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
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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 Relationshipat 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.

Register here:

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

The North American Invasive Species Management Association ( 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: by COB Thursday, April 18, 2019 (extended deadline).

Zoom information:

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android:

Call -in number: 1-646-558-8656;        Meeting ID: 140898520# 

Important URLs:   Acronyms (public page):

FICMNEW Web site:

FICMNEW shareable presentations:

Public collaboration space home page (open and accessible without login):




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 ( 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 ( 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


FICMNEW Co-Chairs:

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). 


The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is launching a new “Pests and Diseases” webpage. The new page lists all pest and disease programs managed by APHIS as part of its mission to protect American agriculture and natural resources.

On the new page, users can search by type (plant, animal), keyword (avian, fruit fly, cotton), or by the specific pest or disease (coconut rhinoceros beetle, brucellosis). You can also scroll through the page, which lists the pests and diseases alphabetically and includes a corresponding image.

APHIS created the webpage to make it easier for its customers to find critical information on pests and diseases of concern. With this tool, members of the public will have the information they need to report pests and diseases and together we can protect America’s agriculture and natural resources.

To visit the page, go to or click the Pests and Diseases link under the Resources tab on the APHIS homepage.

APHIS Pest and Disease page

Weed Wrangle®, a "one-day, citywide, volunteer effort to help rescue our public parks and green spaces from invasive species through hands-on removal of especially harmful trees, vines and flowering plants" was recently showcased in a New York Times article entitled The Real Aliens in our Backyard The future of this county’s wild spaces may depend on changing the way suburban Americans think about plants

NY Times opinion writer Margaret Renkl highlighted the importance that Weed Wrangle is putting on education, eradication and replanting with natives. The comments on the article are also interesting. This kind of publicity will hopefully encourage a national conversation.


The government of Poland has requested USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) to authorize the importation of the Fragaria x ananassa Duchesne cold-stored, bare root plants from Poland into the Continental United States.

APHIS has drafted a pest risk assessment that lists the potential pests likely to remain on the commodity upon importation if no mitigations are applied.

APHIS shares draft pest risk assessment to determine whether stakeholders have information that might lead us to revise the draft assessment before we identify pest mitigations and proceed with the notice-based process to change import restrictions.

The draft pest risk assessment for propagative plants of Fragaria x ananassa from Poland will be available for review and comment for 30 days. To view the assessment or submit comments, go to

Recent Detection and Spread of a new type of Trapa, an Invasive Aquatic Plant, in the Potomac River Watershed*

by Dr. Nancy Rybicki** USGS emeritus

Join us for a review of the information obtained from 2014 to 2018 on a new type of non-native water chestnut spreading in Virginia. How do we better reach out to stakeholders to inform them and encourage them to stop the spread of Trapa bispinosa? Are you 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?

This plant is a non-native floating aquatic plant that was discovered in 2014 in the Potomac River watershed 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 (see the USGS NAS database for more
information).  Immediate action is needed to control this plant before it expands throughout the watershed and causes significant ecological, economic and recreational impacts. Early Detection and Rapid Response (EDRR) is most effective through a coordinated effort.

Join Us Wednesday, March 27th, 2:30 PM ET

In Person: USDA FOREST SERVICE Headquarters' (201 14th St SW, Washington, DC) Civilian Conservation Corps Room, 

The Civilian Conservation Corps Room is located at the basement level all the way at the end of the hallway.  Government I.D. needed to enter the building. Walk down the stairs behind the Guard Desk; follow the hallway to other end of bldg. Meeting room is the last room on the right. 

Via Teleconference: Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android:

Call-in number: 1-646-558-8656; Meeting ID: 140898520#

For technical support contact: Ronald Dunmore,, Cory Legall,, or Arthur Pridemore,

This FICMNEW meeting will be facilitated by co-chair Robert Nowierski (NIFA). The presentation will be followed by a Q/A, and if time permits, news updates by participants.


* Related publication: Cryptic introduction of water chestnut (Trapa) in the northeastern United States 
Chorak et al. 2019, Aquatic Botany 155:32-37

** Dr. Nancy Rybicki, USGS emeritus aquatic plant ecologist, has in the past 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.

NISAW logo, showing the letters being chewed and overgrown by various invasive species.

Meet the Experts to Learn About Pressing Invasive Species Issues

Help us observe National Invasive Species Awareness Week on Capitol Hill and across the country during the week of February 25th-March 3rd, 2019, held in cooperation with the Congressional Invasive Species Caucus. Participate in events throughout this week to raise awareness and identify solutions to invasive species issues at local, state, tribal, regional, and national scales.

