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Mon, Dec 14


Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Cen

2020 Innovations in Invasive Species Management

We invite you to join us for the fourth annual Innovations in Invasive Species Management Training and Workshop to be held at Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, TN. The topic this year is "WHY do we manage invasive species?"

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2020 Innovations in Invasive Species Management
2020 Innovations in Invasive Species Management

Time & Location

Dec 14, 2020, 8:00 AM CST – Dec 17, 2020, 6:00 PM CST

Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Cen, 2800 Opryland Dr, Nashville, TN 37214, USA

About The Event

Outstanding Speakers from Around the World

We are fortunate to have several prominent keynote speakers including:

Doug Tallamy, professor at the University of Delaware who will offer two thought provoking presentations. 

Olaf Weyl, DST/NRF Research Chair in Inland Fisheries and Freshwater Ecology with the South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity.  Olaf will be discussing Invasive fish and their management in southern Africa. 

Dr. Tanja Strive, Principal Research Scientist with CSIRO Health & Biosecurity will discuss the Biological control of rabbits in Australia – 70 years of landscape-scale management of a vertebrate pest. Iain D Paterson, Senior Researcher, Centre for Biological Control, Department of Zoology and Entomology, Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa.  Mr Paterson will be sharing his experience with  “The Working for Water programme: invasive plant control and poverty alleviation”  The aims of WfW were to protect ecosystem services, such as water resources and rangeland productivity; protect indigenous biodiversity; and create employment for disadvantaged and impoverished people. From as early as 1995, weed biocontrol was a part of WfW, with the understanding that success was impossible without it. Over 24 years, WfW has grown to an annual budget of over 100 million USD, has created 247 000 jobs, and cleared invasive alien plants from 35 million ha of land. 

Professor Dan Tompkins representing Predator Free New Zealand will share Predator Free 2050 – progress to date and future strategy”.

Dickie Hall, Operational Logistics Manager, RSPB Gough Island Restoration Programme SGHT Habitat Restoration Project, South Georgia Heritage Trust will provide an update on the ongoing “SGHT Habitat Restoration Project - The World's Largest Rodent Eradication” and “RSPB Gough Island Restoration Programme – Saving the Tristan Albatross”.

With more to come….

2020 Outdoor Equipment Demonstrations at the Warner Parks

A favorite session in past conferences has been the outdoor equipment demos.  In 2020 we have expanded this session and will be hosting demonstrations at the Warner Parks (WP) rain or shine.  Come visit this urban wilderness and the progress made in the “Invasive Free at the WP 2027” campaign.  Vendors have already begun to visit the park to set up demo sites in preparation for the December event.  If you have equipment or techniques you would like to demonstrate during the conference, please contact conference coordinator Steve Manning to discuss details. 

Conference Lodging Rooms are open for booking at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel.  Click on the following link to go directly to the reservations page.

Interested in Offering a Presentation?

Please send in an abstract according to the guidelines (Arial 11, single spaced, bold and italicized where indicated in the sample) in the example below to

Sample Abstract

Presenter: Tree of Heaven

Title: Ailanthus Altissima

Affiliation: Trees

Contact Information


Telephone: 615-385-4319

Title of Presentation

Controlling Tree of Heaven

Abstract for Presentation 1

You can eradicate an infestation by eliminating every invasive plant and its seeds in the infestation, a difficult feat that requires timely and repeated use of the most effective treatments. You can control or suppress an infestation through medium effective treatments that mostly kill aboveground plant parts but that leave, even with repeated treatments, the live roots or rhizomes unharmed. You can contain an

infestation by confining and restricting its spread through effective treatments that eliminate outlier plants, spots, or advancing fronts. Containment is often the only option when infestations continue to encroach from adjoining untreated lands. Remember: all treatments should be monitored for determining followup actions.

Speaker Bio

Ailanthus is a deciduous tree to 80 feet (25 m) in height and 6 feet (1.8 m) in diameter, with long pinnately compound leaves and circular glands under lobes on leaflet bases. Strong odor from flowers and other parts, sometimes likened to peanuts or cashews.

If you have any querstions please contact...

Steven T Manning

Innovations Conference Coordinator


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