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Thursday, July 8th, 2021

1) FICMNEW Public Meetings Restart on a Quarterly Basis - Presentation Thursday, July 29, 1:00 - 2:30 pm EDT / 11:00 am - 12:30 pm MDT

Please join us for the restart of FICMNEW public meetings. They will be held quarterly beginning Thursday, July 29, 1:00 - 2:30 pm EDT / 11:00 am - 12:30 pm MDT. Meeting will include a 30-45 minute presentation and Q&A on a topic of interest to the invasive plant and noxious weed management community and will be followed by sharing of information among participants to facilitate working together on management, tool development, training and learning opportunities, and much more.

July presentation:  

USDA Plants Database: New and Improved, Christine Taliga-Burton, Plant Ecologist, National Plant Data Team, USDA, Natural Resources Conservation Service

The much-anticipated release of the USDA PLANTS Database update to version 3 occurred the end of April 2021.  Christine Taliga is a plant ecologist on the National Plant Data Team (NPDT) and will provide an overview of the new website including future areas of design and integration.  The mission of PLANTS is to assist with the integration of Natural Resource based information throughout NRCS and across government agencies, disciplines, and applications.The PLANTS Database, managed by the National Plant Data Team (NPDT), provides standardized information about the vascular plants, mosses, liverworts, hornworts, and lichens of North America north of Mexico and all U.S. territories and protectorates. Vascular plant distributions are mapped at the state and province level, and by U.S. county. The database includes accepted scientific names, plant symbols, checklists, distributional data, nativity, invasive and noxious status sources, species abstracts, characteristics, images, crop information, interactive identification keys, automated tools, references and web links. This information primarily promotes land conservation in the United States and its territories, but academic, educational, and general use is encouraged.


Join by meeting number 

Meeting number (access code): 199 942 9419 

Meeting password: PwMn9WsP2H7   


2) National Park Service (NPS) Integrated Pest Management Virtual Training Series for July

Below is the registration for the July NPS IPM webinar series, which is focused on finishing out the 11-step NPS IPM Process. The last 5 steps cover action thresholds, the IPM toolkit, implementing low-risk highly effective strategies, adaptive management, and outreach & education. 

We are kicking things off with a review of action thresholds from Brent Johnson, the NPS Regional Vegetation Ecologist and Regional IPM Program Manager for Interior Regions 8, 9, 10, & 12!

Listed below are the themes for the upcoming months:

August - More Pest Specifics and ToolsSeptember - Rodent Management

Updated information and links to the recordings, slides, and quizzes can also be found on the public facing website on the NPS Common Learning Portal so feel free to share the link (https://mylearning.nps.gov/training-courses/integrated-pest-management-virtual-training-series/) with partners in the coming days! Or you can find the recordings on the IPM Playlist directly on YouTube here (https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLVTxS3kud19RhQAWh3wlxWSAcAJrzFZbX).

Lastly, feel free to send any questions, or topics and suggestions for future webinars, to this email address, IPM@nps.gov or post them in the IPM Common Learning Portal forum.



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