Monday, October 9, 2017

New Restoration Courses

 
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Check Out Our New Courses for Ecological Restoration Professionals

Restoration Project DesignRestoration Design Course

Monday, November 6th, 9am-4pm
Center for Urban Horticulture, 3501 NE 41st St., Seattle, WA 98105

Cost: $85, lunch included
Instructor: Rodney Pond, Executive Director, Sound Salmon Solutions

This class will teach you how to use a design process to plan and implement future restoration projects, creating projects that are more successful and cost less money over the long run. Class attendees will learn about the stages of restoration projects (including site evaluation, goal development, site preparation, installation, maintenance and monitoring) and leave able to identify important
Professional credits approved: APLD (2.5), ASLA (7), CPH (6), ecoPRO (6), NALP/WALP (7). Pending: CERP

Assessing Soil Quality and Hydrologic Function in Restoration SitesRestoration Soils Hydrology Course

Monday, December 4, 8am-5pm
Center for Urban Horticulture, 3501 NE 41st St., Seattle, WA 98105

Cost: $100, lunch included
Instructor: Lisa Palazzi, Certified Professional Soil Scientist, Certified Professional Wetland Scientist

This class will provide an overview of natural soil development processes, providing a baseline for understanding soil hydrology and nutrient cycling. Participants will learn how to assess soil quality in the field and through lab work, and will review how soil hydrology works at a micro and macro-scale essential to understanding when and how to irrigate, and how to optimize soil moisture holding capacity and critical drainage function. Learn to improve site restoration prospects by understanding a local soil’s more limiting characteristics, and to optimize management decisions by understanding that one size does not fit all when it comes to growing plants and creating habitat in disturbed or impacted sites.
Professional credits approved: APLD (6.25), CPH (7), ecoPRO (7), NALP/WALP (7). Pending: ASLA, CERP

Check out all of our classes for public and professional audiences!

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biocontrol agents to tackle two invasive European swallow-worts.

From: Faith Campbell
Date: Mon, Oct 9, 2017 at 1:29 PM
Subject: new blog posted
To: 
Dear forest pest mavens & others,

The Center for Invasive Species Prevention has posted a new blog at www.cisp.us (or at nivemnic.us.org ). This blog discusses release of biocontrol agents to tackle two invasive European swallow-worts.

The blog is by a guest, Jil Swearingen - well known in the Mid-Atlantic invasive plant community!


Faith

Texas Anti-Invasives Citizen Scientist Program

Hi all,

Here’s info about the upcoming NAIPC webinar … 2 weeks from today.  A flier is also attached.  

The Texas Anti-Invasives Citizen Scientist Program on Oct 19, 2017 3:00 PM EDT 

Recognizing that battling invasives is going to take more than the available government resources, the Texas Invasive Plant and Pest Council established the Invaders of Texas citizen science program in 2005. It is designed to move the target audience beyond awareness to action on invasive species. Volunteer citizen scientists are trained to detect and report invasive species in their communities. The more trained eyes watching for invasive species, the better our chances of lessening or avoiding damage to our native landscape. In this webinar, Dr. Hans Landel, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center will describe the program’s training, database, website, the Sentinel Pest Network early detection and rapid response (EDRR) program, and other aspects of the program.

to register:  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5166272372570751747

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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Thanks,
Nancy


Nancy J. Loewenstein, Ph.D.
3301 Forestry and Wildlife Sciences Building
Auburn University, AL 36849
334-844-1061



Thursday, October 5, 2017

Innovations in Invasive Species Management Conference and Workshop


Good afternoon, we hope you can join us for the 1st Innovations in Invasive Species Management Conference and Workshop to be held in Nashville, TN December 13th-15th, 2017 at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Convention Center. 

Come see more than 50 speakers discuss topics ranging from “Aerial Application as an Initial Strike for Heavy Bush Honeysuckle (Lonicera maackii) Infestations in Illinois” to invasive animals of Florida.  The complete agenda can be found at the conference website http://www.invasiveplantcontrol.com/conference17/

It’s a great time of year to visit Nashville and the resort will be celebrating its Country Christmas with more than 3 million lights that are a part of the holiday decorations and many other activities.  The resort hosts more than 15 restaurants and offers a shuttle to popular downtown Nashville for those wishing to visit the busy downtown scene in the evenings. 
Our room block is almost filled so we are encouraging people to register and reserve a room while they are still available.  More conference information and opportunities can be found below.  Please pass this along to anyone or list you may think would be interested. 

