It's here! The Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC), along with co-sponsors the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), announced the re-launch of the Habitattitude educational campaign during the Reduce Risks from Invasive Species Coalition’s (RRISC) agency fair on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. Habitattitude is a non-regulatory collaboration between industry groups and government agencies that is designed to increase awareness of the risks posed by non-native species in the environment and to positively impact consumer attitudes and practices.
Habitattitude - https://www.habitattitude.net/
The Southwest Exotic Plant Management Team (SW EPMT) is based in Tucson, AZ and is one of the largest of the program. The team conducts invasive plant and native restoration projects across 46 parks throughout AZ, NM, OK, TX, and UT. Great opportunity to work with a great staff. The announcement closes 6/27 and has a 50 applicant limit. The program is looking at a late September start date.
Apply through USAJOBS at https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/536591600.
APHIS Seeks Comments on Environmental Assessment for the Release of the Japanese knotweed psyllid to Biologically Control Japanese, Giant, and Bohemian Knotweeds
USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has assessed the potential environmental impacts associated with releasing the Japanese knotweed psyllid (Aphalara itadori) to biologically control Japanese, Giant, and Bohemian knotweeds (Fallopia japonica, F. sachalinensis, and F. x bohemica) within the contiguous United States. These knotweeds are significant invasive weeds. Based on their thorough analysis, APHIS scientists have determined that the release of this psyllid would not have a significant impact on the environment.
We are making the environmental assessment available to the public for review and comment for a 30 day period that ends on June 27, 2019. APHIS will review and respond to all comments received. If the public does not raise any significant concerns, we will issue a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) and begin issuing permits to release Japanese knotweed psyllid into the environment.
Review and comment on this this notice in the Federal Register at https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=APHIS-2019-0002-0001.
EPA Takes Next Step in Review Process for Herbicide Glyphosate, Reaffirms No Risk to Public Health
Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking an important step in the agency’s review of glyphosate. As part of this action, EPA continues to find that there are no risks to public health when glyphosate is used in accordance with its current label and that glyphosate is not a carcinogen. The agency’s scientific findings on human health risk are consistent with the conclusions of science reviews by many other countries and other federal agencies. While the agency did not identify public health risks in the 2017 human health risk assessment, the 2017 ecological assessment did identify ecological risks. To address these risks, EPA is proposing management measures to help farmers target pesticide sprays on the intended pest, protect pollinators, and reduce the problem of weeds becoming resistant to glyphosate.
“EPA has found no risks to public health from the current registered uses of glyphosate,” said EPAAdministrator Andrew Wheeler. “Today’s proposed action includes new management measures that will help farmers use glyphosate in the most effective and efficient way possible, including pollinator protections. We look forward to input from farmers and other stakeholders to ensure that the draft management measures are workable, realistic, and effective.”
“If we are going to feed 10 billion people by 2050, we are going to need all the tools at our disposal, which includes the use the glyphosate,” U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue said. “USDA applauds EPA’s proposed registration decision as it is science-based and consistent with the findings of other regulatory authorities that glyphosate does not pose a carcinogenic hazard to humans.”
Glyphosate is the most widely used herbicide in U.S. agriculture and has been studied for decades. Glyphosate is used on more than 100 food crops, including glyphosate-resistant corn, soybean, cotton, canola and sugar beet. Non-agricultural uses include residential areas, aquatic areas, forests, rights of way, ornamentals and turf.
Once the Federal Register notice publishes, the public will be able to submit comments on EPA’s proposed decision at www.regulations.gov in docket # EPA-HQ-OPP-2009-0361. Public comments will be due 60 days after the date of publication in Federal Register. EPA’s responses to the comments received on the draft ecological and human health risk assessments and the benefits assessment will be in the docket.
PlayCleanGo Awareness Week Interactive Events Map
Are you celebrating PlayCleanGo Awareness Week by hosting a weed-pull or plant native event, a float trip, a trail ride or another fun educational activity for the public? If you're planning an event, you deserve all the recognition for raising awareness about the spread of invasive species and PlayCleanGo and NAISMA is here to help!
Let NAISMA promote your PlayCleanGo Awareness Week events and activities by adding it to their Interactive Event Map, June 1-8, 2019! Listing your event or activity on the official PlayCleanGo Awareness Week webpage helps:
Share event details with attendees
Show that you are part of a national movement to stop the spread of invasive species while enjoying the great outdoors.
It's simple - fill out the submission form found here by 10am (Central time) on Thursday, May 30th. The rest will be in our hands!
