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Administration Officials to Meet with Great Lakes Governors Regarding
Asian Carp on Feb 8, 2010 (Jan 28, 2010)
Executive Office of the President. Council on Environmental Quality.
Obama Administration officials will meet with Great Lakes Governors regarding
the threat of Asian carp to the Great
Lakes. The meeting will focus on discussing strategies to combat the spread of
Asian carp and ensure coordination and the most effective response across all
levels of government.
Secret Life of Smoke in Fostering Rebirth and Renewal of Burned
Landscape (Jan 27, 2010)
American Chemical Society.
An international team of scientists are reporting discovery of a plant growth
inhibitor in smoke. Interaction of the inhibitor compounds and other compounds
may ensure that seeds remain dormant until environmental conditions are best
Warrant Issued in Zebra Mussel Case (Jan 26, 2010)
Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife.
An arrest warrant has been issued for a commercial trucker from Michigan charged
with transporting invasive zebra mussels into
Washington state aboard a 50-foot cabin cruiser.
Profile -- Dutch Elm Disease
USDA. NAL. National Invasive Species
Dutch elm disease is a lethal fungal disease of
elm trees which spread is by the elm bark beetle. This
disease is responsible for demise of "Herbie",
New England's largest and oldest elm tree. The tree was
estimated to be 240 years old, battled Dutch elm disease
for 50 years, but lost the fight on Jan 19, 2010.
of Nature's Invading Aliens Measured for First Time (Jan
International Union for Conservation of Nature.
Invasive alien species, ranging from disease and plants, to rats and goats, are
one of the top three threats to life on this planet, according to a new publication
coordinated by the Global Invasive Species Programme,
of which IUCN is a partner.
The authors looked at 57 countries and found that, on average, there are 50 non-indigenous
species per country which have a negative impact on biodiversity.
Support for the Fight Against Invasive Mussels (Jan
DOI. U.S. Fish and Wildlife
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's
Pacific and Mountain-Prairie Regions, collaborating with other partners, have
provided funding to enhance regional efforts to detect and prevent the spread
of invasive mussels. These projects are aimed at implementing the new Quagga
- Zebra Mussel Action Plan for Western U.S. Waters
(QZAP) (2009; PDF | 799 KB), approved by the national Aquatic
Nuisance Species Task Force (ANSTF).
Moves to Ban Importation and Interstate Transfer of Burmese Python
and Eight Other Giant Invasive Snakes (PDF | 34 KB) (Jan
DOI. Fish and
the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will
propose to list the Burmese python and eight other large constrictor snakes that
threaten the Everglades and other sensitive ecosystems as "injurious wildlife" under
the Lacey Act.
More than 1,200 of the snakes have been removed from Everglades National Park
since 2000, where they threaten many imperiled species and other wildlife.
Funding to Cooperators for Pest and Disease Management and Disaster
Prevention (Jan 19, 2010)
allocated $45 million, provided by Section
10201 of the 2008
Farm Bill for projects to build and preserve
critical plant health safeguarding initiatives across
America. These projects include enhancing plant pest
and disease analysis and survey, strengthening pest
identification and technology, safeguarding nursery
production and increasing related public outreach
Great Waters Coalition Launched
National Wildlife Federation.
On Dec 8, more than 30 organizations launched the America's Great Waters Coalition.
The goals of the Coalition are to make the restoration of the nation's great
waters a national priority; secure sustainable dedicated funding for restoration;
and enact and ensure sound implementation of restoration projects, including
Canal and Singapore at Highest Risk of Invasive Species (Jan
Scientists have developed a new map of shipping networks that they say will act
as a useful tool in preventing the threat of invasive species. They analyzed
the routes of over 16,000 cargo ships through onboard automatic transmitters
to map the links between the ports they visited, and used the data to create
a list of the ports with the highest risk for the introduction of invasive species.
Species Awareness Week -- Jan 10-14, 2010 in D.C.
The conference theme "Invasive Species: Change and Dollars," will be
organized thematically and in the context of securing adequate resources to address
invasive species in a time of global change. The inter-related themes will be
climate change, energy (biofuels), and the "green" economy.
Invasive Species Multiply in U.S. Waterways (Jan 4,
Inter Press Service News Agency.
As 2010, the UN's International
Year of Biodiversity, gets underway, a fight against some of the most damaging
invasive species in U.S. waterways is
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