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Blog from January, 2022

Tuesday, January 25, 2022

The U.S. Department of the Interior, on behalf of the interdepartmental National Invasive Species Council (NISC), proposes to appoint new members to the Invasive Species Advisory Committee (ISAC). The Secretary of the Interior, acting as administrative lead, is requesting nominations for qualified persons to serve as members of the ISAC.

Nominations must be received by March 28, 2022, and should be sent to invasive_species@ios.doi.gov.

"Prospective members of ISAC must have knowledge in the prevention, eradication, and/or control of invasive species, as well as demonstrate a high degree of capacity for: Advising individuals in leadership positions, teamwork, project management, tracking relevant Federal government programs and policy making procedures, and networking with and representing their peer-community of interest. ISAC members need not be scientists. Membership from a wide range of disciplines and professional sectors is encouraged.

At this time, we are particularly interested in applications from representatives of: Non-federal government agencies ( e.g., state, territorial, tribal, local); academia, research institutions, and scientific societies; the private sector and industry/trade associations; conservation and land management organizations; landowners, farmers, ranchers, foresters, and other resource users; public health specialists; education and outreach specialists; regional organizations; and citizen scientists, recreationists, and other public interest groups. Additionally, ISAC membership will include one representative from each of the following organizations, serving in a non-voting ex officio capacity: The Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (AFWA); the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD); the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA); the National Plant Board (NPB); the Native American Fish and Wildlife Society (NAFWS); and the North American Invasive Species Management Association (NAISMA)."

More details are available on the Federal Register's Website:

https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2022/01/25/2022-01390/invasive-species-advisory-committee-request-for-nominations

Tuesday, January 25, 2022

This job is located in Sundance, WY in the northeastern part of the state near the Black Hills National Forest. Note that the position will be open until filled.

If you have questions concerning the position, please contact Wade Dennis (District Board Chairman) at wadedennis3813@yahoo.com



Tuesday, January 25, 2022


The US-FWS' Wildlife and Sportfish Restoration Program is seeking qualified personnel to serve on one of six Judging Panels for the upcoming Theodore Roosevelt Genius Prize Competitions. Judging Panels will be comprised of 10-15 volunteers.


If interested, please submit to Stephanie Rickabaugh at trgenius@fws.gov (with subject line: "TRG-Judge Nominee - (add nominee last name)"), before February 04, , 2022:

  • The name of the judge nominee and contact information
  • Their position and agency/affiliation
  • Their position title, program they work in and supervisor contact information
  • Which of the six Judging Panels you qualify and by number, which expertise you fulfill
  • A few sentences describing their expertise/qualifications/experience

Background

The Prize competitions encourage technological innovation with the potential to advance the mission of the Service in the following areas of concern:
1) preventing wildlife poaching and trafficking,
2) promoting wildlife conservation,
3) managing invasive species,
4) protecting endangered species,
5) managing nonlethal human-wildlife conflict, and
6) reducing human-predator conflict.  


This is the first round of competitions, so estimating the judge’s workload is not possible at this time.

Requirements for selection in two of the panels: 

Managing Invasive Species Judging Panel

  1. At least 10 years of experience (including current involvement) in studying or implementing invasive species management.
  2. At least 10 years of experience (including current involvement) in studying or implementing invasive species management.
  3. Documented expertise in invasive species control.
  4. Strong understanding of common challenges to invasive species eradication.
  5. Broad geographic and taxonomic familiarity with invasive species impacts in the United States.
  6. Past or present membership in an invasive species coordinating body or association (e.g., state or federal invasive species council).

Nonlethal Human-Wildlife Conflict Judging Panel

  1. Experience working with nonlethal human-wildlife conflict.
  2. Experience with toxicants as they relate to human-wildlife conflict.
  3. Experience with extractive industries as they relate to human-wildlife conflict.
  4. Knowledge of human behavior as it relates to human-wildlife conflict.
  5. Ability to consider diverse perspectives around wildlife sustainable use and conservation.
  6. A least five years of expertise in wildlife conservation advocacy—NGO or Tribal, federal, or state agency.


Friday, January 14, 2022

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Sustainable Summits: Managing Public Access for the Protection of Rare Plant Communities 

The Natural Areas Association (NAA) and the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation - Natural Heritage Program will host a VIRTUAL professional training on managing sensitive natural communities concurrently for biodiversity conservation and public access.

Sustainable Summits Managing Public Access for the Protection of Rare Plant Communities is a compact, interactive, virtual field workshop that will include expert-led discussions in connection to three high-elevation sites with frequent public access in Virginia: Buffalo Mountain Natural Area PreserveBull Run Mountain Natural Area Preserve, and The Channels Natural Area Preserve. Along with the natural history, the field workshop will explore innovative stewardship strategies for mitigating the effects of public access to rare plant communities on public lands.

Filmed during an in-person field workshop in September 2021, the virtual field workshop will feature opportunities for collaboration and networking among land managers, ecologists, and outdoor recreation experts from around North America.

Agenda

12:00 pm - 12:10 pm EST       Welcome & Opening Remarks 

12:10 pm - 12:30 pm EST       Stewarding Virginia's Natural Area Preserve System: 25 Years of Balancing Resource Protection with Public Access 

12:30 pm - 1:00 pm EST         Public access management at Buffalo Mountain Natural Area Preserve: Balancing Sustainable Visitation & Biodiversity Conservation 

1:00 pm - 1:20 pm EST           Restoration Challenges of a Mountaintop Natural Community at Bull Run Mountains Natural Area Preserve in Northern Virginia 

1:20 pm - 1:40 pm EST          Public Access Management of a Geologically Unique Heath Bald in the Southern Appalachians

1:40 pm - 1:55 pm EST.         Open Discussion - How are YOU dealing with these issues? 

1:55 pm - 2:00 pm EST.         Conclusion 

Registration:

Member: $29

Nonmember: $49

NAA is committed to getting important conservation science into the hands of those who need it, and a lack of funding should not get in the way. If you or your organization cannot support your registration for this event, please contact us

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Speakers

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RYAN KLOPF, PH.D.

Natural Areas Association Board Member
Regional Supervisor
Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation - Natural Heritage Program

MICHAEL LOTT

Northern Region Steward / Regional Supervisor

Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation - Natural Heritage Program

RICK MYERS, PH.D.

Natural Areas Stewardship Manager 
Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation - Natural Heritage Program

WES PAULOS

Natural Areas Public Access Steward
Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation - Natural Heritage Program

CLAIBORNE WOODALL

Regional Supervisor / Western Fire Manager
Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation - Natural Heritage Program

JOE VILLARI

Preserve Manager
Virginia Outdoors Foundation


BLM Job Opening
Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Natural Resources Specialist (Weeds)
This position is located within the BLM Oregon, Northwestern Division.

Location negotiable at the time of selection, however, duty location will be in either Oregon or Washington.

Advertised salary range is from the 2022 General Schedule (GS) Locality Pay Table for the "Rest of the United States." For more information, please see the salary tables at:
https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/pay-leave/salaries-wages/2022/general-schedule/


www.usajobs.gov