Department of Conservation & Natural Resources
Bureau of Forestry | Ecological Services Section
PO Box 8552, 400 Market St, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8552
Phone: 717.425.5370 | Fax: 717.772.0271

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Florida Caribbean EPMT Liaison position

The Florida Caribbean EPMT Liaison position (my old job) has been posted on USAJOBS.  The (GS11/12) position is duty stationed at Palmetto Bay, Florida. 

Tony Pernas
Big Cypress National Preserve
33100 Tamiami Trail East
Ochopee, Florida 34141
(239) 695-1111

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

NC Invasive Plant Council Annual conference: March 10-11

Annual conference: March 10-11

If you haven't yet,
Please take our quick survey!
Your input is very valuable regarding what direction NC-IPC should take in the future.
We will discuss the results at our annual meeting in a few weeks.

The survey closes on Friday, March 4th at noon.

And if you haven't signed up for the annual meeting, $65 early registration ends March 4th, as well.
Click here to view the agenda and sign up TODAY.

March 10-11
Catawba College Center for the Environment
Salisbury, NC

Check out the student registration special, and the opportunity to donate to the silent auction.
Thanks so much for your time!

Our mailing address is:
NC  Invasive Plant Council
c/o Johnny Randall - NC Botanical Garden
CB 3375  UNC-Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC  27599

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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

2016 Invasive Plant Early Detection and Identification Workshops

 Greetings All!

The PNW IPC is excited to announce the schedule for our invasive plant identification and reporting training sessions for 2016 ( Sorry for any double postings.

Please share these free workshop opportunities widely to help us recruit volunteers to join our Citizen Science Invasive Plant reporting effort in WA and OR and to educate the general public about invasive plant challenges.  

If you have already taken the course please feel free to attend to refresh your plant ID skills and reporting skills using EDDMapSWest.

For a snapshot of the program please see the information below the schedule under  "About the Program" and for detailed look at our program please see our 2014-2015 biennial report linked from our website here:

9 Workshops in 2016: Citizen Science EDRR Training Sessions: ***Capacity will be limited , so if you would like to attend one of these free training sessions, 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).
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
3. 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
7. 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-3:00pm 
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!
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

Invasive Species Aren’t Always Unwanted

Invasive Species Aren’t Always Unwanted
FEB. 29, 2016 – New York Times

Thought provoking:


The Florida Natural Areas Inventory (FNAI), in collaboration with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, is hosting a workshop to provide training on the identification of 50 species of invasive exotic plants and their native look-alike species.  This training will take place on April 14, 2016 at Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in the Environmental Learning Center Auditorium.  This training will highlight the similarities and differences between plants that are occasionally confused by land managers and invasive plant contractors.  This workshop starts at 9:00 am and ends at 3:30 pm.

To register for this workshop please visit the online registration pages which can be found at:

You will have the option to either bring your own lunch or pay a $10 lunch fee to have lunch provided for you and you can choose from the lunch options when you register.