Not feeling the "hosting bug" but still want to join the fun? Continue to check the PlayCleanGo Awareness Week Interactive Map for updated events in your area. And, don't forget to share photos while using the #PlayCleanGoWeek hashtag - your support helps in our efforts to raise awareness across North America about the spread of invasive plants and pests.
The Western Weed Coordinating Committee (WWCC) annual meeting is scheduled for the week of December 2nd with the 2nd and 6th being travel days. December 3rd and 5th the meeting will take place at the New York Hotel in Las Vegas as in the past. On December 4th there will be a scheduled field trip to the Red Rock Canyon Visitor Center to see a BLM restoration site and hear from staff involved. The rest of the day on the 4th the meeting will be held at the visitor center, hearing from other partners not yet determined.
For logistical purposes and calculating costs, WWCC meeting organizer Sean Gephart needs to know the number of participants. If you plan to attend, please fill out the doodle poll ASAP:
Hopefully you can attend!
Dear resident of planet Earth,
Did you see the recent UN report detailing the world’s biodiversity crisis and its implications for humans? Invasive species are listed as one of the major contributing factors. It’s high time we all get up to speed on how invasive species affect us.
Each day from June 3 to June 7, tune in to our Lunchtime Webinars on Invasive Species, organized by the University of California Cooperative Extension and the nonprofit California Invasive Plant Council. (It’s California Invasive Species Action Week so what better time to pend 40 minutes feeding your mind while eating your lunch?!)
During the first part of the week we cover a range of organisms, from killer algae and incestuous beetles to “rodents of unusual size.” Later in the week it’s Weeds-A-Palooza with talks focusing on invasive plants. Join us!
Monday, June 3: “How they get here: Aquatic invasive species being moved around the world”
Sabrina Drill, Natural Resources Advisor, UC Cooperative Extension
Tuesday, June 4: “What’s killing California’s trees? Shot hole borers, palm weevils and the rest”
Beatriz Nobua-Behrmann, Urban Forestry and Natural Resources Advisor, UC Cooperative Extension
Wednesday, June 5: “Rodents of unusual size: Nutria in the Delta”
Valerie Cook-Fletcher, Nutria Eradication Incident Commander, Cal. Dept. of Fish & Wildlife
Thursday, June 6: “Citizen stewardship: Tackling giant reed in Contra Costa County”
Mike Anciaux and Bob Simmons, Walnut Creek Watershed Council
Friday, June 7: “Organizing to stop one of the world’s worst weeds: Marin Knotweed Task Force”
Eric Wrubel, San Francisco Bay Area Network, National Park Service
All details are available online at https://ucanr.edu/sites/invasivelunch/invasivelunch2019/. Hope you can join us!
Doug Johnson, Executive Director
California Invasive Plant Council
The gorgeous PNW hiking weather has officially arrived, and this summer, you can hit the trails with a purpose by learning how to identify and report invasive plant species! Sign up for one of the FREE invasive plant ID workshops at the RSVP links listed below, and the Pacific Northwest Invasive Plant Council will show you how. All trainings are also eligible for up to 2.5 WSDA, SER and SWS/PWS recertification credits.
2019 CITIZEN SCIENCE EARLY DETECTION RAPID RESPONSE REPORTING AND IDENTIFICATION OF INVASIVE PLANTS WORKSHOPS
*All trainings are eligible for up to 2.5 WSDA, SER, and SWS/PWS recertification credits
About the Program
The Pacific Northwest Invasive Plant Council (PNW IPC) is a non-profit conservation organization (http://www.pnw-ipc.org/) working in partnership with National Forests and Parks, Washington Dept. of Agriculture (WSDA), Department of Natural Resources (DNR), county noxious weed programs, and other local groups on a Citizen Science EDRR (Early Detection Rapid Response) program. This will be their eighth year to search for priority and newly emerging invasive plants in our National Forests, National Parks and other public lands. If you are recreating and/or working on public lands and are interested in participating in our program and/or would like to learn more about invasive plants, you are invited to attend one of their FREE upcoming trainings.
Citizen Science EDRR Volunteer Training
A 2.5 hour training session where you will learn how to identify priority invasive species, how to record basic data and how to report findings on EDDMapSWest, a national early detection reporting system. Participants learn plant identification through a PowerPoint presentation and live material. Participants also learn methods of manual removal and which species you should not attempt to remove. Trainings will equip volunteers with the knowledge necessary to conduct invasive plant surveys in order to support local land managers that need your help. Your efforts will directly support the maintenance of healthy ecosystems. Volunteers will receive an invasive plant identification booklet along with survey forms. We ask that volunteers who sign up conduct a minimum of 1-2 surveys over the field season.
