Friday, July 8, 2016

Faith's 40th blog - California Dept. of Agriculture v. PSHB & KSHB

Dear forest pest mavens & others,

I have posted a new blog - this one discusses recent information about the damage caused by / threat from polyphagous and Kuroshio shot hole borers - and CDFA's lack of action to protect urban and wildland forests in the state - or beyond to the rest of the country.

You can read the blog at

I hope you will share this notice with others who might be interested.  We cannot get action if we don't make noise.


Invasive Species Are Afflicting the Most Vulnerable Countries

Leaders' Statement on a North American Climate, Clean Energy, and Environment Partnership includes statement on invasive species collaboration

From Bruno Paris, CWS Canada:

Leaders' Statement on a North American Climate, Clean Energy, and Environment Partnership includes statement on invasive species collaboration

During the recent North American Leaders' Summit in Ottawa, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, and US President Barack Obama shared a common commitment to a competitive, low-carbon and sustainable North American economy and society. The portion of their statement dealing directly with invasive species asserts they will work together to "Strengthen cooperation on invasive alien species:
§  Further collaborate on addressing invasive alien species on a continental scale. Establish a trilateral working group to explore the development of a high level joint Strategy and Action Plan identifying key areas for collaboration, including under the Commission for Environmental Cooperation, and to initiate a survey of existing transboundary invasive alien species projects and initiatives."
The Canadian Wildlife Service, the Mexican National Commission for Knowledge and Use of Biodiversity, and the US National Invasive Species Council will join together in leading this initiative.

Unmanned Aerial Systems/Vehicles

Unmanned Aerial Systems/Vehicles
Join us for a webinar on Jul 26, 2016 at 3:00 PM EDT.
Register now!
The Jacksonville District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has been exploring the use of Unmanned Aerial Systems/Vehicles (UAS/UAV) to support a variety of their core missions including Emergency Operations, Construction Monitoring, Environmental Restoration and Invasive Species Management since 2008. This presentation will cover the Corps' experiences, challenges and lessons learned with using UAS as a remote sensing tool to collect high resolution (2-10cm) imagery for use in wetland restoration and invasive species management projects.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

"Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake Restoration Case Study: If You Build It, Will They Come?"

"Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake Restoration Case Study: If You Build It, Will They Come?"
Tuesday, July 12, 2016 (3:00 PM - 4:00 PM ET)

The next presentation in the DoD Natural Resources webinar series will feature Brandon Ruhe, President of the Mid-Atlantic Center for Herpetology and Conservation (MACHAC). From 2011-2016, MACHAC studied and restored a property that transitioned to woody habitats via succession, which historically contained a significant number of Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnakes (EMR) and their core habitat. MACHAC implanted EMR on adjacent properties with radio-transmitters and tracked them pre- and post-restoration. This webinar will discuss the study's results, which suggest that restoring habitats within EMR landscapes may be a viable option for land managers and resource agencies.

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

If you have never attended an Adobe Connect meeting or just want to test your connection prior to the webinar, visit:

If you are unable to join the webinar, we will post a recording on the NR Program web portal on the Webinars tab at:

Please share this information with your colleagues, and feel free to contact me if you have any questions about the upcoming presentation.

Taylor Phillips
DoD Natural Resources Program,
Twitter: @DoDNatRes

APHIS seeks input on draft International Phytosanitary Standards

05-July-2016: APHIS seeks input on draft International Phytosanitary Standards

The International Plant Protection Convention has posted for comment draft international phytosanitary standards on the following topics:
·       Diagnostic protocols for Phytophthora ramorumFusarium circinatumand Candidatus Liberibacter solanacearum

APHIS urges U.S. stakeholders to review and submit comments. Submit comments no later than Friday, August 26. You can download the draft standards from the IPPC consultation site or by clicking the links above. Specific instructions for submitting comments are available on theAPHIS Web site. For more information contact Marina Zlotina at
These standards facilitate safe trade in plants and plant products, harmonize plant protection policies and practices among trading partners, and provide a critical framework for addressing phytosanitary trade issues and negotiating market access requests. U.S. input is important to ensure the development of technically sound standards and to advance U.S. harmonization goals.
If you represent a large association, please distribute this message to your membership. We will continue to send announcements about IPPC standards through the APHIS Stakeholder Registry. To subscribe, go to: and select the topic “international phytosanitary standards.”

