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February 25, 2021

Integrated Pest Management Webinar Series

The NPS Integrated Pest Management program, in collaboration with the NPS invasive species programs, is embarking on an ambitious project to host weekly webinars in Calendar Year 2021. The presenters currently slated include NPS and other DOI agency employees, DOI contractors, USDA/USFS employees, and university professors, and they will be presenting on topics such as Invasive Species, Pesticide Safety, Pesticide Use Proposal System (PUPS), and Museum Management. The IPM program will record these webinars.

To request registration links, contact ipm@nps.gov.

February 24, 2021

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!

 
Registration is now open for the 2021 North American Invasive Species Forum - Virtual Event, being held May 18-20th, 2021. 

Expect a variety of sessions and international speakers, including speakers from Australia and New Zealand!

Please note that the agenda is still being finalized, therefore, expect regular updates after registration, including French translation.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding registration, please email Kellie Sherman at coordinator@canadainvasives.ca.

Register here:  https://pheedloop.com/northamericaninvasives2021/site/home/


The North American Invasive Species Forum is an international event encompassing the interests of professionals and organizations involved in invasive species management, research, and regulation across North America. The Forum will bring together the international invasive species community and will highlight new research, emerging issues, success stories and prevention and response initiatives from across Canada, Mexico and the U.S.. The forum will also build on the previous North American Invasive Species Forum held in 2017.

The Canadian Council on Invasive Species is hosting this Forum with the support of, and guidance from, an international steering committee representing the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.

Friday, February 19th

Remember that part one of the annual National Invasive Species Awareness Week starts on Monday. For more information and to sign up for webinars, see our blog entry below.

Spread the Word! WGA Invasive Species Data Mobilization Campaign

The Western Governors' Association (WGA) Invasive Species Data Mobilization Campaign launched last December during a webinar co-hosted by the North American Invasive Species Management Association. If you missed it, you can view the webinar on YouTube

WGA releases podcast focusing on how conservation districts manage invasive species

Please listen to "Invasive Species Data: Conservation Districts," the latest episode of WGA’s Out West podcast. The conversation with Keith Owen of the @NACDconserve highlights the importance of invasive species data for conservation districts https://westgov.org/news/article/listen-find-out-about-the-importance-of-invasive-species-data-to-conservation-districts-in-out-west-podcast

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Posted February 16, 2021

APHIS has prepared an environmental assessment relative to permitting the release of the insects Bikasha collaris and Gadirtha fusca for the biological control of Chinese tallow tree. See: https://beta.regulations.gov/document/APHIS-2020-0035-0001 for more details. The announcement was released on January 21st. The deadline for comments is February 22, 2021.  This is an important step for a biocontrol solution against Tallow.

More information on this topic, published by the Technical Advisory Group (TAG), can be found here https://www.ars.usda.gov/southeast-area/fort-lauderdale-fl/iprl/docs/chinese-tallowtree-triadica-sebifera/ including the images below, which depict the life states of Bikasha collaris (top, left) and Gadirtha fusca (bottom, right).

                                     


Posted February 11, 2021

Job Description, located in Lusk, Wyoming

Supervisor, Niobrara County Weed & Pest Control District
P.O. Box 957
Lusk, Wyoming 82225

For more information, call: 307-334-3373. Applications can be emailed to niweed@gmail.com.

The Supervisor, will hereby act as Chief Administrator for the District and shall have the following general responsibilities and authority under the direction of the District Board of Directors. The duties listed are not meant to be all inclusive. This position is open until it is filled.

1. Job Summary: 

The Supervisor shall carry out the District’s programs in accordance with applicable Federal and/or State laws and regulations and policies of the District as adopted by the Board. The Supervisor shall be knowledgeable of all applicable Federal and State laws, rules and regulations that may be pertinent to the operation of the District.

2. Job Duties: 

The Supervisor shall oversee all day-to-day operations of the District as required or directed by the Board, including but not limited to:

A. Maintain property, equipment, office and chemical inventories;

B. Maintain accurate records of District activities pertinent to the general operations of the District;

C. Oversee bookkeeping and accounting duties;

D. Sell pesticides to the public and maintain records for the sale of Restricted Use Pesticides

E. Make label recommendations to the public for proper pesticide use and efficacy;

F. Select and mix sprays; store chemicals; apply chemicals while following strict safety precautions

G. Employ, supervise, train, and work with seasonal crews to ensure all rules and regulations are properly followed: instruct and train personnel in the proper use of equipment, chemicals, and work methods; ensure safety of all workers through proper education.

