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Hawaii Invasive Species Council.

The State of Hawaii is hosting the 2nd annual Hawaii Invasive Species Awareness Week (HISAW) in March 2014. HISAW seeks to promote information sharing and public engagement in what the Hawaii State Legislature has declared "the single greatest threat to Hawaii's economy and natural environment and to the health and lifestyle of Hawaii’s people."

* See our Hawaii state resource page for more information and additional resources.

 
Post Date: Feb 25, 2014


National Invasive Species Awareness Week.

National Invasive Species Awareness Week

Due to continued budget and travel restrictions for federal agencies there will not be a full program of federal events in Washington DC during 2014. However please continue invasive species awareness by hosting state or local events. Planning has begun for a full event in 2015. Also see "National Invasive Species Awareness Week" Spotlights the Importance of Prevention and Management Strategies (Feb 10, 2014) from the Weed Science Society of America.

* See our News and Events section for more information and additional resources.

 
Post Date: Feb 21, 2014


State of Hawai'i Department of Agriculture.

Another new invasive pest has been detected on Oahu, one that damages coconut trees and other palm plants. The Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle (CRB) was detected at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam on Dec 23, 2013 during routine surveys conducted.

* See our Hawaii state resource page for additional resources.

 
Post Date: Jan 16, 2014


USDA. NAL. National Invasive Species Information Center.

Invasives 2014: Invasive Species Council of British Columbia Public Forum & AGM -- Jan 21-22, 2014

2014 Agricultural Outlook Forum -- Feb 20-21, 2014

2014 Ocean Sciences Meeting -- Feb 23-28, 2014

79th North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference -- Mar 10-14, 2014

2014 Joint European Food Safety Authority - European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization Workshop on "Data Collection and Information Sharing in Plant Health" -- Apr 1-3, 2014

National Association of Environmental Professionals 2014 Annual Conference: Changing Tides & Shifting Sands -- Apr 7-10, 2014

21st Biennial International Plant Resistance to Insects Workshop -- Apr 14-18, 2014

9th Annual International Symposium of Environment -- May 12-15, 2014

2nd Annual International Conference on Ecology, Ecosystems and Climate Change -- Jun 14-17, 2014

Joint 2014 Annual Meetings & Conference of the Agriculture, Food and Human Values Society (AFHVS), Association for the Study of Food and Society (ASFS), & Society for Anthropology of Food and Nutrition (SAFN) -- Jun 18-22, 2014

Island Biology 2014: International Conference on Island Evolution, Ecology, and Conservation -- Jul 7-11, 2014

2nd North America Congress for Conservation Biology -- Jul 13-16, 2014

7th International Symposium on Molecular Insect Science -- Jul 13-16, 2014

2nd Annual International Conference on Water -- Jul 14-17, 2014

2014 Annual International Conference on Earth and Environmental Sciences -- Jul 14-17, 2014

2014 International Seminar on Protected Area Management -- Jul 18-Aug 4, 2014

51st Annual Meeting of the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation -- Jul 20-24, 2014

49th Annual Grassland Society of Southern Africa Congress -- Jul 22-24, 2014

69th Soil and Water Conservation Society Annual Conference: Making Waves in Conservation -- Jul 27-30, 2014

2014 Conference on Ecological and Ecosystem Restoration -- Jul 28-Aug 1, 2014

11th Australasian Plant Virology Workshop - 2014 -- Aug 13-15, 2014

3rd International Marine Conservation Congress -- Aug 14-19, 2014

9th Annual Georgia Environmental Conference -- Aug 20-22, 2014

2014 Australian Entomological Conference -- Sep 28-Oct 1, 2014

Meeting the Challenge: Predicting, Detecting, and Controlling Invasive Plants -- Sep 16-17, 2014

8th Australasian Soilborne Diseases Symposium -- Nov 10-13, 2014

100th Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America -- Aug 9-14, 2015

* See our Conference Calendar for more and resources.

 
Post Date: Jan 14, 2014


Invasive Plant Science and Management - Oct-Dec 2013 (Vol 6, No. 4)

USDA. NAL. National Invasive Species Information Center.

Issue articles include:

Comparing Effectiveness and Impacts of Japanese Barberry (Berberis thunbergii) Control Treatments and Herbivory on Plant Communities
Hand Pulling Following Mowing and Herbicide Treatments Increases Control of Spotted Knapweed (Centaurea stoebe)
Integration of Prescribed Burning, Aminopyralid, and Reseeding for Restoration of Yellow Starthistle (Centaurea solstitialis)-Infested Rangeland
Assessing Invasiveness of Exotic Weeds outside their Current Invasive Range
-- and more...

Note: Article abstracts are available to everyone. Full-text articles may require a subscription (USDA access through DigiTop).

