Friday, January 14, 2022
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 Preserve, Bull 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
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.
Click on presenter's name for bio
Natural Areas Association Board Member
Northern Region Steward / Regional Supervisor
Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation - Natural Heritage Program
Natural Areas Stewardship Manager
Natural Areas Public Access Steward
Regional Supervisor / Western Fire Manager
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:
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.
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:
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 (email@example.com) and Terri Hogan (firstname.lastname@example.org). 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:
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.
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 from the meeting link
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).
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.
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, email@example.com
Daegan Miller, firstname.lastname@example.org
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:
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: