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Blog from May, 2018

Our regularly scheduled FICMNEW public meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 30th, 2:30 pm ET/1:30 pm CT/12:30 pm MT. Also note that you can go to the homepage of the FICMNEW web site to see announcements of presentations.

Call-in Information
Call -in number: 1-646-558-8656

Meeting ID: 140898520#

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android:

Title: Unicorn Caught? A Presentation of the Results from CD3/Wildlife Forever Waterless Cleaning Station Pilot

Ed Rudberg, CEO of CD3 will be presenting.

Due to the high cost of high pressure, heated water decontamination, reducing the spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS) often relies upon the adoption of best management practices at the individual level. Public institutions and non-profits do a fantastic job at education and outreach on invasive species. However, often communication is not enough to realize the behavior change necessary to adequately reduce the spread of AIS. Tools to implement best management practices are regularly in the form of innovative products. Thus, in order to innovate around AIS, we need to catch a “unicorn,” the elusive private, public and non-profit partnership. The results of the CD3/Wildlife Forever cleaning station pilot will serve as a case study to show how these partnerships can more effectively address AIS issues.

On May 29, 11:30-12:30 ET, BLM's Steve Popovich will present a Great Basin Fire Science Exchange webinar over-viewing how to inspect agricultural straw bales used for mulch in rehab or restoration projects.

To register go here and click on Register:

Steve's previous Webinars are posted on You tube:  

Weed-free mulch (weed free forage program), unicorns, and other myths:

Weed-free seed, unicorns, and other myths:

Webmaster Joyce Bolton is looking for feedback on the National Invasive Species Information Center web site. The site is going through an upgrade and Joyce would like input on what aspects of the site are most useful from those who use it.

Please send your input to Joyce Bolton at

 Invasive Species Management in the NPS

The new blog posts, at or, summarize two recent NPS reports on Service efforts to address invasive species - animals and plants; both reports reveal shortcomings in NPS efforts. A new report on invasive animals says there are opportunities for the NPS to take a lead in addressing the threat. It suggests ways to provide the needed capacity and to change the agency culture that hampers efforts to realize this ambition. A strategic plan for the NPS Invasive Plant Program was released in December 2016. The Strategic Plan identifies goals and actions to optimize the program’s effectiveness, while increasing program and park capacity and leveraging human and fiscal resources with state, federal, and private entities.

New official web site for the Federal Interagency Committee for the Management of Noxious and Exotic Weeds (FICMNEW)

Visit the new official FICMNEW web site. Find a range of information relevant to invasive plant and noxious weed management. You will also find presentation announcements for public meetings.

This was just released by the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies --- Wildfire and Invasive Plant Species in the Sagebrush Biome: Challenges That Hinder Current and Future Management and Protection.


For those of you dealing with Cooperative Weed Management Areas and/or the Pulling Together Initiative Grant Program, see pages 14-15.