* See our Scientific Journals page to view the first 5 abstracts or all abstracts, and additional resources. And, also see our Scientific Journal Articles section for more resources.

 
Post Date: Jan 14, 2014


Massachusetts Introduced Pest Outreach Project.

The emerald ash borer (EAB) was detected in the western Massachusetts Town of Dalton on Aug 31, 2012, and was confirmed by federal officials on Sep 6, 2012. Massachusetts is the 18th state in the country to detect EAB. See latest news to keep up with the latest Massachusetts pest news. If you think you have seen EAB or signs of EAB tree damage in Massachusetts, use the Emerald Ash Borer Reporting Form. Also see how you can help detect EAB -- wasp watchers wanted!

* See our Massachusetts state resource page for additional resources.

 
Post Date: Jan 14, 2014


USDA. NAL. National Invasive Species Information Center.

This updated workbook for federal fiscal year 2014 contains basic information on programs in USDA that could be used to fund and support invasive species related projects. This list should be a helpful place to start a search for sources of technical and financial resources for invasive species activities but may not include all potential invasive species funding opportunities. Please use this workbook to help in your important and vital work in safeguarding and enhancing natural, recreational and agricultural resources.

The USDA hopes this information is helpful for those working with invasive species. Partnerships and cost-sharing programs help all of us advance our goals of protecting our agricultural resources and ensure safe, healthy land and water for all of us to enjoy. Join with USDA in fighting invasive species: prepare, protect, and prevent.

* See our U.S. Department of Agriculture Grant and Partnership Programs for Invasive Species page for more information.

 
Post Date: Jan 08, 2014


USDA. NAL. National Invasive Species Information Center.

Khapra beetles are native to India. The first specimen in the U.S. was discovered in California in 1953, but the infestation was eradicated; since then, it has been frequently intercepted on imported cargo. These invasive insects are a destructive pest of grain products and seeds.

* See our Animals section for more information and additional species profiles.

 
Post Date: Sep 26, 2013


National Environmental Education Foundation.

National Public Lands Day is the nation's largest hands-on volunteer effort to improve and enhance the public lands American's enjoy. Get involved, find a site and help eradicate invasive species! Also, see Celebrate Fall Season With Free Access to Public Lands on Sep 28 from USDA's Blog. National Public Lands Day is pleased to partner with National Estuaries Week. Normally a one day event, National Estuaries Day has been extended into a week-long series of celebrations taking place from Sep 23-29.

* See our In the News section for more information and additional resources.

 
Post Date: Sep 25, 2013


USDA. Blog.

On an island off the northeastern tip of Long Island, NY, USDA scientists are doing their part to safeguard the U.S. food supply. At the Plum Island Animal Disease Center, a USDA research team works to ensure that we're prepared to protect ourselves against exotic animal diseases that threaten livestock production in the U.S. and around the world.

* See our In the News section for more information and additional resources.

 
Post Date: Sep 25, 2013


USDA. FS. Forest Health Protection.

This Forest Service National Strategic Framework for Invasive Species Management (Framework) prioritizes and guides the prevention, detection, and control of invasive insects, pathogens, plants, wildlife, and fish that threaten our Nation's terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. This Framework (Aug 2013) supersedes the agency's 2004 Invasive Species Strategy and Implementation Plan. The Framework responds to a 2010 USDA Office of Inspector General audit of Forest Service invasive species programs by providing a consistent, agency-wide approach to the prevention, detection, and control of invasive species.

* See our Management Plans by Geography section for more information and additional resources.

 
Post Date: Sep 25, 2013


USDA. NAL. National Invasive Species Information Center.

Oriental fruit flies were first recorded in Taiwan and were introduced to Hawaii in the 1940s. Several infestations in the continental U.S. have been discovered since then, but all have been eradicated. This species is a destructive pest of fruits and vegetables.

* See our Animals section for more information and additional species profiles.

 
Post Date: Aug 14, 2013


DOI. United States Geological Survey.

A virus that can cause disease in largemouth bass has now been identified in otherwise apparently healthy northern snakeheads taken from two Potomac River tributaries in Virginia. This is the first time that the pathogen, known as largemouth bass virus, has been reported in northern snakeheads. While the significance of this finding is not yet known, the study's lead author, said it raises the possibility that snakeheads could be reservoirs of this virus and capable of transmitting it to bass populations in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

* See our In the News section for more information and additional resources.

 
Post Date: Aug 14, 2013


Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee.

The Obama Administration announced a series of new measures to protect the Great Lakes from Asian carp, building on the comprehensive plan the Administration created in 2010 to prevent this invasive species from developing self-sustaining populations in the Great Lakes. The updated plan adds several initiatives to the proactive effort to combat Asian carp, including testing and deployment of new physical and chemical control tools, strengthening the electric barrier system in the Chicago Area Waterway System, and constructing a new project to physically separate the Great Lakes and Mississippi River basin at Eagle Marsh near Fort Wayne, Indiana.

