With funding from the National Forest Foundation and the WSDA, we are gearing up for our third year to search for priority invasive plants in our National Forests and beyond. We are excited to recruit new volunteers and inspire our current volunteer base to search for and eradicate invasive plant populations in WA State. This year we are focusing on documenting invasive species in the Olympic, Gifford Pinchot and the Naches District Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forests but surveys conducted on any public land are also greatly needed. If you are hiking, boating, kayaking, horseback riding or working in these areas and are interested in participating in our program, you are invited to attend of our upcoming trainings please see the attached flyer above.
University of Washington Botanic Gardens, Seattle, WA September 16-17, 2014
Invasive plants are a significant threat to biodiversity and ecosystem function. New introductions continue to emerge through a variety of pathways and vectors, while existing invaders continue to persist and expand their range. Changes in climate, land use, and biotic interactions present new challenges in controlling the spread of these invaders. Land managers and scientists will hear the latest information on how to effectively prevent, detect, and respond to these persistent and emerging threats. Conference presentations, both invited and contributed, will stimulate dialogue, raise new questions and offer innovative solutions. Participants from throughout northwestern North America will contribute ideas and meet colleagues for collaboration.
September 16 - Dan Simberloff, University of Tennessee
September 17 - Jason S. McLachlan, University of Notre Dame
More information and registration at www.bit.ly/invplants2014.
Invasive Species Management Workshops- Nov 5th and Nov 7th!
The following workshops are sponsored by the Pacific Northwest Invasive Plant Council. These invasive plant management workshops will be held in:
- Tacoma Washington at the Tacoma Nature Centeron November 5th, 2013 (http://www.invasiveplantcontrol.com/tacoma/)
- SunRiver Oregon (close to Bend) on November 7th, 2013 (http://www.invasiveplantcontrol.com/bend/). A link to the current agendas can be found by following the registration links above and can be viewed before registering.
The day’s talks at both workshops will be a mix of practical on the ground control recommendations, current research in the field and discussions of partnership opportunities for controlling invasive plants. Follow the links above for Agenda, Directions and Registration.
$25 for SWS or PNW-IPC members
$30 for non-members
2013 Citizen Science EDRR Volunteer Trainings
Call for Citizen Science Invasive Species Volunteers: Join the effort to help locate and eradicate invasive plants from WA State!
EDRR Citizen Science Program
The PNW Invasive Plant Council is working in partnership with the Washington Dept. of Agriculture (WSDA) and other state and local conservation groups on a Citizen Science EDRR (Early Detection Rapid Response) program. With funding from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, we are in our second year and are very excited to recruit new volunteers and inspire our current volunteer base to search for newly emerging invasive plant populations within our target areas. Our target areas are on public lands (e.g., National Forests, Wildlife Conservation Areas, and Natural Area Preserves etc.) within ten WA counties (Jefferson, Clallam, Grays Harbor, Mason, Pierce, Thurston, Lewis, Kittitas, Yakima and Klickitat). If you are hiking, boating, kayaking, horseback riding or working in these areas and are interested in participating in our program, you are invited to attend one of our two upcoming trainings on May 5th and 6th (1pm – 3:30pm).
Training Locations and Dates for 2013:
- Sunday, May 5th; 1pm - 3:30pm at NorthwestTrek Wildlife Park in Eatonville, WA
11610 Trek Drive East, Eatonville, WA; Specific location of training will be sent to participants who sign up for the trainings. General location information about Northwest Trek can be found at http://www.nwtrek.org/
- Monday, May 6th, 2013; 1pm – 3:30pm at LOTT Clean Water Alliance Center in Olympia, WA
500 Adams Street NE, Olympia, WA; Specific location of training will be sent to participants who sign up for the trainings. General location information can be found at http://www.lottcleanwater.org/directions.htm
***Capacity is limited so if you would like to attend one of the trainings, please RSVP to Julie Combs at firstname.lastname@example.org (or call 615-812-5295) to reserve your place! We look forward to seeing you there.
Citizen Science EDRR Volunteer Training
Our mission is to train citizens to identify a suite of invasive plants and to take basic data on their location and population numbers so we can inform land managers of their presence which will help lead to their eradication before they spread. We will train volunteers to identify 30 EDRR plants in a 2.5 hour training which will include a PowerPoint presentation and an opportunity to examine herbarium species of target species. Live material will also be used if possible. Volunteers who sign up for the program will receive a training booklet to help ID species in the field along with survey forms. EDRR trainings are free. Trainings are intended to equip volunteers with the knowledge necessary to conduct EDRR plant surveys in target areas. We hope that each volunteer who attends the trainings can commit to at least two surveys over the 2013 field season.