December 13-15th, 2017
Gaylord Opryland Hotel
Nashville, TN
We invite you to join us for the first Innovations in Invasive Species Management Conference and Workshop to be held in Nashville, TN December 13-15th, 2017 at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel.  This year’s meeting will be co-hosted by the National Military Fish and Wildlife Association’s Invasive Species Working Group the Tennessee Invasive Plant Council the Southeast Exotic Pest Plant Council the National Association of Invasive Plant Councils and Invasive Plant Control, Inc. .  
Registration
Who Should Attend?
  • Department of Defense Land Managers
  • Department of Transportation
  • Public and private land managers
  • Not for profit land managers
  • Municipal staff (parks and recreation, public works, inland wetlands/conservation commissions)
  • Nursery, tree and landscape professionals
  • Landscape architects and designers
  • State and federal employees
  • Members of conservation organizations
  • Educators, students
  • Gardening enthusiasts
  • Private landowners
  • Concerned citizens

CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS Pesticide Recertification Credits and other Continuing Education Credits will be offered for Tennessee, Kentucky, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Washington DC, Pennsylvania, Arkansas, Florida, Oregon and Washington.  If you plan to attend and don’t see your state on the list, let us know and we will get it set up for you.

Hotel and Conference Location
Gaylord Opryland Hotel Experience the finest in Southern hospitality at Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee. Our premier Opryland hotel offers guests an unforgettable getaway with all the excitement and energy of Music City under one spectacular roof. Located only 10 minutes from the airport and featuring an extraordinary selection of dining, shopping, recreational activities and entertainment, there’s never a shortage of things to do at our resort. After unwinding at Relâche Spa & Salon, practice your swing at Gaylord Springs Golf Links, make a splash at our indoor or outdoor pool, hit the gym at our state-of-the-art fitness center, or explore our nine acres of lush, indoor gardens and cascading waterfalls.
Reservations for the Opryland Hotel at the Conference Per Diem Rate can be made by clicking here

Alaska Invasive Species Workshop

The Alaska Invasive Species Workshop website <http://www.uaf.edu/ces/pests/cnipm/annual-invasive-species-c/> is updated with a new draft agenda, and additional information about parking, and the free public presentation at the Anchorage Museum.

Please publicize the free evening presentation and the workshop far and wide.  The flier for the free presentation is attached.

See you later this month.

--
Gino Graziano
Invasive Plants Instructor
UAF Cooperative Extension Service
907-786-6315

Call For Papers for a National Invasive Species Assessment

All,
A call from our colleague, Jeff Morisette:
Call For Papers for a National Invasive Species Assessment 
The National Invasive Species Council Secretariat has recently issued a call for papers for a special issue of the journal Biological Invasion.   In that special issue, the objective is to get papers that are focused on invasive species impacts on various sectors/topic areas in the United States. This special issue is in response to Executive Order 13751 - Safeguarding the Nation from the Impacts of Invasive Species; which calls for “a National Invasive Species Assessment in coordination with the U.S. Global Change Research Program's periodic national assessment, that evaluates the impact of invasive species on major U.S. assets, including food security, water resources, infrastructure, the environment, human, animal, and plant health, natural resources, cultural identity and resources, and military readiness, from ecological, social, and economic perspectives"
You can see details on the call for papers at: https://invasivespecies.submittable.com/submit
If you have any questions, please contact Jeff Morisette (jeffrey_morisette@ios.doi.gov).



Tennessee Valley Wild Ones

This Monday, October 9, the Tennessee Valley Wild Ones will kick-off Weed Wrangle-Chattanooga 2018 (March 3) with a talk by Eli Dickerson on removing invasive plants at Fernbank in Atlanta.  The meeting will be at 6 pm at green|spaces, 63 E. Main St.  Please come by.

If you wish to talk with Eli informally, we will be meeting for an early dinner at 4:45 pm at Conga Restaurant, 26 E. Main St.  See you Monday!