H. Maintain records on treatments and surveys of noxious weeds and pests within the District;

I. Inspect and certify forage fields as requested;

J. Use GIS mapping software to generate maps, presentation material, etc. in a GIS format,

K. Maintain all equipment, property, and buildings owned and operated by the District;

L. Perform other duties in and around the office/warehouse as necessary;

M. Maintain motor vehicle license, bondable and insurable status;

N. Prepare the annual budgets for Board and County Commissioner approval;

O. The Supervisor shall maintain status as a Certified Supervisor as prescribed by the Wyoming Weed & Pest Act and shall maintain status as a Certified Commercial Applicator;

P. The supervisor shall complete the NAISMA Weed Free Product Inspectors training

3. General:

A. The Supervisor is normally expected to work Monday through Friday. Hours of labor are according to need and the work to be done therefore may not be a customary 8-hour day and will be governed on a day-to-day basis.

B. The Board may limit the ‘scope of authority’ for the District Supervisor as they deem necessary from time to time. and such limitation will be made a matter of recorded action in Board Minute proceedings and added to the Supervisor’s Job Description/Contract.

C. The Supervisor may answer questions of fact asked by the news media but shall not offer statements of opinion, or issue press releases to the media without prior approval the Board.

D. The Supervisor shall be physically capable of operating 4X4 vehicles with trailer, fork lift, and ATV’s, loading and unloading shipments & sprayers, and carrying/operating a backpack sprayer.

E. The Supervisor shall have technical ability of plant and insect identification, sprayer calibration; understand pesticide labels and MSDS’s; understand legal applications such as Weed & Pest laws, pesticide laws and regulations; administrative, employment and fiscal regulations, etc.

F. The Supervisor should possess the basic computer skills necessary to operate QuickBooks accounting software, word processing skills, general knowledge of GIS mapping and other skills necessary for efficient computer function and use.

Experience: Specialized training in weed and pest control. Must obtain/have a commercial license and must become a certified Supervisor.

The employee in this position understands that they are an “at will" employee and employment may be terminated or suspended within the contract year for any reasonable basis but to include cases of insubordination, lack of work, or funding for the position.

Send applications to:

Niobrara County Weed & Pest Control District
P.O. Box 957
Lusk, Wy. 82225

Or email them to: niweed@gmail.com

posted February 10, 2021

National Invasive Species Awareness Week is an international event to raise awareness about invasive species, the threat that they pose, and what can be done to prevent their spread. 

NISAW Part I – Information and Advocacy 

February 22-26, 2021 

Resources about the National Invasive Species Awareness Week (NISAW) are available here: https://www.nisaw.org/resources/

NISAW sponsorship information is available here: https://www.nisaw.org/sponsorship-information/

NISAW Part I Webinar Series: All Webinars begin at 2pm eastern, 1pm central, noon mountain, or 11am pacific

  • Webinar topics (Webinars are hosted by NAISMA):

    • Monday, February 22nd: Invasive Species Management Priorities 

      • Presentation 1 - NAISMA's Legislative and Policy Priorities presented by Belle Bergner, Executive Director of NAISMA
        Presentation 2 - Federal Legislation and Policy Issues presented by Scott Cameron
        Presentation 3 - The National Environmental Coalition on Invasive Species' Recommendations to the Biden-Harris Administration and Members of the 117th Congress presented by Caroline Murphy, The Wildlife Society
    • Tuesday, February 23rd: Federal Agency Updates 

      • Presentation 1 - The Department of the Interior's Invasive Species Strategic Plan presented by Hilary Smith, The Department of the Interior
        Presentation 2 - The Army Corps of Engineers' Invasive Species Program updates, including implementation of 2020's Water Resources Development Act presented by Jeremy Crossland, The Army Corps of Engineers
        Presentation 3 - Updates from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (speaker TBA)
    • Wednesday, February 24th: Aquatic Nuisance Species 

