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Wednesday, August 3, 2022

The Richard King Mellon Foundation has just released a Request for Proposal (RFP) to fund projects designed to slow or stop the spread of harmful invasive plants in the United States, which is DUE SEPTEMBER 9, 2022 at noon, Eastern Time.

This RFP focuses on the following three areas:

  • Strengthening Programs Limiting Invasive Plants in the Nursery Trade and Retail Outlets
  • Promoting Voluntary Efforts Through Outreach and Education
  • Integrating Warming Temperatures and Climate Change into Prevention and Early Detection/Rapid Response

The detailed RFP including who is eligible and how to apply is accessible here.

If you have questions, please contact Nikki Pirain (, Richard King Mellon Foundation.

Tuesday, July 5th, 2022

Members of the Western Governors’ Association (WGA) adopted several three-year policy resolutions during their annual executive session at the end of June, including an update on Biosecurity and Invasive Species Management (see:

Here is a brief summary of many of the points in the new WGA Biosecurity and Invasive Species Management Resolution:

  • Continues the charter of the Western Invasive Species Council
  • Urges Congress and the Administration to support state, territorial, and tribal invasive species prevention, control, and management programs
  • Urges the continued expansion of broad partnerships for invasive species prevention, rapid response, and creative regional approaches for protection and restoration
  • Calls for more federal funding and the development of jurisdiction-directed invasive species programs
  • Requests federal agencies consult with Governors about biosecurity or invasive species management decisions
  • Requests federal agencies set up points of contact for state and other officials to coordinate implementation of cross-boundary invasive species management programs
  • Requests that invasive species prevention programs be coordinated across state, national, and international organizations
  • Supports the National EDRR framework as a method to limit or eliminate new introduction and calls for additional funding for jurisdiction-led rapid response programs
  • Calls for federal support for and approval of biocontrol control organisms, through funding, research, and training.
  • States that the NPS and BLM should be vested with clear authority to manage watercraft upon their departure from zebra- and quagga-mussel-infested waterbodies under federal jurisdiction
  • Supports integrated pest management, biocontrol, outcome-based grazing, and targeted grazing to combat invasive annual grasses at a regional level
  • Calls for maintaining federal quarantines on pests that have not yet reached the West and inspection of baggage moving from the contiguous U.S. to non-contiguous areas
  • Supports the development and implementation of best practices for conducting eDNA monitoring, and EDRR for all positive detection results.
  • Asks federal government to expand the taxonomic scope of the Lacey Act to benefit U.S. biosecurity
  • Supports efforts to standardize and centralize invasive species occurrence data, streamline the exchange of data between the nation’s major invasive species data aggregators
  • Calls for invasive annual grass management regimes with proactive and adaptive management, including landscape scale approaches, fuel treatments, and defensive prevention

The Western Governors meet semiannually to enact new policy resolutions and amend existing resolutions. WGA resolutions are in effect for three years and then expire or are renewed.

The WGA biosecurity and invasive species management resolution and their other policy resolutions can be accessed from this webpage:

Wednesday, June 15, 2022

The Weed Science Society of America is in the process of revising and updating the WSSA Herbicide Handbook (last published in 2014).  Dr. Travis Gannon is leading the editorial process with the assistance of other committee members from Industry and Academia.

The WSSA Herbicide Handbook committee is seeking a motivated individual to assist with herbicide entry editing and updating.  Updates will include technical and grammatical as well as formatting updates.  Experience with InDesign is preferred but not required.  The timeframe for the position will be from spring 2022 through fall 2022.

Salary: commensurate with experience.

Interested individuals should contact Dr. Travis Gannon at the contact information provided below:

Travis Gannon

NC State University


Friday, May 13, 2022

On May 12, the North American Plant Protection Organization (NAPPO) posted on its website the draft NAPPO Strategic Plan for consultation (review and commenting). APHIS is inviting U.S. stakeholders to submit comments on the draft by June 8, to its Plant Protection and Quarantine Program (PPQ).

NAPPO provides a collaborative forum for public and private sectors in Canada, the United States and Mexico for the protection of agricultural, environmental, forest, and other plant resources from plant pests. A plant pest is an insect, weed, fungus, virus, bacteria, or other organism that can directly or indirectly injure or cause damage to a plant or plant product.

For a copy the draft NAPPO strategic plan, and specific instructions for submitting comments to PPQ on the NAPPO documents, visit the NAPPO consultation website. Comments should fall into one of three categories: substantial, technical, or editorial. Please provide alternative wording and a justification for any suggested amendments.

For more information, contact PPQ’s NAPPO Technical Director, Stephanie Dubon, at

May 4th, 2022

Using appropriations to the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (Public Law 117-58, also referred to as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), in collaboration with other U.S. Department of the Interior bureaus, is providing grants to support implementation of measures that prevent the introduction or spread of invasive species.   

Proposals are requested that advance strategic, ecologically-based, landscape-level prevention measures. Landscape-level approaches are those that bring together multiple geographies, sectors, and stakeholders to protect and conserve natural resources on a larger scale.  

Total funding available is $1,852,550. The USFWS anticipates funding one to four projects, ranging between $200,000 and $1,852,550. Proposals are due June 22, 2022. The anticipated award date is August 2022.  

Additional details can be found in the Notice of Funding Opportunity on, Number F22AS00320.   

