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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 stephanie.m.dubon@usda.gov.

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 grants.gov, 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, susan_pasko@fws.gov.

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 (https://wssa.net).


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: https://wssa.memberclicks.net/march-22nd-wssa-webinar-on-nifa-grant-programs
(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: https://wssa.memberclicks.net/march-29th-wssa-webinar-on-nifa-grant-programs
(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:

https://naisma.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/NAISMA-Executive-Director-Position-Jan-2022.pdf

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 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 (nemw.org)

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

GS-343-13

Office of the Secretary

National Invasive Species Council (NISC)

Duty Location: Washington, DC


OS-6015-22-KS-021(DEU)

Hyperlink to USAJOBS: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/635001000


OS-6015-22-KS-022(MP)

Hyperlink to USAJOBS: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/635002000


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 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

Register

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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

Register

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Speakers

Click on presenter's name for bio

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

Wednesday, November 3, 2021

Since the 1990s, the USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Areawide Pest Management Program has supported projects that address critical pest issues across a large geographic region. This areawide approach is based on traditional integrated pest management and involves researchers, businesses, and stakeholders at local, regional, and national levels. The outcomes of areawide pest management program (AWPM) projects often result in increased knowledge and improved collaboration that enhance pest control and provide models for implementation elsewhere. For more information, see the recently developed AWPM website: https://storymaps.arcgis.com/stories/5cabc9203b4443e9bf2a1778bf486bc6

Currently, there are six active AWPM projects addressing insects, diseases, and weeds in crop and non-crop settings across the United States. The project directors who are leading these are all from ARS and will be giving an update during the 2021 Areawide Pest Management Project Update Meeting, which will take place on November 16 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm (EST). The meeting will be virtual and is open to anyone with an internet connection. No registration is required, and the meeting can be accessed by clicking on the following link: https://www.zoomgov.com/j/1604782079#success

The agenda for the meeting will include an introduction and opening remarks and then each speaker will take 20 minutes to provide an update on their project. The meeting will end with a Q&A for addressing any questions asked by audience members. The following speakers (in order of appearance) will be participating:

  • Dr. William Turechek, Subtropical Plant Pathology Research Laboratory, Fort Pierce, FL
  • Dr. Melissa Smith, Invasive Plant Research Laboratory, Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • Dr. Steven Mirsky, Sustainable Agricultural Systems Laboratory, Beltsville, MD
  • Dr. Frank Martin, Crop Improvement and Protection Research Laboratory, Salinas, CA
  • Dr. Jana Lee, Horticultural Crops Research Laboratory, Corvallis, OR
  • Dr. Rodney Cooper, Temperate Tree Fruit and Vegetable Research Laboratory, Wapato, WA

The 2021 Areawide Pest Management Project Update Meeting will provide useful information for those who are working on pests or who want to know more about their management.

Thursday, October 28, 2021

The National Park Service's Integrated Pest Management webinar series will focus on Museum Integrated Pest Management in November! For the month, we will have 3 live presentations on the intro and history of museum IPM, pest threats from wood-borers and protein/cellulose consumers, and pest threats from omnivores and rodents.

These sessions will all be presented by a special guest, Carol DiSalvo, retired national NPS IPM program coordinator.  

A public facing website on the NPS Common Learning Portal will be updated and live in a couple of days, 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). 

Feel free to send any questions or topic suggestions to this email address, IPM@nps.gov.

 

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