      • Moderated by Allison Zach, Nebraska Invasive Species Program Manager and NAISMA Board of Directors Member
        Presentation 1 - The Aquatic Nuisance Species (ANS) Task Force Strategic Plan presented by Susan Pasko, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Executive Secretary to the ANS Task Force
        Presentation 2 - The Updated Recommendations for the Quagga Zebra Action Plan for Western U.S. Waters (QZAP 2.0) presented by Elizabeth Brown on behalf of the Western Regional Panel and Nate Owens, ANS Program Manager, Utah Division of Wildlife Resources
        Presentation 3 - Implementing the National Asian Carp Management Plan (speaker TBA)
    • Thursday, February 25th: Plant Health 

      • Presentation 1 - Nonnative Forest Insects and Pathogens in the United States: Impacts and Policy Options presented by Gary Lovett, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Science
        Presentation 2 - The Impacts of Insects and Disease on Carbon Sequestration presented by Brendan Quirion, Cornell University
        Presentation 3 - Establishing the IL Invasive Species Council presented by Tricia Bethke, Morton Arboretum
    • Friday, February 26th: Show Me the Money! 

      • Presentation Show Me the Money!
        Abstract: 
        The U.S. federal agencies responsible for invasive species management in aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems, in general, have sufficient legislative authority from Congress to manage invasive species. However, federal invasive species programs remain extremely underfunded. In FY 2020, the Department of the Interior estimated it spent $143 million to manage invasive species for 400+ million acres of public lands. That’s roughly 35 cents per acre for all invasive species research, prevention, EDRR, management and restoration. As invasive species stakeholders, we need to seek full appropriations as authorized for these programs. This webinar will review the new leaders and members of the appropriations subcommittees in the House and Senate that have jurisdiction for invasive species funding. We will discuss key invasive species program funding within the Department of the Interior, the Department of Agriculture, and the Army Corp of Engineers.
        Presented by: Lee Van Wychen, Executive Director of Science Policy for the Weed Science Society of America

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NISAW Part II – Outreach and Education 

May 15-22, 2021

Representatives from local, state, federal, and regional organizations discuss legislation, policies, and improvements that can be made to prevent and manage invasive species. NISAW webinars will be held in February. Outdoor, hands on, NISAW events will be held May 15-22, 2021.

February 1, 2021

What: Webinar on Raising the Awareness of Invasive Species Management Among State Legislators

When: On February 17, at 1 p.m. CT, 3 p.m. ET

Who: North American Invasive Species Management Association (NAISMA)

Presented by: Brett Moore, OnTheBallot Consulting; and Kayla Malone, Lake and Chaffee County Weed Manager and NAISMA Board of Directors Member
More Info

Presentation Abstract: The Colorado Weed Management Association (CWMA) has been represented by contracted lobbyists at the state capital for more than a decade. Through the implementation of coordinated strategic actions, CWMA has raised the political profile of noxious weeds among legislators and decision makers in Colorado. President Kayla Malone, Chaffee County Weed Manager and NAISMA Board Member, and Brett Moore, Founder of OnTheBallot Consulting, will share their strategy for raising the political profile of invasive species, specifically noxious weeds, management among lawmakers. CWMA collaborates with numerous partners to host an annual Legislative Awareness Day and will share the process, goals, and benefits to doing so. The presenters will provide information on a variety of activities they utilize, and that attendees can duplicate, to build relationships that aid in informing the legislative process.

image of Brett Moore, webinar presenterThe Colorado Weed Management Association (CWMA) is represented by two contract lobbying firms at the state capitol, Peak Government Affairs (Solomon Malick) and OnTheBallot Consulting (Brett Moore) With a track record of delivering results in communities across Colorado and at the state capitol in Denver, Brett Moore started his career as a non-partisan clerk at the Colorado General Assembly. Shortly thereafter, he founded OnTheBallot Consulting, a Denver-based lobbying and political consulting firm, where he has achieved legislative wins by building strong relationships with elected officials, staff, and other government affairs professionals. His clients are non-profits, businesses, trade associations, and local governments whose voices are amplified by his representation. He hails from a family of farmers and ranchers in Northwest Kansas (where chopping musk thistle in the pastures was an annual job), and now calls Denver home.

Register for this webinar here.

January 29, 2021

The National Invasive Species Council's Technical Adviser position is being filled as a GS-0401-14, with full performance level of GS-15.

