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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.

Wednesday, October 06, 2021

Register for webinars on the NPS public facing website on the NPS Common Learning Portal and 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).


Session #40: Asian Giant Hornets 

Thursday, October 7, 12:00 pm-1:30 pm MT 

Presenter: Cassie Cichorz, Washington State Department of Agriculture 

 

Session #41: Calibrating Backpack and Other Sprayers 

Pre-recorded webinar – Watch now! (1 hour 5 minutes) 

 

Session #42: Herbicide Modes of Action 

Tuesday, October 19, 12:00 pm-1:30 pm MT 

Presenter: Alexandra Stoneburner, NPS 

 

Session #43: Restoration of the Sand Creek Watershed at Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve 

Tuesday October 26, 12:00 pm-1:30 pm MT 

Presenter: Dewane Mosher, NPS 

Tuesday, September 7th, 2021

The webinar is on September 15th, 2021, at 2 p.m. ET, 1 p.m. CT, 12 p.m. MT, 11 a.m. PT


Flowering rush (Butomus umbellatus L.) is becoming a widespread invasive weed in the waters of the West and Midwest. Flowering rush causes a number of nuisance problems including obstruction shorelines, reducing irrigation flow, and providing habitat for nonnative warmwater fish. This species is distinctive in appearance, though is often confused with other emergent and submersed species. Flowering rush occurs as both diploid and triploid biotypes, but western US populations are largely the triploid biotype. Recently published research has identified six genotypes in the US, but one genotype in particular dominates in the western US. While an international group is actively looking for biological control agents, at this time no insect biocontrol agents are available.

Several herbicides are available and effective for chemical control of flowering rush, with three application modes studied: foliar application to emergent leaves, submersed inject to submersed leaves, and bare-ground applications to newly-sprouted plants in the spring. Preemergent applications have also been studied. While harvesting has been used to manage foliage, it is not a long-term management technique. Various physical techniques, such as digging and bottom barriers, have also been used. Whichever technique is used, it is essential that the manager target the rhizome bud stage to reduce propagule production.

John D. Madsen, PhD., is Research Biologist with the US Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, Invasive Species and Pollinator Health Research Unit in Davis, California, USA. His work focuses on the biology, ecology and management of aquatic plants, particularly nuisance-forming species. You can read more about Dr. Madsen here: https://www.ars.usda.gov/pacific-west-area/albany-ca/wrrc/isph/people/dr-john-madsen/

Register for this webinar here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_fc8nKODtT7mKDY0ub_28Xg?mc_c

August 19, 2021

The Center for Invasive Species Prevention (https://cisp.us) posted on August 17th a blog about invasive plants that was created by invasive species expert Faith Campbell. The comprehensive article provides an overview of the problem, shortcomings of how invasive plants are treated on public and private lands, and criteria for success in addressing the invasive plants issue. Access the blog here, and leave a comment:

http://nivemnic.us/invasive-plants-an-overview/

Thursday, August 19, 2021

NPS is pleased to announce the release of the fiscal year 2019 and 2020 Invasive Plant Management Team (IPMT) Annual Reports, which have been compiled to highlight examples of the collective annual IPMT Program efforts. Contents of the reports were contributed by individual Teams to provide vignettes of their overall activities and are only representative of the cumulative programmatic effort. 

Each consists of an IPMT Program overview brief followed by program briefs for each of the 17 IPMTs and a list of program participants for each team. The reports are available through the NPS Integrated Resource Management Applications (IRMA) portal at: DataStore - Resource Brief - (Code: 2286813) (nps.gov) and DataStore - Resource Brief - (Code: 2286814) (nps.gov)

By way of context, the IPMT Program represents a significant facet of invasive plant management within the National Park Service (NPS). All 17 IPMTs provide invaluable boots-on-the-ground invasive plant management services and expertise to park units across the country. Teams collaborate with park-based natural and cultural resources staff, as well as a range of partners, to achieve park resource management goals. IPMT program staff are dedicated, passionate, tireless professionals in the field of invasive plant management and restoration. They provide a level of expertise not available within most parks or regions. The NPS expresses its sincere gratitude to the teams for the support they provide to parks and other partners.

