Friday, January 27, 2017

21st Annual Invasive Species Workshop is next week

The 21st Annual Invasive Species Workshop is next week (February 2nd) and we still have a few spots left.  This free workshop offers a full day of presentations and interaction with over 200 of Southwest Florida’s land managers, contractors, consultants and landowners. It is held at Florida Gulf Coast University, inside the student union building. The workshop is free and CEU’s are provided.
Visit  for agenda, registration and other information.  Click on the word “Register” to register.

We are also holding a Silent Auction at the Feb. 2nd workshop to help us establish our not-for-profit organization so we may better advocate for our issues.  Bring your checkbooks or some cash as we have some really great auction items this year!!

This year, we are also partnering with UF/ IFAS to offer a “Management of Invasive Grasses” workshop on Friday, February 3rd.  5 CEUs are available for this workshop.  Register now on Eventbrite

Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to seeing you next week.

Christal Segura
Senior Environmental Specialist
Collier County Conservation Collier Program
Collier County Parks and Recreation
 3300 Santa Barbara Blvd.
Naples, FL 34106
(239) 252-2495 office
(239) 289-3310 cell    


 Erin P. Myers, DVM, MS
Private Lands Biologist
US Fish & Wildlife Service
12085 SR 29 South
Immokalee, FL 34142
239-657-8009 (office)
239-370-6302 (cell)

239-657-8002 (fax)

NC-IPC Annual Symposium

Annual conference: May 26 - 28

Save the date!
NC-IPC Annual Symposium

March 22-23
Elon University
Elon, NC

Early registration is $75.
More info and registration on soon.



Thursday, January 26, 2017

Guide to Preventing Aquatic Invasive Species Transport by Wildland Fire Operations--it's FINAL!

Hey all,
Below is the link to the official 2017 ‘Guide to Preventing Aquatic Invasive Species Transport by Wildland Fire Operations’, approved and posted by the National Wildfire Coordinating Group today. This document is backed by research at San Dimas Technology and Development Center and recent scientific literature, and has been vetted by interagency fire aviation and ground operations groups, as well as invasives scientists. The intent is to provide clear and straight-forward, yet effective, preventative measures and decontamination methods for use in wildland fire operations. I hope this document is helpful, and please let me know if you have questions or comments!


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Cynthia Tait
Regional Aquatic Ecologist
U.S. Forest Service, Intermountain Region
p: 801-625-5358
f: 801-625-5756
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FL CEU opportunity and climate change symposium at UF in Davie

Please contact Dr. Lyn Gettys with questions ~
Office 954-577-6331; Cell 561-301-6614;
The University of Florida/IFAS Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center is hosting two concurrent events on February 7 and 8. The South Region Natural Resources IST and CEU day is a half-day event on the morning of Wednesday February 8, while the Marine Restoration, Climate Change and Sea Level Rise Symposium is a two-day event. Please see below for descriptions of each event. Seating is limited at these events so be sure to register today!

South Region Natural Resources IST and CEU day
This event will be held on Wednesday, February 8 from 8:00am until 12:15pm at the UF/IFAS FLREC located at 3205 College Ave. in Davie. This training will focus on invasive species in south Florida's aquatic and natural areas. Topics include invasive plant identification, managing algae, herbicides used for vegetation management in aquatic and natural areas, and integrated pest management of exotic weeds. FDACS has approved the following CEUs for this event:
AQ, PVT or R & D: 4.5
NA or ROW: 2.5
Maximum CEUs for the session = 4.5

Marine restoration, climate change and sea level rise symposium
The goal of this two-day symposium is to introduce interested parties to South Florida’s diverse ecosystems and some of the unique challenges associated with the region. Two concurrent tracks will be offered on each day of this event and attendees may switch between tracks during breaks if desired. Programming for Day 1 runs from 1pm until 5pm on Tuesday, February 7 and will focus on habitat restoration and enhancement in freshwater (track 1) or marine/saltwater (track 2) aquatic systems. Day 2 starts at 8am on Wednesday, February 8 and will offer hot topics in invasive species (track 1) or climate change and sea level rise (track 2). The invasive species track will cover Florida’s most troublesome plants, animals, and insects on land and in the water, while the climate change and sea level rise track will focus on coastal resiliency planning. Day 2 will conclude with a catered social on-site at FLREC so attendees and speakers can mix, mingle and network before leaving for the night. Individuals that register for this symposium can earn CEUs as described above if they attend the invasive species track on Wednesday morning.

Lyn Gettys, PhD
Assistant Professor – Aquatic and Wetland Plant Science
University of Florida Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center
3205 College Ave - Davie FL 33314
Office 954-577-6331; Cell 561-301-6614
Fax 954-475-4125;

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UF|IFAS Aquatic Weed Control Short Course
May 8-11, 2017 – Coral Springs FL

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

USDA Announces $252 Million Available for Regional Conservation Partnership Program

From: Greis, Anna L -FS
Sent: Friday, January 13, 2017 9:30 AM
FYI- This is a large funding source for on-the-ground work. If you are looking for funding sources for invasives and other forest health projects I recommend trying for this program. There is a longleaf pine project that was funded in 2016. For ideas of what is funded: Attached is the RCPP project summaries from 2015 and here is a link for 2016 projects:

Pre-proposals are due April 21st.


