EDRR Citizen Science Invasive Plant Program Trainings
We are scheduling nine Identification, Early Detection and Reporting trainings for 2015. Most of our training dates are set (see below). Please check back for updates! We look forward to year four of our Citizen Science EDRR Invasive Plant Monitoring Program. Please see our "EDRR Local" tab for more information on this exciting citizens science effort!
2015 EDRR Citizen Science EDRRTrainings:
***Capacity will be limited so if you would like to attend one of these free trainings, please REGISTER WITH JULIE COMBS via e-mail or phone to reserve your place! firstname.lastname@example.org or call (615)-812-5295
- Naches, WA Friday, March 27th; 1:00pm-3:30pm
Address: USFS Naches Ranger Station, 10237 U.S. Highway 12, Naches, WA 98937
Enter through the BACK door of the building. Free parking is available in the back near the back door.Hosted by: Jodi Leingang, USFS Tapash CFLR Coordinator/Planning, Range, Invasives, Botany Staff
- White Salmon, WA Saturday, March 28th; 10:00am-12:30pm
Address: White Salmon Community Library, 77 Northeast Wauna Avenue, White Salmon, WA 98672 Hosted by: Don Hardin, WA Native Plant Society’s Suksdorfia Chapter
- Eatonville, WA Wednesday, April 8th; 1:00 pm-3:30pm
Address: 11610 Trek Drive East, Eatonville, WA; Specific location of training will be sent to participants who sign up for the trainings.
Hosted by: NorthwestTrek Wildlife Park General location information about Northwest Trek can be found at http://www.nwtrek.org/
- Bellingham, WA Wednesday, April 15th; 1:00 pm-3:30pm
Address: Whatcom County Noxious Weed Control Board, 322 N. Commercial St., Suite 110, Bellingham WA 98225; Enter at street level at the front of the building off of Commercial St. and go to the Civic Garden Level Meeting Room. Limited free parking along south end of the building. Hosted by: Laurel Baldwin, Whatcom Co. Noxious Weed Board and Shauna Hee USFS Botanist
- Olympia, WA Wednesday, April 22nd; 1:00 pm-3:30pm
Address: Olympic National Forest Service Office, 1835 Black Lake Blvd SW, Olympia, WA
Please enter through the main entrance, which faces towards Black Lake Blvd. Enter conference room on right from main lobby of the building. Free parking available in the visitor lot in front of the main entrance, or along the northeast side of the building.
Hosted by: Will Arnesen, USFS Botanist for the Olympic National Forest
- Kelso, WA Thursday, April 23rd; 2:00 pm-4:30pm
Address: 207 Fourth Avenue N., Kelso, WA, 92626 Cowlitz County Administration Building, (General Meeting room, 3rd floor – Room 300) Parking is available on streets around the Administration Building (three story brick building) or in 2 lots located East and Northwest of the building. Enter the building through the north door; proceed up one floor to the meeting room. Hosted by: Angelica Velazquez, Cowlitz County Noxious Weed Coordinator and Carol Chandler, USFS Gifford Pinchot Botanist
- Vancouver, WA Wednesday, April 29th; 1:00 pm-3:30pm
Address: Gifford Pinchot National Forest Service Office, 10600 NE 51st Circle, Vancouver, WA 98682. Please enter by the front door on the west side of the building. Sign in at the front desk. You can park in the main lot or visitor parking on the south side of the building.
Hosted by: Carol Chandler, Gifford Pinchot Botanist, USFS and Emily Stevensen, Skamania County Noxious Weed Program Coordinator
- Sandy, OR Thursday, April 30th; 10:00am-12:30pm
Address: Mt. Hood National Forest Headquarters, 16400 Champion Way, Sandy, OR 97055
Park in the visitor parking lot on the west side of the building (the building’s main entrance). Enter through the front door. Sign in at the front desk and get a visitor pass from the receptionists.
Hosted by: David Lebo, Westside Zone Botanist, Mt. Hood Botanist National Forest
- North Bend, WA Sunday, May 3rd; 9:00 am-4:00pm [Includes optional field excursion]
Address: Mt. Baker Snoqualmie National Forest North Bend Ranger Station, Meeting Hall (behind Ranger Station), 902 SE North Bend Way, North Bend, WA 98045
Hosted by: Carrie Schreiber, Mt. Baker Snoqualmie National Forest, and Sasha Shaw, King County Noxious Weed Control Program. This is a joint training for the Upper Snoqualmie/Alpine Lakes Wilderness Weed Watchers and the PNW-IPC EDRR program.
- Seattle, WA [Date and time coming soon, partnering with King County Weed Watchers for a potential June 2015 training]
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, 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 email@example.com (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.