Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Grants

U.S. EPA Announces 28 Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Grants Totaling Over $12.5 Million to Restore Great Lakes (5/4/16) <>

......Today's EPA grants were divided into four categories: invasive species prevention, invasive species control, urban watershed management implementation and agricultural watershed management implementation.....

Related Story:  MN: New EPA Funding For Sea Grant Invasive Species "Habitattitude" Campaign (5/10/16)                                                                                                <>

Mandatory training required for aquatic invasive species violators

MN: Mandatory training required for aquatic invasive species violators (5/11/16)

Idaho State Department of Agriculture Intercepts Boat with Live Mussels Onboard

Idaho State Department of Agriculture Intercepts Boat with Live Mussels Onboard (5/17/16) <>

The Idaho State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) has intercepted a boat on U.S. Highway 93, north of Jackpot, Nev. carrying prohibited aquatic invasive species. The fouled watercraft was purchased recently in Nevada, after being moored in Lake Mead, a known quagga- and zebra-infested waterbody. While traveling through Idaho to its final destination in Auburn, Wash., the boat passed one of ISDA's invasive species check stations without stopping for inspection, as required by Idaho law. A Twin Falls County Sheriff's deputy stopped the boat hauler and escorted the vehicle back to ISDA's Highway 93 check station for inspection. Field tests indicated the mussels in and on the boat were alive. The boat has been impounded by ISDA and will be released in the next 30 days after a thorough and complete decontamination.

Related Story: Officials: Boat had invasive species onboard (5/17/16)<>

Pittsburgh Tries to Eat Its Way Through a Savage Weed - The Wall Street Journal.

Pittsburgh Tries to Eat Its Way Through a Savage Weed

Monday, May 23, 2016

Workshop: Emerging Invasive Species in the Mid-Atlantic

MAIPC is pleased to announce an upcoming summer workshop:

Emerging Invasive Species in the Mid-Atlantic
Monday July 11, 2016; 9:00a-4:00p
National Wildlife Visitor Center, Patuxent Research Refuge; Laurel, Maryland

Please click thew link below for a list of speakers, a registration link and other details.  (Registration will be active later today!)

The workshop is hosted by the Maryland Extension Service, Mid Atlantic Early Detection Network, Mid-Atlantic Invasive Plant Council, and University of Georgia - Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health

Thank you,
Damien Ossi
President, MAIPC

Damien P. Ossi
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

Faith's 37th blog asks - when will IAS get conservationists' attention?

hello, forest pest mavens & others,

I have posted a new blog at ... this one reports a recent study relying on IUCN Red Book data to evaluate causes of extinction - and finds that invasive species are the 2nd most commonly cited driver of extinctions - and rank 1st for vertebrates.

Yet invasive species issues continue to suffer from receiving little attention from the conservation community - beginning with grant-making foundations and reaching through the big names of US conservation organizations. 

What can we do to correct this imbalance?


Greet the Goats at Blakely June 4

On Sat. June 4,1 to 3,Weed Warriors invite you to come to Blakely Park and greet the goats. Bring the grandkids, your plant identification questions, and it's fine if you don't even get dirty! But perhaps you'll give a goat some ivy. Park off of Country Club Road and look for us in the adjacent meadow.

Weed Warriors is a non-profit coalition that aims to help native plants flourish by removing noxious weeds. This coalition of amateur and professional gardeners and environmental activists (and goats!) includes, but is not limited to, the Association of Bainbridge Communities, ABC Conservation/Education Foundation, Sustainable Bainbridge, BI Metro Parks and Recreation District , the BI Landtrust, COBI, Watershed Council, BI Master Gardeners, Let's Pull Together, Parks Foundation, and Kitsap Weed Board.

In the Middle East there is a saying, "The goats don't live on the desert; the goats create the desert." These omnivorous ruminants consume almost anything remotely resembling a plant, often including the roots. Thus they are good at clearing weeds, or advancing desertification. 

At Blakely, after the goats have browsed an area for a week, the portable fence is removed and they return to their huge van and move elsewhere. While some weeds will return, their strength has been diminished. So, for example, ivy may come back, but be much easier to pull. 

They are fun to watch and this event June 4, 1 to 3, will be an educational opportunity. Child-friendly, and seriously, bring your plant questions and concerns. We have made great progress at Blakely and encourage everyone to come and see it.

SAVE this DATE: Saturday, July 16, 1 to 3, at glorious Hawley Cove Park at the new lot off of Hawley Cove Road, or at the park sign on Wing Point Way. 
We will be removing or deadheading the pernicious (lovely) purple loosestrife that sucks up wetlands. It's gardening at the beach, a favorite of many.

What plant do you despise?

Please let me know and it can be plant rant of the month!

First Wednesday BILT Work Party June 1, 9 to 11.
Join Bi Landtrust for ongoing First Wednesday Work Parties! We spend the first Wednesday morning of each month performing restoration work on any one of our conserved properties--some not normally open to the public!

Bring a water bottle, work gloves, and extra tools if you can. Light refreshments and good company will be provided!

Detailed driving and parking directions will be provided upon RSVP. Please contact Becca Nissley at or call (206) 842-1216 to RSVP.

The LDS church is having a weed pull at Blakely Park near the meadow on Sat. July 30 from 1 to 4. More volunteers are welcome! For more information contact 

Please note our not-so-new format. Since the email list has been reconstituted, there may be omissions so please forward freely and please forgive duplicate postings.

This Year

Sept. 17 is National Beach Clean-up Day
Join Weed Warriors at Pritchard Park from 10 to 2. Meet in lot just past Taylor.

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Help raise awareness with the 2016 CISAW, June 4-12!


Cal Fish & Wildlife gets kids involved through a Youth Art Contest. See the website for instructions on how to participate!

Help raise awareness with the 2016 CISAW, June 4-12! Led by the California Dept. of Fish & wildlife, CISAW is an opportunity to reach out to your community (and maybe your elected officials) to let them know why invasive species is important and what's going on locally to address the problem. Whether it's agriculture or biodiversity, recreational boating or water quality, there are plenty of impacts to talk about. Learn more here.    

California Invasive Plant Council, 1442-A Walnut St. #462, Berkeley, CA 94709

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Thursday, May 12, 2016

Maryland DNR's Statewide Eyes Program Launched

I am holding training sessions for anyone who wants to ID, quantify and map invasive plants on ecologically significant Maryland state lands. There will be two training sessions in each region of the state this year. The training itself counts as Advanced Master Naturalist training, and the work counts as hours for Master Naturalists. Master Gardeners are more than welcome. Here is the press release that DNR sent out a couple weeks ago:  and here is the program website:  Please spread the word and/or come join us. The workshops are free.


Kerrie L. Kyde
Invasive Plant Ecologist
Natural Heritage Program
Maryland DNR--WHS
11960 Clopper Road
Gaithersburg, MD 20878

2016 Natural Areas Conference Video Invitation

2016 Natural Areas Conference Video Invitation
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You're invited.

We want YOU to join us in California for the 2016 Natural Areas Conference October 18-21, 2016. This year our theme is Climate Change Adaptation and Natural Areas Management: Turning Words to Action. 

Climate change is the greatest challenge facing conservation professionals. This conference will offer strategies and tactics that resource and natural areas managers can employ to prepare for and respond to climate change on the ground.

Watch the video to hear more about why you need to attend.

Want more info? Get the details on what to do while at our event site, the University of California, Davis Conference Center in Davis, California - see a list of our session topics - take a look at our conference schedule - or get more information about our plenary session speakers.

Registration will open in June - check back often at our conference website!

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