Workshops in 2019: Capacity will be limited, so if you would like to attend one of these free trainings, please RSVP to Marisa Deluccia at pnw.ipc.org@gmail to reserve your place!
Mount Vernon, WA Friday, May 17th, 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
Address: Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, 10441 Bayview Edison Rd, Mt. Vernon, WA 98273
Hosted by: Joseph Shea, Skagit Co. Noxious Weed Coordinator
Bellingham, WA Thursday, May 23rd, 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Address: Whatcom County Public Works Building, 322 N Commercial St #210, Bellingham, WA 98225
Hosted by: Laurel Baldwin, Whatcom Co. Noxious Weed Control Board
Chehalis, WA Wednesday, June 5th, Start Time: 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
Address: Community Event Building at Southwest WA Fairgrounds, 2555 N National Ave, Chehalis WA 98532
Hosted by: Bill Wamsley, Lewis Co. Noxious Weed Control Board
Snohomish County, WA Saturday, June 8th, 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
Address: Snohomish County Road Maintenance Facility, 8915 Cathcart Way, Snohomish, WA 98296
Hosted by: Jonathane Schmitt, King Co. Noxious Weed Board
North Bend, WA Sunday, June 9nd, 12:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Address: North Bend Ranger Station, Meeting Hall (behind station), 902 SE North Bend Way, North Bend, WA 98045
Hosted by: Sasha Shaw, King Co. Noxious Weed Board, and Jonathane Schmitt, Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie Forest Service
Auburn, WA Saturday, June 15th, 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
Address: Green River College (PNW Conference Room), 12401 SE 320th St., Auburn, WA 98092
Hosted by: Jonathane Schmitt, Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie Forest Service
Seattle, WA Saturday, June 22nd, 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
Address: Center for Urban Horticulture, Douglas Classroom, 3501 41st Street, Seattle, WA 98195
Hosted by: Sasha Shaw, King Co. Noxious Weed Board
Sandy, OR Saturday, June 22nd, 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
Address: Sandy Senior Center, 9310 S 1300 E, Sandy, OR, 94094
Hosted by: David Lebo, Westside Zone Botanist, Mt. Hood National Forest; Sam Leininger, Clackamas County Soil and Water Conservation District
RSVP link coming soon
This month, the North American Invasive Species Management Association and PlayCleanGo will offer a joint webinar. Join us on
May 15th at 2:00 pm ET
Bridging the Gap between Invasive Species Research and Management
Presented by: Carrie Brown-Lima, Director of the New York Invasive Species Research Institute, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
The body of scientific literature surrounding invasive species and their impacts and management has increased substantially in recent decades. However, despite expanding knowledge and technological advances in the research sphere, a disconnect persists between research and management that can hinder the understanding and application of new solutions to on-the-ground invasive species challenges. In an effort to bridge this gap, New York State has established the New York Invasive Species Research Institute (NYISRI), which serves to communicate and coordinate invasive species research to help prevent and manage the impact of invasive species in New York State. Through interactions with researchers and managers working with invasive species, NYISRI has identified strategic areas and developed initiatives to promote communication and research that addresses research-management gaps. This presentation will examine ways to promote the co-creation of knowledge to improve the scientific basis of invasive species management and policy development as well as will provide an overview of some of NYISRI’s initiatives and the work of the New York State invasive species network.
The webinar presentation will be up to 45 minutes with an additional 15 minutes for questions. Click here to Register or follow the link below. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
Carrie Brown-Lima is the Director of the New York Invasive Species Research Institute, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY. She has over twenty years working with governmental and non-governmental organizations, academic institutions and companies on conservation strategies, natural resource monitoring and management, ecological research, and outreach in the United States and in Latin America. Experience includes promoting partnerships, creating programs, coordinating international, national and state level workshops, strategy building, managing contracts, writing proposals and reports, as well as presenting project results and conservation concepts to diverse audiences. She has extensive knowledge of invasive species research and management. Carrie received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Keen State College, Keene, NH, her Masters degree in Natural Resources from Cornell University, Ithaca, NY and is presently a Kinship Conservation Fellow.
PlayCleanGo is an education and outreach campaign for outdoor recreationists developed to promote awareness, understanding, and cooperation by providing a clear call to action to be informed, attentive and accountable for stopping the spread of invasive species.
For a complete list of NAISMA's monthly webinars, click here.