Bill Moll
TVWO Program Co-Chair
423-702-5779

In fall 2014, Fernbank Museum of Natural History in Atlanta embarked on an ambitious task of restoring a 65 acre old-growth forest. The forest had become host to 50 different non-native, invasive plant species that were choking out native plants and decreasing forest biodiversity. Since that time over 30 acres have been at least partially restored. This presentation will cover means, methods, successes and challenges of this restoration project and include advice on how you can tackle these ever-present invasives in your local forest or home landscape. Target species include English ivy, Chinese wisteria, thorny olive, leatherleaf mahonia, and various species of monkey grass.
Eli Dickerson is the Ecologist and chief "tree hugger" at Fernbank Museum of Natural History where he manages the 65 acre, old-growth Fernbank Forest.  Eli is an avid distance runner and enjoys exploring the trails of Georgia and North Carolina. In his spare time he also serves on American Forests National Cadre of Big Tree Measurers and manages Atlanta's Champion Tree Program.  Eli has B.S. in Biology from Winthrop University and an MBA in nonprofit management from Georgia State University.


Friday, September 22, 2017

Innovations in Invasive Species Management Conference

Innovations in Invasive Species Management Conference
We invite you to join us for the first Innovations in Invasive Species Management Conference and Workshop to be held in Nashville, TN December 13-15th, 2017 at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel.  Click below for the conference website. 


This year’s meeting will be co-hosted by the National Military Fish and Wildlife Association’s Invasive Species Working Group, the Tennessee Invasive Plant Council, the Southeast Exotic Pest Plant Council, the National Association of Invasive Plant Councils and Invasive Plant Control, Inc.

Registration-   To register please also go to the conference website Innovations in Invasive Species Management Website  and go to the registration page to register for the meeting.   

Hotel-  I also strongly encourage you to make your hotel reservations now.  The hotels in Nashville fill up quickly in December and there are a limited number of rooms reserved at the federal per diem rate for our meeting.  It’s definitely worth staying at the resort if feasible as they do a great job decorating the hotel during the holidays.  Reservations for the Opryland Hotel at the Conference Per Diem Rate can be made by clicking here 

Who Should Attend?
  • Department of Defense Land Managers
  • Department of Transportation
  • Public and private land managers
  • Not for profit land managers
  • Municipal staff (parks and recreation, public works, inland wetlands/conservation commissions)
  • Nursery, tree and landscape professionals
  • Landscape architects and designers
  • State and federal employees
  • Members of conservation organizations
  • Educators, students
  • Gardening enthusiasts
  • Private landowners
  • Concerned citizens
CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS
Pesticide Recertification Credits and other Continuing Education Credits will be offered.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me steve@ipc-inc.org if you have any questions. 


Steven T. Manning
President
Invasive Plant Control, Inc.

e-mail:  steve@ipc-inc.org
cell:  615-969-1309
office:  615-385-4319



Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Small Grants for wilderness stewardship, including invasive species inventory and monitoring!

From our Regional Wilderness Program Manager:

Here is a potential funding source for partners:  http://www.wildernessalliance.org/wsp_grant_info

National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance, in partnership with the FS, offers small grants ($2,000-5,000) to volunteer organizations for projects that advance wilderness stewardship (i.e., result in WSP point gains). There is currently an open call for proposals, due October 15th, for winter projects (Nov 2017-May 2018). So, his wouldn’t be a fit for high-elevation areas like most of the MBS wildernesses but may work for lower elevation areas. Match is required.

Examples of Wilderness Stewardship Performance Activities

Work proposed under this Grant application may include, but is not limited to:
  • Inventory and monitoring surveys for invasive species
  • Eradication and control of invasive species



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Becky Blanchard
Wilderness, Wild & Scenic Rivers, and Congressionally Designated Areas Program Manager
Forest Service
Pacific Northwest Region
p: 503-808-2449
bpblanchard@fs.fed.us
1220 SW Third Avenue
Portland, OR 97204
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Thursday, August 24, 2017

new blog - on feral hogs

Dear forest pest mavens & others,

I have posted a new blog at www.cisp.us or www.nivemnic.us

This one discusses issues in efforts to suppress populations of feral hogs - one of the worst invaders.


Faith Campbell

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Invasive Princess Tree

Hi folks.  Below is an example of why allowing invasive plants to be sold at nurseries is a bad idea…

Subject: FW: Invasive Princess Tree - Advertised as the Fastest Growing Tree in the World

If this isn't a testimonial on why you shouldn't buy invasive species, I don't know what is!
(P.S. If you received this twice, it's because you're on the SE-EPPC list-serv. If this is the only time you've received this, you're NOT on the SE-EPPC list-serv and should sign up here. Low traffic and since you’re a board member, you should know what’s going out to members. Thanks!)

-----Original Message-----
Sent: Wednesday, August 16, 2017 5:36 PM
To: Brown,Karen P

I live in Tulsa, OK.  This tree [Paulownia tomentosa] was sold as having sterile seeds so I felt safe in buying it (bare root). Seeds are not where the invaders come from ... they come from the roots of the tree.