A Week's Worth of Events

Upcoming NISAW 2019 Activities

Please stay tuned for more information about future NISAW 2019 events taking place on Capitol Hill:

  • "Fire and Water" Informational Briefings on Wildfires and Invasive Species (April/May)
  • Federal Agency Fair (May)
  • Connect with state or local invasive species events throughout the year by visiting
  • If You Plan on Coming to NISAW Events in DC, Please RSVP Using This Doodle Poll

NISAW Thanks Its Generous Sponsors: The Reduce Risks from Invasive Species Coalition, Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission.

The Innovations in Invasive Species Management Conference and Training Event will be held at the Coeur d’Alene Resort in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, on December 10-12th, 2019.  Innovations Conference 2019 Website.  2017 and 2018 were great successes with land managers coming together from throughout the US and overseas.  The conference hosts people from throughout the US and World looking for new techniques and inspiration from successes to manage a wide range of invasive species We are working to include more animal, marine and insect content as well this year. Be ready for some exciting new topics and demonstrations in 2019.  

The 2019 innovations Conference is being hosted by the Pacific Northwest Invasive Plant Council (, the Northern Rockies Invasive Plant Council ( and Invasive Plant Control, Inc. ( 

If you would like to present an oral presentation or a poster, demonstrate equipment or reserve a vendor space, please see below for directions.  Otherwise if you have any questions please give Steven Manning a call at 615-969-1309 or send an email at


For the 2019 meeting we are requesting proposals related to:

  • All aspects of Invasive Species Management
  • Large scale invasive species management projects
  • Pollinators and Habitat Management
  • Herbicides, looking at them from both sides
  • Where does installation of native plant material fit into the restoration scheme
  • Management of invasive species in sensitive areas
  • Managing Behaviors in Invasive Species Management
  • Specific Invasive Species Control applications
  • Use of Innovative Tools and Equipment for on the Ground Invasive Species Management
  • Using Drones to Manage Invasive Species
  • State Specific Talks related to Invasive Species Management
  • Developing and Implementing a Weed Wrangle
  • Weed control projects or research from diverse habitats
  • Mapping using UAVs
  • Coordinating volunteers and communicating with the public
  • Management of key Invasives: Success Stories and Progress Reports
  • Unique prevention techniques

Types of proposals we are seeking:

  • Outdoor Equipment Demonstrations
  • General Session Oral Presentations 15-30 minutes in length
  • Poster Presentations


  • Deadline for submission of Oral Presentation Abstracts is May 15th, 2018
  • Deadline for submission of Field Demonstration and Poster Presentation Abstracts is November 5th, 2018

General Sessions

  • Oral Presentations will be 15-30 minutes long with 5 minutes for discussion and questions. Presentations will be included in a relevant general oral session, or in an organized oral session if appropriate.
  • Poster Presentations will be displayed throughout the conference in the main Ballroom.   We ask that you be present during the session to present your poster and answer questions.  Posters should be no larger than 4x4 ft.
  • Outdoor Equipment Demonstrations will occur on Friday December 14th on the Opryland Grounds and at local parks in the hotel vicinity.  If you are interested in offering an equipment demonstration please contact Steven Manning

Note to Students: We encourage student submissions. Students who want to present at the conference should submit their abstract according to the outlines on this page.

Abstract Submission Instructions

For Symposia and Organized Oral Sessions, abstracts must be submitted for each presentation.

Abstracts must be submitted electronically to Steven Manning. Your email must include the document in the format described below, with this subject line:

  • Subject: (presenter’s last name) and type of submission (i.e. organized oral session, symposium, workshop, general oral session, or general poster session)

Abstract Content and Style for Papers and Posters

Each submitted abstract must include the following.  Please carefully adhere to these guidelines: Attach your abstract in Microsoft Word, using one-inch margins and Arial, 11 pt. font. Single space the abstract and separate each section with a single line space. 