Three more Texas lakes affected by Zebra Mussels

Three more Texas lakes affected by Zebra Mussels (7/29/16)<>

ATHENS- Three more Texas lakes are being added to the list of lakes affected by zebra mussels. Lake Livingston, <> Eagle Mountain Lake and Lake Worth<> [downstream of Eagle Mountain Lake]  all tested positive for zebra mussels. As we head into the Independence Day weekend, these new findings serve as a good reminder to boaters to "Clean, Drain and Dry" their boats, trailers and gear every time they travel from one lake to another to prevent the spread of zebra mussels and other invasive species.....

ABSI LCC’s report on invasives species in the Aleutian and Bering Sea Islands

See the ABSI LCC’s report on invasives species in the Aleutian and Bering Sea Islands.

Tammy Davis  /  Invasive Species Program Coordinator ADF&G /P.O. Box 115526 / Juneau, AK 99811-5526
P: (907) 465-6183 / C: (907) 209-2492

The Alaska Center for Conservation Science (ACCS) has released a final report on a project they conducted in associaton with ABSI. The full title of the report is: "A Synthesis and Vulnerability Assessment of Terrestrial Invasive Species in the Aleutian and Bering Sea Islands." You can download a PDF of the report from the ACCS web site<>. The geospatial data layers are also available for download HERE</science/Shared%20Documents/>.

North American Invasive Species Forum

Mark your calendars for the North American Invasive Species Forum (formerly Weeds Across Borders) – May 9-11, 2017 in Savannah GA for discussion on this and other North American topics.


Chuck Bargeron
Associate Director for Invasive Species and Information Technology
Center for Invasive Species & Ecosystem Health
University of Georgia – Tifton, GA
Phone (229) 386-3298

Cell (229) 402-0412

National Invasive Species Council Secretariat

Please note that this position with the National Invasive Species Council Secretariat has been re-listed. Closing date is Wednesday, July 13, 2016.

This position is located within the Department of the Interior (DOI), Office of the Secretary (OS), National Invasive Species Council (NISC). The incumbent serves as the National Invasive Species Council Secretariat’s Assistant Director for Interdepartmental Coordination. The NISC Secretariat is a high-level body that serves the Principals of 13 Federal Departments/Agencies. It also interfaces with senior staff representing Congress, CEQ, OSTP, the White House, OMB , GSA and other Federal advisory bodies on behalf of NISC. Following priorities, guidelines, and strategic plans established by the Executive Director, the incumbent ensures effective day-to-day coordination across the NISC member Departments/Agencies, as well as other Federal bodies on a project-by-project basis.

This is a permanent, full-time, career/career conditional appointment.

1) Serves as the primary National Invasive Species Council (NISC) Secretariat focal point and coordinator for the Departmental Coordinators/Policy Liaisons across all Departments/Agencies of NISC member Departments/Agencies.
2) Guides interdepartmental strategic planning processes as necessary to ensure that NISC member Departments/Agencies are working together toward common goals in a manner that is inclusive, time and cost efficient, and highly impactful.
3) Works with Departmental Coordinators/Policy Liaisons to raise the profile of invasive species within their Departments and develop Departmental Invasive Species Task Forces, plans, briefings, fact sheets, events, and other means necessary to further institutionalize the invasive species issue at a high-level within the respective Department/Agency.
4) Oversees compilation and reporting of the annual, interdepartmental crosscut budget.
5) Responds to inquiries from Congress, GAO, OMB and others regarding interdepartmental coordination on invasive species issues.

National Invasive Species Council Secretariat
1849 C Street, NW, Room 3524, Washington, DC 20240 USA

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Alaska Early Detection and Rapid Response Survey

If you haven't already, please take the following survey to help us understand Early Detection and Rapid Response Efforts statewide. While the survey is aimed at plants we are interested in feedback from others too.
We request that you take the survey by July 15th.  Thanks for you time and feedback.

Gino Graziano
Invasive Plants Instructor
UAF Cooperative Extension Service