I actually cut the trees (2) down and dug two big holes around the roots ... the roots were 7-inches in diameters in some places and looked like a twisted leviathan coming up out of the ground. I cut them out in big sections and disposed of them.  I slit what root remained then poured Roundup on them.  A month or two later I saw two stalks from this plant growing up under the pegboard above my workbench (in my garage) ... and other week or so, a stalk was growing up behind my freezer (on the other side of my two-car garage).

The volunteers keep showing up in other places ... in my yard, anywhere they want to come up.  I feel like it is growing under my house like a monster and will break through my foundation and clog my sewer lines. I want to move, but I would have to disclose that Jack's giant beanstalk (on steroids) lives under my house.


Friday, August 11, 2017

iguanas may disperse Brazilian pepper

Title: An Isotopic Study of Diet and Muscles of the Green Iguana (Iguana iguana) in Puerto Rico
Author(s): Govender, Y; Munoz, MC; Camejo, LAR; Puente-Rolon, AR; Cuevas, E; Sternberg, L
Source: JOURNAL OF HERPETOLOGY  Volume: 46  Issue: 2  Pages: 167-170   Published: JUN 2012
Abstract: In Puerto Rico, the number of nonnative Green Iguana, Iguana iguana, has increased and the species has proliferated throughout the island
….The gut contents consisted primarily of black mangrove leaves (Avicennia germinans), suggesting a higher impact of herbivory on this species of mangrove. Another plant species of interest found in the gut was Brazilian pepper, Schinus terebinthifolius. We suspect that I. iguana may be a disperser of this aggressive invasive plant in Puerto Rico. Our study indicates that I. iguana impacts the native flora and fauna in Puerto Rico, and that the ecological role of this species in introduced ranges warrants further investigation.

Natural Areas Weed Identification Equipment Calibration Calculations Herbicide Selection


On Friday, Aug. 18, Ken Gioeli, Natural Resources Extension Agent with the University of Florida St Lucie County Extension, will be teaching a course designed to prepare students to successfully complete the Natural Areas Weed Control Pesticide Licensing Exam. Several special topics will be addressed including
Natural Areas Weed Identification
Equipment Calibration Calculations
Herbicide Selection
Pre-registration is required. Call 772-462-1660 for information.  Register online at http://stlucie.ifas.ufl.edu
Pesticide licensing exam available after training.


Invasive beetle that kills ash trees found in three Upstate counties [of South Carolina]


From: Shepherd, William -FS
Sent: Thursday, August 10, 2017 4:41 PM
Subject: EAB found in South Carolina

Hello SFIWC [Southern Forest Insect Work Conference] colleagues,

Dave Coyle has provided the following link about the first confirmed detection of EAB in South Carolina:


William P. Shepherd, SFIWC Secretary-Treasurer
USDA Forest Service SRS
2500 Shreveport Highway
Pineville, LA  71360  USA

Voice: 318-473-7256
FAX: 318-473-7222

SFIWC website: http://www.sfiwc.org






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Thursday, August 10, 2017

The Alaska Invasive Species Workshop

The Alaska Invasive Species Workshop
<http://www.uaf.edu/ces/pests/cnipm/annual-invasive-species-c/> website is updated with all the new information on  hotel accommodations, registration, and submitting your abstracts for presentations.  Attached is the Save the Date card.  Please share the card and other announcements widely.

--
Gino Graziano
Invasive Plants Instructor
UAF Cooperative Extension Service
907-786-6315

Senate Agriculture Appropriations bill is very generous to APHIS' program

Dear Forest Pest Mavens,

please visit my blog at www.cisp.us or www.nivemnic.us to learn about House & Senate action on funding APHIS - especially its tree pest programs; and House action on funding USFS (Senate has not yet acted).

The Senate Agriculture Appropriations bill is very generous to APHIS' program - please contact your Senator if he/she is on the Ag Approps Subcommittee and thank him/her!  Also thank Chairman Hoeven (ND), who supported these generous funding levels.

Faith Campbell

Center for Invasive Species Prevention

Innovations in Invasive Species Management Conference

Innovations in Invasive Species Management Conference
We invite you to join us for the first Innovations in Invasive Species Management Conference and Workshop to be held in Nashville, TN December 13-15th, 2017 at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel.  Click below for the conference website. 