      1. Title of Presentation
      2. Author
        1. Name
        2. Title
        3. Organization
      3. Contact information
        1. Email
        2. Telephone
        3. Address
      4. Abstract
      5. Speaker Bio



All Table, Nonprofit and Booth Exhibitors will receive the following benefits:

  • Logo placement on conference website
  • Name and logo displayed in conference program
  • Exhibit booth or display table space
  • One full conference registration
  • Logo placement on conference website

Booth Exhibitor: $1,250

  • A draped, 10’ x 10’ exhibit area, with one clothed and draped 8’ table
  • A second full complementary registration

Table Exhibitor: $700

  • One clothed and draped 8’ table plus 2 chairs

Nonprofit Exhibitor: $300

  • Same benefits as regular Table Exhibitor


All Annual Meeting Sponsors receive the following benefits:

  • Logo placement on conference announcements, publications and website with a link to your website
  • Logo displayed in conference program
  • Logo displayed on prominent signage at the event
  • Exhibit booth space
  • Sponsor ribbons on name badges to recognize your company’s contribution

Additional benefits per tiered sponsor level include:

Concurrent Session Sponsor: $1,500

  • Receive 2 complimentary full conference registrations
  • Your company will be recognized as a sponsor of a concurrent session
  • Your company logo will appear on signage outside the session room

Break Sponsors: $3,000

  • Receive 4 complimentary full conference registrations
  • Your company will sponsor a morning or afternoon break during which all attendees will see your logo prominently displayed at the refreshment area
  • Quarter-page ad in conference program 

Lunch Reception Sponsor: $5,000

  • Receive 6 complimentary full conference registrations
  • Your company will sponsor the one of the Exhibitor Lunch Receptions
  • All attendees will see your company name in several locations during lunch
  • Half-page ad in conference program

Evening Reception Sponsor: $7,500

  • Receive 8 complimentary full conference registrations
  • Your company will sponsor the Thursday evening Dinner
  • All attendees will recognize your company name in several locations around the buffet area; speaking opportunity at the general session
  • Full page ad in conference program 

Additional or partial sponsorship opportunities are available such as sponsoring the tour, a break, special session, reception, or other marketing opportunity. For more information please contact Steven Manning at 615-969-1309 or

The 2019 North American Invasive Species Management Association - New York Invasive Species Research Institute Joint Conference will be held September 30 - October 3, 2019 at the Saratoga Hilton, Saratoga Springs, NY. The conference will cover all categories of invasive organisms (aquatic and terrestrial plants, animals, insects and pathogens) and habitats. Presentations will cover a breadth of species and issues impacting different areas of North America, highlighting efforts in the Northeast, and seek to promote information sharing and collaboration across regions.

The purpose of this conference is to provide a venue for learning about and sharing the latest research, management tools, and policy updates to inform and improve invasive species prevention, detection, control, and management outcomes on-the-ground. Presentations will be geared towards a broad audience including land managers, agriculture and natural resource professionals, researchers, students, landscape and nursery professionals, business leaders, foresters, environmental consultants, lake association members, lake improvement district professionals, private landowners, conservation group leaders, and non-governmental organizations. 

Sessions will include policy, prevention, detection, control and mitigation techniques, restoration, biocontrol, prescribed fire, citizen science, climate change, decision science and other special topics.

This year's conference theme is Connecting Science to Action. The organizing committee is especially interested in presentations that provide examples of: (1) how science is being used by invasive species managers and related professionals to inform and improve management decisions, (2) how managers can inform, and are currently informing research on invasive species and (3) information on new policies, methods and technologies being used to prevent, detect, or manage invasive species.

Presenters are invited to submit abstracts for oral or poster presentations pertaining to the topics listed above as well as related invasive species management or research topics.

All general session abstracts must be submitted by the abstract deadline of April 3, 2019.

A program committee will review and approve abstracts. Acceptance will be based on the quality of the written abstract, its relevance to the conference theme and session topics, and receipt of abstract by the deadline. Oral presentation slots are limited and authors are asked to indicate whether they would be willing to present their information in poster format, in the event that the committee does not approve the abstract for a 20 minute oral presentation slot.

More information and the abstract submission form can be found here.

The North American Invasive Species Management Association is pleased to announce that 2018 UMISC - NAISMA Joint Conference presentations are now available for download as PDF files. You can scroll through by day directly on MIPN's website or view/search a comprehensive PDF that includes links to all available presentations. NAISMA's website has a link here as well.

We hope this helps you to catch up on any speakers or topics you missed, in addition to revisit your favorite presentations! Please note that if a presentation is not hyperlinked, we either did not receive the file or the speaker preferred that it not be shared. 

Many thanks to the teamwork of host organizations, IPAW, MIPN, MISAC, and NAISMA for making this possible.