Tuesday, July 20th, 2021

FICMNEW Public Meeting - Thursday, July 29, 1:00 - 2:30 pm EDT / 11:00 am - 12:30 pm MDT - Discussion/Agenda Items

The format of the quarterly FICMNEW public meetings will be as follows:

  • 30-45 min presentation on topic of importance to invasive plant / noxious weed management community
  • 15 min Q&A on the presentation
  • Discussion items to bring forth to the group
  • Participant (agency, organization) round robin

If there is a topic that is important for the group to know about, we can add this as an agenda item to assure that is discussed during the call. If you have an agenda item to contribute, please send it to co-chairs Eric Bradley (eric.bradley@hq.doe.gov) and Terri Hogan (terri_hogan@nps.gov). We will add it to the agenda for discussion as we are able.

Wednesday, July 14th, 2021

NatureServe is hiring a new chief botanist. For FICMNEW members and friends who may be interested in this position, here is the link to the job announcement:
https://app.trinethire.com/companies/31463-natureserve/jobs/42764-chief-botanist

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.



Friday, July 2, 2021

According to Greenwire, Secretary of the Interior Debra Haaland revealed to members of the Western Governors' Association that Interior, along with the Commerce and Agriculture departments, is working to revive the Invasive Species Advisory Committee, the non-federal FACA committee that advises the National Invasive Species Council. The Trump administration put that organization on "inactive status" in September 2019, citing a "lack of resources."


Wednesday, June 23, 2021

NE RISCC Review of Invasive Plant Regulations across the US

Research led by Northeast Regional Invasive Species & Climate Change (RISCC) Management Network team members Eve Beaury and Emily Fusco evaluates the current landscape of invasive plant regulations across U.S. states. We've got a lot of room for improvement  - especially in addressing the need to prohibit range-shifting invasive plants before they arrive.

Beaury, E.M., E.J. Fusco, J.M. Allen, and B.A. Bradley (2021) “Invasive plant regulations in the United States are reactive and inconsistent”, Journal of Applied Ecology 

Reactive and Inconsistent Practices Hamstring Efforts to Manage Invasive Plants in the United States 

New research from UMass Amherst suggests that communication is the key to success

(Press Release) AMHERST, Mass. – As summer unfolds, more than 500 species of invasive plants will be taking root in fields, lawns, and gardens across the U.S. As plants continue to move north driven by climate change, the number of invasives will only increase. Unfortunately, inconsistent regulations that vary from state to state means that invasive plants have an edge on our attempts to control them. However, new research from the University of Massachusetts Amherst recently published in the Journal of Applied Ecology suggests that we already have an answer in hand – communication.

“We know that invasive plants are causing both ecological and economic harm in the U.S.,” says Emily Fusco, one of the paper’s lead authors and a postdoctoral research fellow in the department of environmental conservation at UMass. One of the best tools that invasive-species managers have are prohibited plant lists, which are compiled and maintained by state and county-level officials to prevent intentional introductions of known invasive and weedy plants. Unfortunately, a lack of overall coordination lends a patchwork quality to efforts to control invasive plants.

The study’s authors found that states in the lower 48 have listed anywhere between zero invasive plants and 162. Even worse, contiguous states often regulate very different sets of species: on average, only 20% of the plants listed as invasive in one state will show up on their neighbors’ lists. Finally, states are failing to get ahead of emerging invasive plants: 90% of the time states only list a plant as invasive once it has already become present in their state, making it more difficult to eradicate. “We’re missing an opportunity to prevent invasions before the species are widespread,” says Fusco. “These prohibited plant lists are one of the most useful tools we have for preventing plant invasions, but our work shows that states are not creating these lists in a proactive way.”

Yet, there’s a bright side to all this: “It’s not that the states are doing a bad job,” says Evelyn Beaury, the paper’s other lead author and a graduate student in organismic and evolutionary biology at UMass. “We don’t need to reinvent the wheel – we just need to have more conversations about what happens across state borders. We need to give managers the infrastructure and resources to work together.”

In fact, such work is already happening at the Northeast RISCC Network. RISCC (Regional Invasive Species and Climate Change) is a coalition of invasive species managers from throughout the Northeast who work with researchers and each other to identify and respond to new threats posed by invasives in a changing climate. “State officials want to improve coordination and share resources across borders,” says Bethany Bradley, senior author and professor of environmental conservation at UMass. Bradley is also one of the cofounders of RISCC and says that the invasive species managers she works with through the network “are thrilled to have more ways to exchange information.”

“We have a real chance to get ahead of the climate change/invasive species curve,” says Beaury. “We need to get more people on board and that begins with starting conversations that cross state borders.”

Contacts: Evelyn Beaury, ebeaury@umass.edu

                   Daegan Miller, drmiller@umass.edu

 

Wednesday, June 16, 2021


The U.S. Geological Survey's Nonindigenous Aquatic Species Database (NAS) presents a seminar series focused on providing undergraduate students and early career scientists insight into federal career options as well as how various federal agencies work on invasive species issues nationwide. The seminars are on Wednesdays and Fridays, and run from July 9th through August 20th.

At the provided link below, you will find the list of seminar speakers and signup options. Please sign up for each seminar you would like to attend. All seminars start at 3 pm (eastern) on the dates displayed. A Microsoft Team invite will be emailed to you with instructions on how to log on to the seminars.

Webinar series registration link:

https://forms.gle/vQKA4ivvaHs3d85M9

Weed burner train
Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Thanks to Russ Jones, retired EPA FICMNEW representative, for this image he found on Facebook. He says that it is an image of a weed burner train, from National Geographic, but we couldn't find it there:

Pale-colored photograph of railroad tracks and a small train with what appears to be flame throwers burning the weeds away.

NPS June 24th Webinar
Tuesday, June 8th, 2021

National Park Service - JUNE 24th IPM WEBINAR - Integrated Pest Management Virtual Training Series (June)

We are fast approaching the halfway point of the year-long NPS IPM Webinar Series! As such, we have a special presentation planned for Session #26. The NPS IPM Program and the NPS Connected Conservation community are crossing over and jointly hosting a webinar titled, "Biological Control Across the Landscapes We Manage: What Agents Are Established and What New Tools Are on The Horizon" presented by Joseph Milan of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM)!

Joseph “Joey” Milan is a Boise, Idaho native. Joey graduated from the College of Idaho with a BS in Biology and the University of Idaho where he completed his MS in Entomology. Upon completion of his MS, Joey began working at his present position as a Biological Control Specialist with the BLM. At his present post, he serves as the interagency coordinator for biological control, assisting weed control practitioners in their Integrated Weed Management approach by providing technical assistance and monitoring of past releases as well as organizing new collections and additional potential release sites.

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!

Also, 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.



Monday, June 7th, 2021

 

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!

Upcoming National Park Service's Integrated Pest Management Webinars

#23: Bed Bug IPM

Jim Pieper, NPS
06/07 @ 12:00pm MT
After a nearly six decade lull, the ongoing resurgence of bed bugs is enough to make your skin crawl. Even worse, resistance to various insecticides has been documented across the world. As the National Park Service continues to draw visitors from a worldwide crowd, we are likely seeing resistant individuals being introduced in our parks. So what do we do?

#24: Tickborne Disease Prevention for the NPS Community

Stefanie Campbell, NPS/USPHS
06/17 @ 11:00am MT
This presentation will include: basic facts about ticks and background information, preventing ticks and tickborne diseases, and reporting tick bites or tickborne illness.

Please send your questions, comments and feedback to: james_c_howard@nps.gov

 

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