Please direct questions to Susan Pasko, Division of Fish and Aquatic Conservation, USFWS HQ - MS:FAC, 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041-3803, 703-358-2466,

Wednesday, April 20

The overall intent of this workshop is to provide key stewardship recommendations for Rejuvra before the upcoming season, and hear about some of the larger scale collaborative invasive grass programs in the west such as Boulder and Sublette counties.  The registration link is below for anyone who would like to join. 

 You’re invited to our herbicide workshop: Restoring Invasive Annual Grass-Dominated Rangeland for the Long Haul with Rejuvra Herbicide!

 As you gear up for the 2022 season, join Bayer and Derek Sebastian on Friday, April 29 at 9 - 10:30 a.m. MT for this informational workshop designed to answer many of your Rejuvra-related questions. Topics to be covered:

  • key application recommendations
  • stewardship recommendations
  • operational learnings
  • and return on investment for livestock producers

 Sign up for the free workshop now to learn more about restoring range for the long haul. Hope to see you there!

 Register for the webinar >

Derek Sebastian

Vegetation Management Territory Manager (CO, WY, Western KS/NE)

Go ahead, We’re right there with you!

The Weed Science Society (WSSA) is hosting a series of two free webinars on the United States Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture Grant Programs. The webinars will be on March 22 and 29, both at 3:00pm ET. These webinars will include four 10-minute presentations by NIFA National Program Leaders and National Science Liaisons, followed by a 15-minute question and answer session. Both webinars will be recorded and the recordings will be available on the WSSA web site (

Tuesday, March 22, 2022

The webinar will begin at 3:00pm ET/2PM CT/1PM MT/12PM PT and consist of four 10-minute presentations followed by a 15-Minute Q and A. The presenters for this webinar will be

Vijay Nandula, Division of Plant Systems - Protection
Mathieu Ngouajio, Institute of Food Production and Sustainability
Ganesh Bora, Institute of Food Production and Sustainability
Vance Owens, Division of Plant Systems - Production

Register here:
(creating an account is required)

Tuesday, March 29, 2022

The webinar will begin at 3:00pm ET/2PM CT/1PM MT/12PM PT and consist of four 10-minute presentations followed by a 15-Minute Q and A. The presenters for this webinar will be

Erica Kistner-Thomas, Division of Plant Systems - Protection
Tom Bewick, Division of Plant Systems - Production
Amy Ganguli, Institute of Bioenergy, Climate, and Environment
Victoria Finkenstadt, Division of Agricultural Systems

Register here:
(creating an account is required)

Monday, February 14, 2022

Belle Bergner, Executive Director of the North American Invasive Species Management Association for the past six years, has announced she is resigning to spend more time with her family. NAISMA is based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, but the successful candidate can work remotely from any location. Applications will be received through March 16, 2022, and the salary range is $68,000-$75,000. See more details here:

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 (all listed times are central time, and the schedule is subject to change):

Outreach and CommunicationsNAISMA 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. 

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.

Local Events and Awareness Weeks or Months – NAISMA promotes state and local events and Awareness Weeks or Months utilizing the NISAW events page and social media channels.

Social MediaNAISMA 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.

Tuesday, February 08, 2022

The Northeast Midwest Institute has created an online tool for tracking the status of federal legislation that is related to invasive species. Although created by a group focused on the northeast and Great Lakes, the scope of the tool covers the nation. 

Northeast-Midwest Insititute » Blog Archive » Invasive Species Legislative Tracker, 2021-22 (

Friday, February 04, 2022

The National Invasive Species Council (NISC) is hiring a Program Analyst (GS-13) to support NISC operations and work plan implementation. Please distribute this announcement to those you think might be interested and eligible (closing date is February 17, 2022). Position is based in DC and is telework eligible.

NISC activities are facilitated by a small staff housed in the DOI Office of the Secretary, who provide coordination and support to NISC member agencies in the implementation of NISC Work Plans and facilitate regular communications. The incumbent would serve as a member of NISC staff and would be responsible for coordinating and implementing programmatic activities in a timely, credible, and effective manner, as directed by the NISC Executive Director according to the priorities and guidelines established by NISC.

At the full performance level (GS-13) the major duties of this position include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Conducts research and presents results on priority invasive species issues in a manner that can be incorporated into NISC discussions, outputs, and agency decision-making.
  • Drafts briefs and other materials to inform NISC leadership decision-making, NISC Work Plan outputs, and member agency requests to NISC staff.
  • Drafts content for outreach purposes, such as press releases, web content, interviews, and public presentations.
  • Assists the Executive Director with the development of NISC work plans, operational procedures, and other guidance documents relevant to the conduct of NISC operations.
  • Serves as a resource person for NISC task teams as well as for the Invasive Species Advisory Committee (ISAC) and its subcommittees.
  • Assists with the management and implementation of other activities related to NISC administration.

Program Analyst


Office of the Secretary

National Invasive Species Council (NISC)

Duty Location: Washington, DC


Hyperlink to USAJOBS:


Hyperlink to USAJOBS:

Open Date: Thursday, February 3rd, 2022

Close Date: Thursday, February 17th, 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

"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:

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

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 (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


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


Learn More

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.


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 


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


Learn More


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


Northern Region Steward / Regional Supervisor

Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation - Natural Heritage Program


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


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


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


Preserve Manager
Virginia Outdoors Foundation

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