This year’s meeting will be co-hosted by the National Military Fish and Wildlife Association’s Invasive Species Working Group, the Tennessee Invasive Plant Council, the Southeast Exotic Pest Plant Council, the National Association of Invasive Plant Councils and Invasive Plant Control, Inc.

Registration-   To register please also go to the conference website Innovations in Invasive Species Management Website  and go to the registration page to register for the meeting.   

Hotel-  I also strongly encourage you to make your hotel reservations now.  The hotels in Nashville fill up quickly in December and there are a limited number of rooms reserved at the federal per diem rate for our meeting.  It’s definitely worth staying at the resort if feasible as they do a great job decorating the hotel during the holidays.  Reservations for the Opryland Hotel at the Conference Per Diem Rate can be made by clicking here 

Who Should Attend?
  • Department of Defense Land Managers
  • Department of Transportation
  • Public and private land managers
  • Not for profit land managers
  • Municipal staff (parks and recreation, public works, inland wetlands/conservation commissions)
  • Nursery, tree and landscape professionals
  • Landscape architects and designers
  • State and federal employees
  • Members of conservation organizations
  • Educators, students
  • Gardening enthusiasts
  • Private landowners
  • Concerned citizens
CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS
Pesticide Recertification Credits and other Continuing Education Credits will be offered.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me steve@ipc-inc.org if you have any questions. 


Steven T. Manning
President
Invasive Plant Control, Inc.

cell:  615-969-1309
office:  615-385-4319


Invitation to ASWM’s New Webinar Series: Invasive Species in Coastal Wetlands

Dear Wetlanders:
The Association of State Wetland Managers (ASWM) invites you to join us for our new mini webinar series focused on best management practices for invasive species in coastal wetlands. We will be hosting a total of 6 webinars on this topic, starting with our first one, “Invasive Species in Coastal Wetlands: Current and Future Challenges & Management Implications” on Thursday, August 17th at 3:00 p.m. eastern, 2:00 p.m. central, 1:00 p.m. mountain, 12:00 p.m. pacific, 11:00 a.m. Alaska, and 9:00 a.m. Hawaii time. In this webinar we will hear from two experts in this field: Thomas Hall, a Wildlife Biologist with the USDA, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Wildlife Services Program; and Anne Garwood, the Great Lakes Coastal Wetland Ecologist for the Water Resources Division in the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. Information about the presenters and their abstracts can be found below.
To register for the webinar, click here.

Invasive Species Cook-Off & Potluck

I thought this event might be of interest to members of this group.  Got any good invasive species recipes you'd like to try out?  Come on out and have some fun with eating invasive species!
--
Tom Kaye, PhD
Executive Director
Institute for Applied Ecology

563 SW Jefferson Ave, Corvallis, Oregon 97333-4602
541-753-3099 ext. 111     www.appliedeco.org 

Please "Like" us on Facebook!

Associate Professor (courtesy)
Dept. of Botany and Plant Pathology
Oregon State University
2087 Cordley Hall, Corvallis, Oregon 97331




Avoid the Line, Get Your Tickets Online!

Invasive Species Cook-Off & Potluck

Saturday, August 19, 2017 - 5-8 pm

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Get Your Tickets Today! We are getting excited to sample amazing, creative dishes that help native habitat restoration! We will have a roast pig, side dishes, and your potluck dishes!  You'll not likely find Roast Nutria or Invasive Crayfish Etouffee, not to mention a Queen Anne's Lace and Blackberry ale, anywhere else!

What will YOU Bring?  We asked that each group brings a potluck dish - with our without an invasive species!

Win a Prize! To enter the Cook-off, bring a dish in one of four categories: Savory Meat, Savory Vegetarian, Dessert/Sweet, Beverage. Click here for details!

Haven't yet made it to our Eradication by Mastication Cook-off? Check out Oregon Field Guide's segment!


Forward this email to friends  - Keep up with our Facebook Event

We need YOU to volunteer at the Cook-off - a fun way to be involved! Email michelw@appliedeco.org!
Tickets are a suggested donation of $10 - $50/person at the door.
Your donation is a tax deductible gift to the Institute for Applied Ecology!


members only


If you're an IAE member, join us at 4:30 pm before the Cook-off for an Invasive Species Beverage Tasting & Social (beer, cider, mead, and wine)
to thank IAE members who support our work.
Check the box to RSVP for this Social when you get your tickets!

Click here to become an IAE member to join in the fun!