This position is located within the Department of the Interior, Office of the Secretary (OS), National Invasive Species Council (NISC), located in Washington, DC. This position can be filled in Washington, DC or Fort Collins, CO.

The closing date is February 12, 2021.  ANNOUNCEMENT LINK:  https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/590698200

January 15, 2021

The 1st International Electronic Conference on Biological Diversity, Ecology and Evolution will be held online from 15 to 31 March 2021.

Sessions are described here: https://bdee2021.sciforum.net/

Researchers of the science of biodiversity are encouraged to present their research and exchange ideas with their colleagues without the need for travel. All proceedings will be published on the conference homepage in open access format.

At this event, the following topics will be covered:

  1. Marine diversity

  2. Animal diversity

  3. Plant diversity

  4. Microbial diversity and culture collections

  5. Chemical Diversity and Chemical Ecology

  6. Biodiversity conservation

  7. Biogeography and macroecology

  8. Phylogeny and evolution

  9. Biodiversity loss and dynamics

  10. Mesophotic ecosystems diversity
  11. Invasive species and diversity

The conference will be completely free of charge—both to attend, and for scholars to upload and present their latest work on the conference platform. There will also be the possibility of submitting selected papers to the journal Diversity with a 20% discount. This offer from the conference organizers provides the opportunity to participate in this international, scholarly conference without having the concern or expenditure of travel—all you need is your computer and access to the Internet. 

The Scientific Committee looks forward to receiving contributions in response to this call, and will be glad to provide any further information to interested parties. Questions may be addressed to the Diversity Editorial Office at bdee@mdpi.com or diversity@mdpi.com.

The 1st International Electronic Conference on Biological Diversity, Ecology and Evolution is organized and sponsored by MDPI, a scholarly open access publisher based in Basel, Switzerland.

Here is one example of an accepted abstract in the area of invasive species and diversity:

Silvicultural practices as main drivers of the spread of Tree of Heaven (Ailanthus altissima (Mill.) Swingle)

Arnold Erdélyi, Judit Hartdégen, Ákos Malatinszky, Csaba Vadász

The Tree of Heaven is causing several conservation and economic problems across the globe, having become one of the most studied invasive tree species in the last two decades. In our study, we focused on the effects of certain silvicultural activities on the spread of Tree of Heaven. Our research was carried out in a calcareous sand forest (Peszéri-erdő, Central Hungary). We applied full-cover mapping (25x25m grid) applying the BACI design to monitor the effects of clear-cuttings and selective cuttings on the prevalence and abundance of Tree of Heaven in several stands (in total 26 ha). We also investigated young and middle-aged artificial reforestations (4 to 26 yrs.), where stump deposits were made (in total 30 ha). Our results indicate that silvicultural practices may significantly contribute to the spread of Tree of Heaven. One or two years after the accomplishment of selective cutting or clear-cutting, the increase in both the small-scale prevalence and the total abundance of Tree of Heaven was significantly higher compared to control stands. In the case of some cut stands, the vital stem number increased by two orders of magnitude (68.5-266.6x) within two years. Spread of Tree of Heaven from stump deposits proved to be extremely fast. Within a few years, root sprouts surviving in stump deposits could produce seeds, and within ten years the Tree of Heaven could rule the understory of a whole stand. Decrease in the abundance of Tree of Heaven was observable only in one forest stand where verticillium wilt infection was detected, indicating a biological opportunity to control the spread of Tree of Heaven.

January 11, 2021

From Mike Ielmini, FICMNEW Cochair:

According to the insurance provider Munich Re AG, U.S. hurricanes, wildfires and other disasters caused $95 billion in damages in 2020, a sign of the steadily growing cost of climate change during one of the warmest years on record. This is nearly double the 2019 cost and the third-highest losses since 2010. (The New York Times).  However, this extremely high economic cost attributed to Climate Change falls short of the annual impact of invasive species to the U.S. economy (which continues to be upwards of $130 billion).  It would be an interesting report to read from the perspective of the insurance industry.

As we have seen, the U.S. government-wide response to the invasive species threat nationwide has been around $2-3 billion annually, mostly through the cobbling-together of funding ‘borrowed’ from an array of programs and boosted by a few relatively-small line item appropriations for targeted invasive species prevention and control work.  As an example of some of the bigger allocations across the government, USDA has a little over $70 million to support projects under the Plant Protection Act’s Section 7721 program in FY2021.  Other programs and agencies are often funded well below that level in any given year, and some agencies are increasingly seeing drastic operational/financial capacity declines each year.  

