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Blog from July, 2018


The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is scheduling additional webinar “Help Sessions” to assist anyone who is planning to submit a suggestion to the Plant Pest and Disease Management and Disaster Prevention Program (PPDMDPP) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 funding consideration. The seven week suggestion open period began July 2 and will continue through August 17, 2018.

FY 2019, there is $75 million available with at least $5 million going to the National Clean Plant Network (NCPN). The open period for submitting NCPN project suggestions will be announced separately.

Information about the FY 2019 open period is available on the APHIS Web site. Webinar dates and log-in information, which is also posted on the APHIS Web site, are as follows:

 The audio toll-free call-in for all sessions is: 1-888-844-9904; Access Code: 7673969

 We will host these Webinars on CISCO Webex. Please be aware that you do not need to install the Webex add-on to view the presentation. Instead, you can run the temporary application by selecting the following options:

 When you see the prompt: “Select Install or Allow to install the CISCO Webex add-on. Having trouble joining? Go here.” Click the “Go here” link.

 When you see the prompt: “Having trouble joining? Try one of these options,” Select the first option: “Run a temporary application to join this meeting immediately.” 

 Please send question to:

News on control of buckthorn, knotweeds, tansy ragwort, and more.

The International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) has posted its draft Strategic Framework for 2020-2030. APHIS invites stakeholders to provide comments on the document by August 1, 2018.

Instructions for Submitting Comments

The draft Strategic Framework for 2020-2030 is available on the IPPC website.

Comments should fall into one of three categories: substantial, technical, or editorial. Please provide alternative wording and a justification for any suggested amendments. Please send your comments by August 1, 2018, to:

Stephanie Dubon

International Phytosanitary Standards Deputy Technical Director

APHIS will review your comments and contact you if clarification is needed.

If you represent an association, please distribute this message to your membership.

Thank you in advance for your participation in this review process.

Please join us for the next FICMNEW meeting (2018-07-25, 2:30ET, 12:30MT). There will be two presentations:

1) Weed Risk Assessments as Tools for Categorizing and Quantifying the Invasiveness of Plant Species, by Anthony L. Koop, Plant Ecologist, Plant Epidemiology and Risk Analysis Laboratory, Plant Protection and Quarantine, USDA.

2) Quantifying and ranking weed impacts for prioritizing management, by Dean Pearson, PhD, Research Ecologist, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Forest Service, USDA.

Call-in Information

Call -in number: 1-646-558-8656

Meeting ID: 140898520#

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

2018-07-19 – Announcement courtesy of Samantha Simon and Matthew Higdon: 
There are two open NEPA Specialist positions at the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), in Knoxville or Chattanooga (based on the preference of the selected individuals). Applications are due July 25, 2018, and are accepted through TVA’s Careers website, rather than, at the following link:

TVA is a corporate agency of the United States government and receives no taxpayer funding, deriving virtually all of its revenues from sales of electricity. TVA offers leave, retirement and health benefits like other Federal agencies. If selected for the position, individuals who are currently Federal employees may transfer to TVA and maintain their current retirement and leave benefits (if there is no break in service). Unlike other agencies, however, TVA does not use the General Schedule pay tables. TVA offers competitive salaries determined by market pricing and the qualifications of individuals. 

At the Western Governors' Association Webinar held on Thursday, June 12, Governor Ige of Hawaii announced a new WGA Biosecurity and Invasive Species Initiative, and a recording of the webinar is available here. Additional related information and upcoming biodiversity and invasive species workshops are here below:

WGA Press Release on Data Management:

WGA Data Recommendations:

National Invasive Species Council Secretariat Guidance for improving access to and analysis of invasive species information:

Upcoming WGA Biodiversity and Invasive Species Workshops:

  • Lake Tahoe, NV, September 17-18
    • Topic: Prevention, Control, and Management of Established Species
  • Cheyenne, WY, October 11-12
    • Topic: Restoration
  • Helena, MT, November 14
    • Topic: Early Detection and Rapid Response
  • Kona Coast, HI, December 9-10
    • Topic: Biosecurity and Agriculture

Guidelines for invasive species planning and management on islands, edited by Alan Tye, is the new library publication from the World Conservation Union (IUCN). It is available for download here:


‘Invasive species’ (often called pests, weeds and diseases) are plants, animals, disease agents and other organisms taken beyond their natural range by people, deliberately or unintentionally, and which become destructive to the environment or human livelihoods. Islands are particularly vulnerable to invasive species, owing to the evolution of their native animals and plants in isolation from predators and diseases, and the dependence of island peoples on imports, travel and tourism, which lead to high rates of arrival of new pests. These Guidelines are designed to assist anyone planning and programming the management of invasive species on islands, with the aim of reducing the negative impacts of invasives on islands’ rich and fragile natural heritage, communities and livelihoods. The document provides guidance for anyone who has to find, plan and prioritise funds and resources for invasive species management and research, on islands anywhere, including for the design of national invasive species strategies and action plans. It provides support for islanders and island agencies working on invasive species, as well as guidance for international and regional agencies in providing assistance to them. A major aim is to help and guide the development of more objective, realistic and achievable invasive species plans and programmes.

2018-07-10: Sign up for a 12-July Webinar at 3:30 PM ET. WGA Chair and Hawaii Gov. David Ige will highlight the importance of invasive species management in the West and announce the locations of regional workshops as part of his Chairman's Initiative during a webinar this Thursday. Leaders in invasive species data management will also discuss WGA's Invasive Species Data Management Protocol, a new effort to improve the interagency exchange of invasive species occurrence data in the West. Learn more and register now.