This is our annual fundraiser to put native habitat restoration, research, and education into action. We hope to see you there!  Can't attend this event but want to support our mission? Click here!


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WISC NEWS RELEASE: State Asks You to Check Trees for Invasive Pests in August



Justin Bush
Executive Coordinator
| Washington Invasive Species Council
Washington Recreation and Conservation Office
Office: 1111 Washington ST SE
| Olympia WA 98501
Mail: PO Box 40917
| Olympia WA 98504
Office: (360) 902-3088
|TDD: (360) 902-1996
justin.bush@rco.wa.gov
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Friday, July 21, 2017

Innovations in Invasive Species Management Conference and Workshop

Registration is now open for the first ever NMFWA Invasive Species Working Group Workshop in Nashville TN December 13-15th, 2017.  Please look at the information below to see a current list of speakers, request for proposals and registration information.

December 13-15th, 2017
Gaylord Opryland Hotel
Nashville, TN

We invite you to join us for the first Innovations in Invasive Species Management Conference and Workshop to be held in Nashville, TN December 13-15th, 2017 at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel.  This year’s meeting will be co-hosted by the National Military Fish and Wildlife Association’s Invasive Species Working Group the Tennessee Invasive Plant Council the Southeast Exotic Pest Plant Council the National Association of Invasive Plant Councils and Invasive Plant Control, Inc. .   

Registration

Who Should Attend?
·       Department of Defense Land Managers
·       Department of Transportation
·       Public and private land managers
·       Not for profit land managers
·       Municipal staff (parks and recreation, public works, inland wetlands/conservation commissions)
·       Nursery, tree and landscape professionals
·       Landscape architects and designers
·       State and federal employees
·       Members of conservation organizations
·       Educators, students
·       Gardening enthusiasts
·       Private landowners
·       Concerned citizens

CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS Pesticide Recertification Credits and other Continuing Education Credits will be offered.

Hotel and Conference Location
Gaylord Opryland Hotel Experience the finest in Southern hospitality at Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee. Our premier Opryland hotel offers guests an unforgettable getaway with all the excitement and energy of Music City under one spectacular roof. Located only 10 minutes from the airport and featuring an extraordinary selection of dining, shopping, recreational activities and entertainment, there’s never a shortage of things to do at our resort. After unwinding at Relâche Spa & Salon, practice your swing at Gaylord Springs Golf Links, make a splash at our indoor or outdoor pool, hit the gym at our state-of-the-art fitness center, or explore our nine acres of lush, indoor gardens and cascading waterfalls.

Call for Presentations
For the 2017 meeting we are requesting proposals related to:
  • All aspects of Invasive Species Management
  • Pollinators and Habitat Management
  • Herbicides, looking at them from both sides
  • Where does installation of native plant material fit into the restoration scheme
  • Management of invasive species in sensitive areas
  • Managing Behaviors in Invasive Species Management
  • Specific Invasive Species Control applications
  • Use of Innovative Tools and Equipment for on the Ground Invasive Species Management
  • Using Drones to Manage Invasive Species
  • State Specific Talks related to Invasive Species management
  • Developing and implementing a Weed Wrangle
  • Weed control projects or research from diverse habitats
  • Mapping using UAVs
  • Coordinating volunteers and communicating with the public
  • Management of key Invasives: Success Stories and Progress Reports

Types of proposals we are seeking:
·       Outdoor Equipment Demonstrations
·       General Session Oral Presentations 15-45 minutes in length
·       Poster Presentations

Abstracts
Abstract Submission
Deadline for entry is July 20th, 2017.
General Sessions
  • Oral Presentations will be 15-45 minutes long with 5-10 minutes for discussion and questions. Presentations will be included in a relevant general oral session, or in an organized oral session if appropriate.
  • Poster Presentations will occur during a poster session on Thursday evening December 14th. We ask that you be present during the session to present your poster and answer questions.  Posters should be no larger than 4x4 ft.
  • Outdoor Equipment Demonstrations will occur on Friday December 15th on the Opryland Grounds and at local parks in the hotel vicinity.  If you are interested in offering an equipment demonstration please contact Steven Manning
Note to Students: We encourage student submissions. Students who want to present at the conference should submit their abstract according to the outlines on this page.
Submission Instructions
For Symposia and Organized Oral Sessions, abstracts must be submitted for each presentation.
Abstracts must be submitted electronically to Steven Manning. Your email must include the document in the format described below, with this subject line:
·       Subject: (presenter’s last name) and type of submission (i.e. organized oral session, symposium, workshop, general oral session, or general poster session)
Abstract Content and Style for Papers and Posters
Each submitted abstract must include the following.  Please carefully adhere to these guidelines: Attach your abstract in Microsoft Word, using one-inch margins and Times New Roman, 10 pt. font. Single space the abstract and separate each section with a single line space. 