The Western Governors’ Association (WGA) will host a webinar called Species Distribution Modeling and Scenario Planning, at 10:30 a.m. (MT) on Wednesday, May 1.
The webinar will highlight a tool being designed by the U.S. Geological Survey and National Park Service to develop species distribution models for high-priority invasive plants. Panelists will also report on a research project that pairs scenario planning with quantitative modeling to explore potential effects of climate scenarios and management alternatives on rangelands in South Dakota.
This webinar is part of a series for the Western Governors’ Biosecurity and Invasive Species Initiative, the central policy initiative of WGA Chair and Hawaii Gov. David Ige.
The webinar will be moderated by Jeff Morrisette, Chief Scientist with the National Invasive Species Council Secretariat. Panelists include: Terri Hogan, Invasive Plant Program Manager, National Park Service; Catherine Jarnevich, Ecologist, U.S. Geological Survey; Greg Haubrich, Noxious Weed Coordinator, Washington Department of Agriculture; and Brian Miller, Research Ecologist, U.S. Geological Survey.
Webinar: Preparing the Northeast for Japanese Stiltgrass (Microstegium vimineum)
Japanese stiltgrass (Microstegium vimineum) is a species that is expected to expand and establish within Northeastern states with climate change. Join us for a presentation and conversation with Dr. Luke Flory (University of Florida) and Angela Sirois-Pitel (The Nature Conservancy) on how we can learn from the experiences of our southern neighbors to prepare for and prevent Microstegium in the Northeast. The discussion will be moderated by Toni Lyn Morelli (NE Climate Adaptation Science Center).
Date: Wednesday, May 1st, 2019
Time: 2:00 - 3:00pm EST
Meeting Information: https://umass-amherst.zoom.us/j/595447864
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Angela Sirois-Pitel is the Stewardship Manager for The Nature Conservancy where she manages over 8,000 acres of conservation lands in western Massachusetts. She has been with TNC for over 13 years and has extensive experience in land management, including everything from invasive plant control, preserve management, mobile data collection technology and rare species management. She received a B.A. from Saint Anselm College and a M.S from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, where she studied impacts of habitat restoration of bog turtles in Massachusetts.
S. Luke Flory is an Associate Professor at the University of Florida. His research focuses on the mechanisms and impacts of non-native plant invasions with a current goal of understanding the long-term consequences of interactions between invasive species and other potential global change drivers such as climate change, fire, and pathogens. The Flory Lab explores both basic and applied questions in diverse systems such as the highlands of Galápagos, coffee agroecosystems in Costa Rica, eastern deciduous forests in the US, and pine forests and managed systems in Florida. Luke holds a M.Sc. in Applied Ecology and a Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.
This seminar is presented by the Northeast Regional Invasive Species & Climate Change (RISCC) Network.
The Western Governors’ Association will host the webinar, Exploring the State-APHIS Relationship, at 12:30 p.m. MT on Thursday, April 25.
This webinar will examine how the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) collaborates with western states to prevent the spread of invasive species. Participants from Hawaii will highlight the role of state authority in regulating the movement of pests and plants and explore strategies to improve coordination between federal and state regulations. Panelists will also discuss regulations affecting the movement of forest pests in the West.
This is the third webinar in a series as part of the Western Governors’ Biosecurity and Invasive Species Initiative, the central policy initiative of WGA Chair and Hawaii Gov. David Ige. (Find previous webinars)
The webinar will be moderated by WGA Policy Advisor Bill Whitacre. Panelists include: Andrea Huberty, Director, Plant Health Programs, Plant Protection and Quarantine, APHIS; Rob Hauff, State Protection Forester, Hawaii Dept. of Lands & Natural Resources; Jonathan Ho, Acting Manager, Plant Quarantine Branch, Hawaii Dept. of Agriculture; Bob Simpson, President, Greenwood Global Consulting.
The Washington Invasive Species Council is hosting a webinar about recently listed noxious weeds in Washington.
Noxious Weeds of the Past Five Years
When: April 17th at 10:00am PDT
Come learn about recently listed noxious weed species in Washington State. Wendy DesCamp will review the 15 species the State Noxious Weed Board has added to noxious weed list since 2014. Information will focus mainly on identification, and will also include where these plants have been found in Washington and some management recommendations. She will also tell you about the classes of noxious weeds in Washington and what that means for each of these newer listings.