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Anna Greis
Acting Invasive Plant Program Manager

Washington Office, State and Private Forestry,
Forest Health Protection

(703) 605-5344

201 14th St. SW
Washington, DC 20250

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USDA Announces $252 Million Available for

Regional Conservation Partnership Program

USDA invites potential conservation partners, including private industry, non-government organizations, Indian tribes, state and local governments, water districts, and universities to submit project applications for federal funding through RCPP.
NRCS will award up to $252 million dollars to locally driven, public-private partnerships that improve the nation’s water quality, combat drought, enhance soil health, support wildlife habitat, and protect agricultural viability. 
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An opportunity to raise $ for your Invasive Plant Council

Greetings colleagues,

Last year, Cal-IPC organized Team Run Wild for the San Francisco Marathon in July as a fundraiser for our work. It was a lot of fun and it was effective as a fundraiser (and as an awareness builder). So we’re doing it again this year, and we thought we’d reach out to NAIPC partners to see if you want to join in and use it as a fundraiser for your organization. For any runners you recruit from your state to join Team Run Wild, half of all money they raise will go to your IPC or EPPC.

I’m attaching a flyer letting you know how it works. We have half-marathon bibs as well as full-marathon. All you need to do is spread the word throughout your network to find any runners who might want to visit San Francisco for the marathon and use it as a fundraiser to support your conservation work. We handle the rest.

At this point we’ve already got a runner from Florida signed up and raising funds! It would be great to have more. Please do get the word out to your people, and let me know if you have any questions. Thanks!


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Doug Johnson, Executive Director
California Invasive Plant Council
510.843.3902 x302

Monday, January 23, 2017

See it? Report it! Washington Launches an Updated Invasive Species Reporting App

For release: January 23, 2017
Contact: Justin Bush, Invasive Species Council executive coordinator, 360-902-3088
Susan Zemek, communications manager, 360-902-3081

See it? Report it!
Washington Launches an Updated Invasive Species Reporting App
OLYMPIA – Who should you tell if you reel in a strange fish, find a new plant taking over in your yard or local park, spot a strange insect in your firewood or see a feral pig while recreating in the backcountry?

Figuring that out just got easier with an updated app from the Washington Invasive Species Council that lets you report unusual sightings on your smartphone or computer.
Within a few minutes of sighting an invasive species, a photograph, geographic coordinates and sighting information can be entered and made available immediately with an automated alert to the council and its network of experts.

“This streamlined process will enable invasive species managers in Washington State to more quickly respond to new invasive species sightings,” said Justin Bush, executive coordinator of the Washington Invasive Species Council. “When it comes to successfully eradicating invasive species, early detection and a rapid response is key.”

Invasive species and noxious weeds outcompete native plants and animals, interfere with commercial harvest and result in millions of dollars in costs to control and undo damages. Nationally, invasive species cost more than $137 billion annually through crop damage, fisheries reduction, forest health impacts and management.

Once experts verify a mobile app report, it becomes part of the Early Detection and Distribution Mapping System (EDDMapS), from the University of Georgia’s Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health. EDDMapS is a Web-based mapping system that provides real time tracking of invasive species occurrences, and local and national distribution maps, available for viewing at EDDMapS contains more than 3 million invasive species occurrence reports made by 35,000 users across North America. This comprehensive view of invasive species locations helps to guide policy, research and decisions at local and international levels.

“EDDMapS aggregates data from many sources, professional and citizen scientists alike, through bulk data uploads, Web reports and smartphone reports into a database,” said Chuck Bargeron, associate director for invasive species and information technology at the University of Georgia Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health.

The technology could be valuable for a regional initiative to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive mussels in the Pacific Northwest and western Canada, said Matt Morrison, executive director of the Pacific NorthWest Economic Region. The organization is working to combat invasive quagga and zebra mussels. Since the late 1980s, these destructive and persistent aquatic invasive species have infested waterways across the United States and often are transported on boat hulls.
“A reporting app that jurisdictions can use to pinpoint suspected invasive species incursions on a large-scale distribution map will be a major boon to regional mussel prevention and response efforts,” Morrison said. “Recent findings of mussel larvae in Montana–less than 75 miles from the Columbia River watershed–bring home the need for widespread invasive species monitoring and data-sharing technology.”

“Preventing the introduction of invasive species in Washington state and the region is everyone’s responsibility,” Bush said. “The app is another tool to prevent invasive species introductions. You can start tracking invasive species today by visiting the Google Play Store and Apple iTunes App Store and searching for WA Invasives.”