  1. Title of Presentation
  2. Author
    1. Name
    2. Title
    3. Organization
  3. Contact information
    1. Email
    2. Telephone
    3. Address
  4. Abstract
  5. Brief Description
  6. Speaker Bio



Working Agenda and Confirmed Speakers
December 13-15, 2017
December 13th
·       Committee Meetings 5-9 pm
December 14th and 15th
·       Oral presentations, Outdoor Equipment Demonstrations and Poster Session

Confirmed Presenters to Date
Presenter: Andrew Fraser, PNW IPC EDRR Program Coordinator (Pacific Northwest Invasive Plant Council), Seattle, WA
“PNW-IPC EDRR Citizen Science Invasive Plant Program”

Presenter: John KrupovageNatural Resources Manager 72 Civil Engineering Directorate
"Challenges in Invasive Species Control in Urban Natural Area Restoration: sensitivity of control around Base Commanders residences”

Presenter: Joel Helm, USAF 611th CES
"Securing DoD Mission efficiencies and biodiversity by Aggressively Managing Invasive Species on Remote Pacific Islands"

Presenter: James H. Castle, Wildlife Biologist, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Walla Walla District Burbank, WA  99323
"Eradication of Flowering Rush using the Diver Assisted Suction Device (DASH).

Presenter: Dr. Ed Rudberg, Ph.D. CEO CD3 General Benefit Corporation
 Changing Behaviors: Education is NOT Enough

Presenter: Todd Neel Pesticide Specialist, Forest Service State and Private Forestry Intermountain and Northern Regions
“Incorporating new tools and technologies (including pesticides); risk assessment; when working with external partners of NFS Lands”

Presenter:  Sarah Lowe, Botanical Garden & Horticulture Manager, Cheekwood Botanical Gardens
“The Role Botanical Gardens Play in Invasive Plant Management”

Presenter:  Amy Walter, Volunteer Programs Manager, Nashville Zoo
“Controlling Invasives to Create the North American Wildlife Exhibit” (Tentative Title)

” Finding & Securing Grant Funds for Invasive Species Management”

Presenter: Lee Patrick, Invasive Plant Control, Inc. 
“Developing a program for underprivileged young adults to work in the invasive species management industry; A Maddox Foundation and Warner Parks Pilot Project”

Track:  Innovations in tools and equipment
Utilizing multirotor drones (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle- UAV) to monitor and treat invasive plants
Presenter:  Jon Morton, Biologist, USACE, Invasive Species Management Branch
Using Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) for Vegetation Mapping and Restoration

Field Demo & Presenter:  Sheila Kennedy   Owner/Operator, S-K Environmental, Portable Invasive Species Rinse off and Reclaim System, Okanogan, WA 98840 U.S.A.
“Eliminating transfer and introduction of invasive species with rinse off reclaim decontamination system” 

Field Demo & Presenter:  Jon Jackson and Air Force Research Representative
“NatureZap DE Technology”  ”Natural area pest plant control with Directed Energy --  Keep aliens away!!”

Field Demo Presenter:  John Lampe, Founder of Green Shoots, LLC, Saint Paul, Minnesota
“Novel electronic dispenser for precision applications of herbicide sprays and foam.”

Field Demo & Presenter:  Curtis Pearce, Uprooter Founder and CEO
“Love the Lever: Multiplying the Force Against Invasive Plants:  Utilizing manual leverage tools to manage invasive plants”

Presenter:  Zach Richardson, Founder of Chew Crew
“Grazing in Cities: An Overview of the Environmental, Economic, and Social Implications of Grazing Urban Landscapes” 
Field Demo Presenter:  Al Royster, Birchmeier 
“New technologies for Invasive Plant Managers from Birchmeier”

Presenter:  Jim Bean, Strategic Accounts Manager, BASF Professional & Specialty Solutions
“The Benefits of Branded Chemistry”
             
Track: Behavior Change and Education
Presenter:  Mike Berkley, Co-Founder of Growild Native Nurseries
"If You DON'T Build It, It Will Come...BACK!" Native Plant Restoration After Eradication