Speaker: Wendy DesCamp | Education Specialist | Washington State Noxious Weed Control Board
Hosted by the Washington Invasive Species Council
Please register for Noxious Weeds of the Past Five years on Apr 17, 2019 10:00 AM PDT by clicking on the link:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue recently signed a national proclamation (PDF, 579 KB) to declare April “Invasive Plant Pest and Disease Awareness Month,” during a critical time when damaging invasive species known as Hungry Pests emerge and can be easily spread in the things people pack and move, such as outdoor items like grills, gardening equipment, wading pools and bicycles or patio furniture.
View the full press release here.
National Park Service (Terri Hogan)
- We will be observing 20 years of service through the NPS Exotic Plant Management Teams (EPMT) in 2020.
- The annual EPMT report for FY2018 will likely be completed by the end of April.
- NPS has hired an invasive animal program lead, Dr. Jennifer Sieracki.
U.S. Geological Survey (Annie Simpson)
- USGS has published, and plans to update on a bimonthly basis into the foreseeable future, a dataset called "Catalog of U.S. Federal Early Detection/Rapid Response Invasive Species Databases and Tools"
- It is available here
- The catalog, developed in collaboration with the National Invasive Species Council Secretariat, is a multi-sheet spreadsheet that contains openly available, online, federally supported databases and tools dealing with various aspects of a potential national early detection and rapid response invasive species framework.
- Please send your additions and updates to Annie Simpson at firstname.lastname@example.org
The North American Invasive Species Management Association (naisma.org) seeks a full-time Program Manager to administer NAISMA's Weed Free Forage & Gravel; Online Invasive Species Manager Trainings; and Annual Conference Programs. The successful candidate will work with committees and program partners, oversee the progress of operations, and provide reports and communications as needed. The ideal candidate will be an excellent leader, will also be able to develop efficient strategies and tactics, and will have experience managing multiple programs and communications tools while producing results in a timely manner. While NAISMA’s office is in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, this position can be executed via telecommuting from anywhere if the successful candidate has demonstrated capacity to do so. This is a 1-year, non-salaried contractor opportunity, renewable depending on the hire’s performance and the organization’s fundraising efforts.
Click here to access a pdf of the job description. Interested candidates, please email a single pdf file with a resume or CV and cover letter with 2-3 references to: email@example.com by COB Thursday, April 18, 2019 (extended deadline).
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2:30-2:40 PM – Welcome and Introductions.
2:40-3:30 PM - Presentation:
Title: Recent Detection and Spread of a new type of Trapa, an Invasive Aquatic Plant, in the Potomac River Watershed
Speaker: Dr. Nancy Rybicki. She is an aquatic plant ecologist and has recently retired from the US Geological Survey, Water Mission Area, Reston VA, where she continues her research as a scientist emerita. In the past she conducted long term research projects on the increase of submersed aquatic vegetation abundance and diversity in the freshwater, tidal Potomac River during a time interval when water quality improved. Her education was in Environmental Science and she is an affiliate professor at George Mason University.
Dr. Rybicki will report on investigations into a recently discovered and newly identified species of water chestnut (Genus, Trapa) from Asia. This plant is a non-native floating aquatic plant that was discovered in 2014 in the Potomac River watershed (http://mdinvasives.org/iotm/june-2018/) and has been spreading rapidly since. Currently, it is reported and verified to occur in small colonies in about 30 water bodies, mostly ponds, in several northern Virginia counties (https://nas.er.usgs.gov/viewer/omap.aspx?id=f3a647f4-6906-4928-b5b4-1421cd95a211). Immediate action is needed to control this plant before it expands throughout the watershed and causes significant ecological, economic and recreational impacts.
Nancy will review the information obtained from 2014 to 2018 on a new type of Trapa spreading in Virginia. She will ask how to better reach out to stakeholders to inform them and encourage them to stop the spread of Trapa bispinosa. She also will ask if the audience is aware of an existing federal or municipal program, or a case study of the use of EDRR for species that threaten landscapes and aquatic areas.
Standing Agenda Items:
- Advances in weed free seeds for PCAs
- New/emerging issues (e.g., Palmer amaranth in conservation seed mixes)
3:30-4:00 PM - Participants Roundtable (All)
4:00 PM - Adjourn Meeting
Next meeting: Wednesday, May 29, 2019, 2:30 - 4:00 pm ET - FICMNEW Public Meeting
Bob Nowierski Gina Ramos
National Program Leader for Senior Weeds Specialist
Bio-Based Pest Management DOI-Bureau of Land Management (BLM)
USDA-National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Washington, DC
Washington, DC 202-912-7226
Future presentation ideas are welcomed (Dates to be determined).