Friday, April 23, 2021
Rapid Response-Federal Agency Roles and Responsibilities: NISC Staff have received technical comments on the draft report from USDA agencies and will compile them with reviews from other task team members. Once compiled and reviewed, NISC staff will provide a revised draft to the task team for further discussion.
Rapid Response-Emergency Fund: NISC Staff have received technical comments on the draft report from USDA agencies and will compile them with reviews from other task team members. Once compiled and reviewed, NISC staff will provide a revised draft to the task team for further discussion on finalizing the report for clearance.
eDNA: NISC staff have reached out to each member agency represented on the task team to determine their clearance process for the white paper. The process will likely include two stages: a technical peer review as required by several agencies (~6 weeks) followed by an agency policy/leadership review (~3-4 weeks). The technical paper (which serves as the basis for the white paper) has been accepted for publication by the Management of Biological Invasions journal based on responses to the peer review process.
Wildland Fire and Invasive Species (NISC/WFLC): Based on input from the small writing team, NISC staff have revised the goals and opportunities section of the task team report. A meeting with the task team is being scheduled to finalize that portion, which will then be distributed to the full task team for consideration.
Information Management: NISC staff are organizing a follow-up meeting of federal experts on invasive species data and information to build on initial discussions in March. Discussion will address how to best advise the work of the USDA National Agriculture Library on invasivespeciesinfo.gov, as well as engagement with non-federal initiatives. Representation from additional federal programs is welcome. Please forward names of any interested individuals and initiatives to Kelsey Brantley.
Crosscut Budget: NISC Staff continues preparations for the annual Crosscut Budget Report. In addition to FY 2020 Actual, FY 2021 Enacted and FY 2022 President’s Budget expenditures, this year’s exercise will include invasive species-related spending from COVID-19 appropriations. Formal requests for data will be distributed after the President’s Budget is released and introductions between Principals and NISC Staff have taken place.
Science and Technology
Epanchin‐Niell R, et al. 2021. Public contributions to early detection of new invasive pests. Conservation Science and Practice. e422, https://doi.org/10.1111/csp2.422
Abstract: Early detection of new invasive pest incursions enables faster management responses and more successful outcomes. Formal surveillance programs—such as agency‐led pest detection surveys—are thus key components of domestic biosecurity programs for managing invasive species. Independent sources of pest detection, such as members of the public and farm operators, also contribute to early detection efforts, but their roles are less understood. To assess the relative contributions of different detection sources, we compiled a novel dataset comprising reported detections of new plant pests in the US from 2010 through 2018 and analyze when, where, how, and by whom pests were first detected. While accounting for uncertainties arising from data limitations, we find that agency‐led activities detected 32–56% of new pests, independent sources detected 27–60%, and research/extension detected 8–17%. We highlight the value of independent sources in detecting high impact pests, diverse pest types, and narrowly distributed pests—with contributions comparable with agency‐led surveys. However, in the US, independent sources detect a smaller proportion of new pests than in New Zealand. We suggest opportunities to further leverage independent pest detection sources, including by citizen science, landscaping contractors, and members of the public.
Ricciardi A, et al. 2021. Four Priority areas to advance invasion science in the face of rapid environmental change. Environmental Reviews. https://doi.org/10.1139/er-2020-0088
Abstract: Unprecedented rates of introduction and spread of non-native species pose burgeoning challenges to biodiversity, natural resource management, regional economies, and human health. Current biosecurity efforts are failing to keep pace with globalization, revealing critical gaps in our understanding and response to invasions. Here, we identify four priority areas to advance invasion science in the face of rapid global environmental change.
Note the official Canadian Science Publishing link to the article is broken, however a preprint draft is available here.
UMass Information Resource on Northeast Regional Effort on Invasive Species and Climate Change (RISCC) Management: An emerging initiative of the Northeast Climate Science Center aims to develop management-relevant research to improve invasive species management in the face of climate change. Through working groups, information sharing and targeted research, this project addresses the information needs of invasive species managers in the context of climate change. RISCC Management is collaboratively led by the Department of Interior Northeast Climate Science Center, the New York Invasive Species Research Institute, and the University of Massachusetts to address the question “How can we manage for upcoming biological invasions in the light of climate change?” The working group combines climate and invasive species scientists with invasive species managers and policy makers from the northeast to promote a two-way dialogue to 1) share regional knowledge about current management strategies and scientific insights; and 2) identify and address planning and information needs of managers related to invasive species and climate change.
SAVE THE DATE: Pacific Regional Invasive Species and Climate Change Management Webinar: Thursday, May 6, 2021 at 2-3:30 PM HST. The webinar will feature the Pacific Drought Knowledge Exchange Project with speakers Ryan Longman (East-West Center) and Sierra McDaniel (Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park). Information on registration coming soon.
Meeting and Conference Calendar
(NOTE: Events may be held virtually, rescheduled or cancelled due to COVID-19.)
Society for the Study of Marine Bioinvasions (SSMB) International Conference XI: Annapolis, MD, May 10-14, 2022 (in-person). Hosted by the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center’s Marine Invasions Lab. Information on meeting themes, guest speakers, special events, student travel funds, and local attractions will be posted on our website over the coming months at www.marinebioinvasions.info.
2021 North American Invasive Species Forum: May 18-20, 2021 (virtual). The North American Invasive Species Forum is an international event encompassing the interests of professionals and organizations involved in invasive species management, research, and regulation across North America. The Forum will bring together the international invasive species community and will highlight new research, emerging issues, success stories and prevention and response initiatives from across Canada, Mexico and the U.S., and also build on the previous North American Invasive Species Forum held in 2017. The Canadian Council on Invasive Species is hosting this Forum with the support of, and guidance from, an international steering committee representing the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.
Invasive Species Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon: May 20, 2021 (virtual). Learn to edit Wikipedia and help improve articles about invasive species. The event will begin with an introduction and information about the Information Center and invasive species from Joyce Bolton, head of the National Invasive Species Information Center, and other guest speakers from USDA. Jamie Flood, Wikipedian-in-residence of National Agricultural Library and Ariel Cetrone of Wikimedia D.C. will lead a one-hour training on Wikipedia editing. The rest of the day will be spent updating invasive species articles on Wikipedia. During the event, experienced editors and Invasive Species experts will be on hand to assist and answer questions.
Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force (ANSTF) Meeting: June 28-30, 2021 (virtual). The meeting will be held in the afternoon each day (ET). Details forthcoming.
NAISMA Annual Conference: September 27-30, 2021 (virtual and in-person). This year’s conference will focus on transboundary cooperation. The agenda to be released May 2021.
California Invasive Plant Council (Cal-IPC) Symposium: October 26-29, 2021 (virtual). Call for abstracts is now open for this year’s symposium, “Expanding Community to Protect Biodiversity”, celebrates Cal-IPC's 30-year anniversary. Deadline for abstracts is July 15. 2021.
Registration (opens in May): https://www.cal-ipc.org/resources/symposium/
Alaska Invasive Species Workshop: November 3-4, 2021; Anchorage, AK (in-person and online). Sponsored by the Alaska Invasive Species Partnership. More information on registration and submitting abstracts will be provided in the coming weeks at https://uaf.edu/ces/invasives/akisp/
Western Weed Coordinating Committee (WWCC) Annual Meeting: December 7-9, 2021; Denver, CO (in-person w/virtual option). Agenda is currently in development. More details will be provided on the WWCC website as the meeting date approaches.
Society for the Study of Marine Bioinvasions (SSMB) International Conference XI: Annapolis, MD, May 10-14, 2022. Hosted by the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center’s Marine Invasions Lab. Information on meeting themes, guest speakers, special events, student travel funds, and local attractions will be posted on our website over the coming months at www.marinebioinvasions.info.