Presenter: Douglas A. Burkett, PhD, Environmental Biologist, Operations Division,  Armed Forces Pest Management Board
Invasive Plant Management in the DOD

Presenter:  Patterson Clark, alienweeds.com
“The Art of Alienweeds”

Presenter:  Jim Hunt, Mayor, City of Belle Meade, TN
“Invasive Species Management challenges in affluent urban areas”

Weed Wrangle Short Talks
Presenter:  Cayce McAllister, Garden Club of America Nashville Weed Wrangle Coordinator
The Weed Wrangle and the GCA

Presenter:  Meghan Scholl, Friends and Volunteer Programs Assistant, Tennessee State Parks
“Weed Wrangle in 33 TN State Parks”

Presenter:  Ginger-Rose Krueck, Co-Executive Director, Co-Founder, and Teacher GROW Enrichment
“Weed Wrangle Update from GROW Enrichment”

Weed Wrangle Updates
Chattanooga, Jackson MS, Dallas, TX, New Orleans LA, Knoxville, Memphis, Nashville, TN State Parks


Strike Teams
PresenterTerri Hogan, NPS National Invasive Plant Program

Presenter: (Pending) John Klavitter, US Fish & Wildlife Service, National Wildlife Refuge System, Headquarters, National Coordinator: Cooperative Recovery Initiative/Island Restoration/Invasives

Presenter: Shawna L. Bautista, R6 Invasive Plant and Pesticide Use Coordinator, Forest Service
Region 6, State and Private Forestry
“Invasive Species Management in the US Forest Service”

Presenter: Jennifer Hillmer, Invasive Plant Coordinator, Cleveland Metroparks, OH
“Using strike team treatment records to measure progress, find maintenance threshholds, and save the planet.”

Presenter:  Steven Manning
“Using the Strike Team Model on DOD Installations, a Pilot Project”




Registration Rates
EARLY Registration is available through September 1. To register for the Innovations in Invasive Species Management Conference and Workshop please visit Eventbrite by clicking on the following link: Click here to Register for the Innovations Conference and Workshop
Full Conference
 $200.00
Full Conference - Student
 $150.00
One-Day
 $100.00
One-Day - Student
 $50.00
TWRA Agency Rate
$150.00
LATE Registration (Starts Oct. 2)
Full Conference
 $300.00
One-Day
 $150.00





EXHIBITOR OPPORTUNITIES
Read below for exhibit options.
All Table, Nonprofit and Booth Exhibitors will receive the following benefits:
  • Logo placement on conference website
  • Name and logo displayed in conference program
  • Exhibit booth or display table space
  • One full conference registration
  • Logo placement on conference website
Booth Exhibitor: $1,000
  • A draped, 10’ x 10’ exhibit area, with one clothed and draped 8’ table
  • A second full complementary registration
Table Exhibitor: $650
  • One clothed and draped 8’ table plus 2 chairs
Nonprofit Exhibitor: $300
  • Same benefits as regular Table Exhibitor
SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
All Annual Meeting Sponsors receive the following benefits:
  • Logo placement on conference announcements, publications and website with a link to your website
  • Logo displayed in conference program
  • Logo displayed on prominent signage at the event
  • Exhibit booth space
  • Sponsor ribbons on name badges to recognize your company’s contribution

Additional benefits per tiered sponsor level include:
Concurrent Session Sponsor: $1,500
  • Receive 2 complimentary full conference registrations
  • Your company will be recognized as a sponsor of a concurrent session
  • Your company logo will appear on signage outside the session room

Break Sponsors: $2,500
  • Receive 4 complimentary full conference registrations
  • Your company will sponsor a morning or afternoon break during which all attendees will see your logo prominently displayed at the refreshment area
  • Quarter-page ad in conference program

Exhibitor Reception Sponsor: $5,000
  • Receive 6 complimentary full conference registrations
  • Your company will sponsor the one of the Exhibitor Receptions
  • All attendees will see your company name in several locations during lunch
  • Half-page ad in conference program

Thursday Evening Dinner Sponsor: $10,000
  • Receive 8 complimentary full conference registrations
  • Your company will sponsor the Thursday evening Dinner
  • All attendees will recognize your company name in several locations around the buffet area; speaking opportunity at the general session
  • Full page ad in conference program

Additional or partial sponsorship opportunities are available such as sponsoring the tour, a break, special session, reception, or other marketing opportunity. 
For more information please contact Steven Manning at 615-969-1309 or steve@ipc-inc.org