Wednesday, February 09, 2022
The schedule is set for part one of the National Invasive Species Awareness Week 2022, to be held the week of February 28 to March 04. NISAW was initiated by FICMNEW as National Invasive Weeds Awareness Week in the early 2000's and has since evolved to cover all invasive species. The North American Invasive Species Management Association is the main NISAW sponsor and hosts its website (which was formerly hosted by the University of Georgia).
This information is from NISAW's home page at https://www.nisaw.org (all listed times are central time, and the schedule is subject to change):
Outreach and Communications – NAISMA encourages local, state, and regional organizations to use the FREE NISAW toolkit of outreach and communications resources to raise awareness of local invasive species concerns to elected officials, agency leadership, and the public. NAISMA’s emails, social media posts, and digital advertising campaign aims to reach 500,000 viewers.
Educational Webinars – NAISMA hosts educational webinars on priority invasive species issues the week of NISAW and the 3rd Wednesday of each month. Other organizations may host webinars also. Get more information and register on the NISAW events page.
- Monday, February 28th at 10:00 am central – USGS Decision Science – Modeling and Structured Decision Making
- Tuesday, March 1st at 11:00 am central – Climate Change and Invasive Species
- Wednesday, March 2nd at 11:00 am central – Protect the Uninfested West from Aquatic Invasive Species
- Thursday, March 3rd at 10:00 am central – Managing the Hydrilla River Infestation in the Connecticut River
- Thursday, March 3rd at 12:00 pm central – Pacific Green Crab Management
- Friday, March 4th at 11:00 am central – Firewood Rules, Certifications, and Recommendations across the USA
Congressional Briefings – NISAW provides an opportunity for organizations to hold formal briefings for Congressional staff to educate and inform on a specific topic or bill.
Individual Meetings – NISAW provides an opportunity for individuals and organizations to meet with elected officials and agency leadership to communicate priorities for invasive species legislation, funding, policy, and management.
Social Media – NAISMA will collaborate with members, partners, and like-minded organizations to arrange social media events during the week of NISAW to raise awareness of the economic and ecological impacts of invasive species.