Launch of the NAISMA Online IVS Management Training

Subject: Global Announcement - Launch of the NAISMA Online Invasive Species
                Management Training Program – February 6, 2017
IVS Colleagues Worldwide

Over the past 10 years, my wife Becky and I have developed and offered a series of six online Invasive Species Management Training Courses that cover all aspects of IVS Management – from Regulatory Exclusion at Ports of Entry to EDRR and Long Term Control.  The courses were offered as part of Becky’s Community College Environmental Science Technology Program here in southeastern North Carolina, until her recent retirement.  The courses include:
-          IVS 110 - Introduction to Invasive Species
          IVS 210 – Overview of IVS Management Strategies
          IVS 211 – Overview of Federal, State, and Local IVS Management Programs
          IVS 220 – Invasive Plant Survey Methods (With Field Lab Component)
          IVS 221 – Invasive Plant Control Methods
          IVS 260 - State Pesticide Exam Preparation
The courses are based primarily on the concepts I learned as a Federal IVS Prevention Specialist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture - Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA APHIS) and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) from 1979-2012. 

We are now offering these online courses in association with the
North American Invasive Species Management Association (NAISMA).  Students who complete the six course program will earn a Certificate of Invasive Species Management from NAISMA.  This new partnership with NAISMA provides a very unique opportunity for training IVS field personnel – and an opportunity to network with professional IVS field specialists worldwide.

Program Launch Date:  The first semester of courses will begin on Monday, February 6, 2017, with a completion date on Friday, May 26, 2017.  Summer 2017 Semester courses will begin shortly after that in early June, 2017.

Program Costs:  The cost of each course will be $100/Credit Hour (IVS 110, 210, 211, 221 – 3 Credits each; IVS 220 – 4 Credits; IVS 260 – 1 Credit), for a total of $1,700.00 for all six courses.  Students may take one or more courses per semester, as desired.
Note: Each course will be graded on a Pass-Fail basis (Pass = 70 or Above).  The last course in the series (IVS 260 – State Pesticide Exam Preparation) may be exempted if a student already holds a current State/Provincial Pesticide License. 

Link to Program Page:  Click on the link below for more information about the program, including an outline of each course and a registration link.

Please pass this announcement on to all field personnel who would benefit from taking these Professional Development Courses.  E-mail or call us directly if more information concerning the program is needed.


Randy G. Westbrooks

Randy G. Westbrooks, Ph.D.
NAISMA Online IVS Program Developer/Director/Instructor

Chadbourn, North Carolina - USA
Cell Phone: 910-918-6374

Friday, January 20, 2017

Monthly Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area (CISMA) Online Meetings

December's Florida CISMA Call is Cancelled! 

Monthly Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area (CISMA) Online Meetings
hosted by Florida Invasive Species Partnership (FISP)
Participation is voluntary, we promise it will only last 1 hour, and we can guarantee that you will enjoy the conversations

Wednesday, January 25th at 1:30 pm EST–

  • News you can use: Selling Sustainability - Laura Warner
  • CISMA Update: Southwest Florida CISMA update - Christal Segura
  • Shout Outs: First call of the year, FLEPPC CISMA Session topics, NISAW, Annual CISMA Lead Refresher Course, Upcoming and recent FISP/CISMA events.
Firstly I want to thank everyone for not participating in November and December's CISMA calls. Your lack of participation successfully cancelled both calls. I hope everyone enjoyed the break. Now back to our regularly scheduled programming. Many thanks to everyone that keeps these calls going. With the new platform we will maintain our improved call agenda of:
  • Longer Technical Presentations!
  • One CISMA Update per call
  • Shout outs for upcoming or recently completed events
We will continue:
  • using a new PowerPoint theme to match our fabulous new logo (thanks again Sarah Jean Swain!).
  • recording all things audio and visual for posterity to be posted on the FISP Youtube page for all to enjoy. 
  • hosting the calls on Adobe Connect. 
I hope everyone is having a wonderful Friday. I am sure everyone worked hard all week and is looking forward to the first CISMA call of 2017. I want to thank everyone again for helping to successfully cancel the last two month's CISMA calls. I couldn't have done it without you. The technical presenter for this month is Laura Warner. She will be presenting on Selling Sustainability. I am really looking forward to this presentation. Christal Segura will be giving the CISMA update on the Southwest Florida CISMA. After such a long hiatus I am sure there are so many updates to hear.

 I want to thank everyone that has entered their quarterly CISMA events into the new Google form! Today is the deadline to enter October-Decemeber 2016 events if you want them included in the FISP Outreach Quarterly eNewsletter. The new Google form is now located on the Success Stories page of the FISP website along with the live Google sheet the form populates. These have been posted for your convenience. You can report at any time of the quarter and check to see what has been reported to avoid double postings. I also want to remind everyone that the CISMA calendars are there for you to advertise CISMA events. Enjoy your weekend and I hope to see you on next week's call!
CISMA Monthly Calls: If you would like to see any past calls, please check them out on the FISP website here
CISMA Listserv: Here is the link to the CISMA listerv if you want to join.
FISP List: Here is the link to the FISP List if you want to join.
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TNC: 1-866-385-9623
Conference Code: 751 091 0623
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