SO, it would appear, from an economic impact standpoint, that the national invasive species threat is competing well against some of the big-ticket results of climate change.  Perhaps we need to reevaluate what the environmental community (and others) should include in our future funding plans related to invasive species research and management As with the Climate Change threat, it needs to be designed to protect communities across the nation from the myriad of invasive species impacts.  Such a plan should outline a new approach under the leadership of the National Invasive Species Council that will capitalized on their executive influence on the President-elect’s priorities in coming years…designed to prevent further impacts to plant/animal health (and human health), the environment, and economic decline nationwide.  Linking this back to biosecurity and economic harm seems to be an approach in vogue these days….thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic.  But that kind of connection has been highlighted for decades by those of us in the invasive species arena.

January 06, 2021


Join this webinar on the biological control of Convolvulus arvensis on January 14, 2021, via Zoom, at 11 AM ET, 9 AM MT. See how to join, here below the image.

Join ZoomGov Meeting
https://www.zoomgov.com/j/1604636423?pwd=QlRMSzJDb3pnd2NodE1CM3IwMXNhQT09

Meeting ID: 160 463 6423
Passcode: 710070

January 05, 2021

From High Desert Partnership's Website

Invasive annual grasses threaten millions of acres of sagebrush rangelands across the west. This two day workshop Dec 14 & 15, 2020 hosted by the Harney County Wildfire Collaborative and SageCon Partnership explored the barriers and opportunities for addressing invasive annual grasses in Oregon and beyond the state.

"That was a gathering that brought expertise and courage to the table and generated hope for the future of our rangelands in me. One of the best workshops I have ever attended! You folks hit a home run! This conference stimulated conversations at every level of the IAG problem and brought together an appropriate and dynamic group to delve into the realities of the challenge before us. Your preparation of speakers for each forum was extremely helpful and the moderating was superb! People from all over the west listened in. Researchers and managers got discussion opportunities. Fire and weed people got to compare notes. The visual notes were fabulous. I am left pondering the next steps! Thanks so much!"  ~Mark Porter, Integrated Noxious Weed Manager, Oregon Dept. of Agriculture

Watch the December 14 session.

Watch the December 15 session.

Don't miss the graphic notes from both sessions:

January 04, 2021

Watch launch of WGA's Data Mobilization Campaign to combat invasive species

How best to battle the advance of invasive species in the West? It's a multi-pronged attack, but high-quality information is a key element to a winning strategy. That's why WGA launched its Invasive Species Data Mobilization Campaign, to enable wider sharing of useful invasive species occurrence data, with a webinar held last December 16th. The webinar, hosted by WGA and the North American Invasive Species Management Association, featured representatives from the four existing invasive species data management platforms -- EDDMapS, iMapInvasives, BISON, and USGS NAS -- discussing the importance of data standardization and sharing. Watch the webinar here.

Read the 2018 WGA Invasive Species Data Management Workshop's findings and recommendations here.


January 04, 2021   

The North American Invasive Species Forum is an international event encompassing the interests of professionals and organizations involved in invasive species management, research, and regulation across North America. The Forum will bring together the international invasive species community and will highlight new research, emerging issues, success stories and prevention and response initiatives from across Canada, Mexico and the U.S., and also build on the previous North American Invasive Species Forum held in 2017. The Canadian Council on Invasive Species is hosting this Forum with the support of, and guidance from, an international steering committee representing the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.  

For more information, see: https://canadainvasives.ca/programs/north-american-forum/

November 19th, 2020

Although California has done a lot of work on the early detection of invasive species, according to the California Invasive Plant Council (CAL-IPC), its response to invasive plants could be stronger. More needs to be done to protect the state’s biodiversity, agriculture, recreation, and water supply. Fire safety can be improved by better handling of invasive plants. This white paper describes the background of EDRR principles, provides a description of existing efforts, and gives recommendations for strengthening the state’s EDRR capacity.

Download the report here: https://www.cal-ipc.org/resources/library/publications/ca-biodiversity-edrr/

Two women with backpacks on their back bend over to pull weeds on a steep hilside