* See our In the News section for more information and additional resources.

 
Post Date: Aug 08, 2013


USDA. Blog.

Feral swine are an invasive species with a population that has grown from approximately 1 million in 17 states in the 1980s to more than 5 million across 38 states today. The project is in its 6th month of operation and to date APHIS-Wildlife Services has conducted feral swine work on more than 175 New Mexico properties totaling 4.1 million acres of land. Wildlife Services is using a combination of methods to find and remove feral swine, including the use of surveillance cameras, cage and corral traps, and aerial operations. The New Mexico project is intended to provide guidance and support for a national program to reduce problems associated with feral swine and where possible eliminate feral swine from targeted states.

* See our In the News section for more information and additional resources.

 
Post Date: Aug 08, 2013


USDA. NAL. National Invasive Species Information Center.

Ecosystem Services Partnership Conference 2013 - Making Ecosystem Services Count -- Aug 26-30, 2013

2nd International Symposium on Plum Pox Virus -- Sep 3-6, 2013

5th European River Restoration Conference -- Sep 11-13, 2013

8th Ballast Water Management Summit - "Assessing the Robustness of the Type Approval Process and Examining Operational Experiences" -- Sep 18-19, 2013

The Threatened Natural Communities & Rare Plants of Maryland's Mountains -- Sep 21-22, 2013

2013 North Central Forest Pest Workshop -- Sep 23-26, 2013

Conservation of Great Lakes Natural Areas: Michigan Consortium of Botanists 2013 Annual Meeting -- Sep 28, 2013

6th Annual Atlantic Reclamation Conference (ARC 2013) Reclaiming Our Heritage - Reclamation with Climate Change Adaptation -- Oct 2-4, 2013

Wild 10 - 10th World Wilderness Congress -- Oct 4-10, 2013

2013 Wildland Fire in the Appalachians -- Oct 8-10, 2013

2013 Texas Invasive Plant and Pest Conference -- Oct 21-24, 2013

North American Lake Management Society 33rd International Symposium -- Oct 30-Nov 1, 2013

Ninth Continental Dialogue on Non-Native Forest Insects and Diseases -- Nov 4-5, 2013

Asia Pacific Academy of Sciences, Science Education, and Environmental Management -- Nov 19, 2013

1st International Symposium on Bacterial Canker of Kiwifruit -- Nov 19-22, 2013

International Organisation for Biological and Integrated Control of Noxious Animals and Plants Working Group " Pesticides and Beneficial Organisms" Meeting 2014 -- Feb 25-27, 2014

26th Vertebrate Pest Conference -- Mar 3-6, 2014

International Organisation for Biological and Integrated Control of Noxious Animals and Plants/ West Palaearctic Regional Section Working Group " Landscape Management for Functional Biodiversity" Meeting 2014 -- May 21-23, 2014

International Organisation for Biological and Integrated Conrtol of Noxious Animals and Plants/ West Palaearctic Regional Section Working Group "Integrated Control in Protected Crops Temperate Climate" Meeting 2014 -- Sep 14-18, 2014

* See our Conference Calendar for more information and resources.

 
Post Date: Aug 08, 2013


USDA. FS. Northern Research Station.

U.S. Forest Service researchers have identified what may be a key to unraveling some of the mysteries of White Nose Syndrome (WNS): the closest known non-disease causing relatives of the fungus that causes WNS. These fungi, many of them still without formal Latin names, live in bat hibernation sites and even directly on bats, but they do not cause the devastating disease that has killed millions of bats in the eastern U.S. Researchers hope to use these fungi to understand why one fungus can be deadly to bats while its close relatives are benign.

* See our In the News section for more information and additional resources.

 
Post Date: Aug 08, 2013


USDA. Agricultural Research Service.

Citrus greening disease, also known as Huanglongbing, is the most serious threat to the Florida citrus industry in its history. It's costing the industry millions in losses each year, and there is no known cure for HLB and no commercially viable, effective treatments. USDAscientists have found that heating potted citrus seedlings in growth chambers can rid seedlings of HLB symptoms.

* See our In the News section for more information and additional resources.

 
Post Date: Aug 08, 2013


USDA. NAL. National Invasive Species Information Center.

European grapevine moths are native to Italy. The first specimen in the U.S. was recorded in Napa County, California in 2009. These invasive moths feed on grapevine flowers and berries, and can cause serious damage to vineyards.

* See our Animals section for more information and additional species profiles.

 
Post Date: Jul 09, 2013


Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program.

Adirondack communities and organizations will celebrate the 8th annual Invasive Species Awareness Week.

* See our New York state resource page for more information and additional resources.

 
Post Date: Jul 02, 2013


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