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Provides general resources for smartphones applications (apps) to assist in tracking, monitoring various species, including invasive species. New resources include:

* EDDMapS Ontario
* Georgia Cotton Insect Advisor
* iBiocontrol - Noxious Weeds and their Biocontrol Agents
* IPM Toolkit
* IPAlert
* New Jersey Invasive Species Strike Team
* Southeast Agricultural Stink Bug ID
* Squeal on Pigs
* WA (Washington) Invasives - Report Sightings

* See our Monitoring - Smartphone Applications section for more information and additional resources.

 
Post Date: Nov 20, 2014


USDA. NAL. National Invasive Species Information Center.

This workbook 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. USDA contacts for program support listed in the document are current at the time of publication. The contacts listed in the "other grant information" section can assist you in determining which opportunities may fit best with your needs.

Please use this workbook to help in your important and vital work in safeguarding and enhancing natural, recreational and agricultural resources.

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

 
Post Date: Nov 20, 2014


New York Department of Environmental Conservation.

A regulation was adopted in Jul 2014 that prohibits or regulates the possession, transport, importation, sale, purchase and introduction of select invasive species. The purpose of this regulation is to help control invasive species, a form of biological pollution, by reducing the introduction of new and spread of existing populations. This regulation becomes effective Mar 10, 2015. Two species, Japanese Barberry (Berberis thunbergii) and Eurasian boars (Sus scrofa) have grace periods. For more information, see Invasive Species Regulation (scroll to view) and Lands and Forests Emergency, Proposed & Recently Adopted Regulations.

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

 
Post Date: Oct 23, 2014


International Union for Conservation of Nature.

The United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has adopted new guidelines to prevent and control biological invasions by pets, aquarium and terrarium species, live bait and live food. The new guidance is largely based on input from the IUCN Species Survival Commission (SSC) Invasive Species Specialist Group (ISSG).

* See our International section for more information and additional resources.

 
Post Date: Oct 23, 2014


U.S. Department of Agriculture.

USDA's Secretary announced the allocation of $5 million to support 19 projects under the National Clean Plant Network (NCPN) funded under the Agriculture Act of 2014 (the 2014 Farm Bill). NCPN-funded facilities provide high-quality propagative plant material that is free of plant pathogens and pests that can otherwise cause economic losses to the American specialty crop industry, which includes fruits and vegetables and other crops.

* See our Federal Press Releases - USDA section for more information and additional resources.

 
Post Date: Jul 02, 2014


USDA. NAL. National Invasive Species Information Center.

Capacity-building workshop for Central, South and East Asia on ecosystem conservation and restoration to support achievement of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets -- Jul 14-18, 2014

International Conference on Advances in Plant Sciences (ICAPS) -- Aug 6-8, 2014

Native Seed Propagation Workshop -- Sep 13, 2014

2014 British Crop Protection Council Congress -- Sep 30-Oct 1, 2014

10th Ballast Water Management Summit -- Sep 17-18, 2014

2014 Joint Symposium of the Georgia Exotic Pest Plant Council & Southeast Exotic Pest Plant Council -- Oct 15-16, 2014

2014 Natural Areas Conference -- Oct 15-17, 2014

2014 Joint Symposium of the Georgia Exotic Pest Plant Council & Southeast Exotic Pest Plant Council -- Nov 12-14, 2014

International Conference on Advances in Plant Sciences (ICAPS) -- Nov 18-22, 2014

CBD Expert Workshop to Prepare Practical Guidance on Preventing and Mitigating the Significant Adverse Impacts of Marine Debris on Marine and Coastal Biodiversity and Habitats -- Dec 204, 2014

2014 Oregon InterAgency Noxious Weed Symposium -- Dec 2-4, 2014

10th Ballast Water Management Summit -- Dec 8-12, 2014

36th Annual Forest Vegetation Management Conference: Managing Forests in a Dynamic Environment -- Jan 13-15, 2015

75th Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference -- Feb 8-11, 2015

2015 National Native Seed Conference -- Apr 13-15, 2015

* See our Conference Calendar for more information and resources.

 
Post Date: Jul 02, 2014


Invasive Plant Science and Management - Apr-Jun 2014 (Vol 7, No. 2)

Articles include:


Bioenergy and Invasive Plants: Quantifying and Mitigating Future Risks
Medusahead Ecology and Management: California Annual Grasslands to the Intermountain West
Does Elevated Temperature and Doubled CO2 Increase Growth of Three Potentially Invasive Plants?
Restoration of Exotic Annual Grass-Invaded Rangelands: Importance of Seed Mix Composition
Effects of Native Herbs and Light on Garlic Mustard (Alliaria petiolata) Invasion

-- 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: Jul 02, 2014


Alaska Pollinator Week and Invasive Weeds Awareness Week

Pollinator Weed (Jun 17, 2014)

Governor Sean Parnell.

Governor Parnell declared Jun 16-22, 2014 as Pollinator Week to encourage all Alaskans to recognize and learn more about the important role pollinators play in maintaining the health of our ecosystem, and to consider planting flowers, trees, and other plants on their property to supply pollinators with nectar, pollen, and habitat.

Alaska Invasive Weeds Awareness Week (Jun 13, 2013)

Governor Sean Parnell.

Governor Parnell declared Jun 22-28, 2014 as Alaska Invasive Weeds Awareness Week. Alaska is in a unique position to avoid the enormous costs of widespread invasive
plants, now impacting all 48 contiguous states and Hawaii. In recognition of this opportunity, State, federal, local, private, and non-profit organizations, as well as the public, are working together to increase public awareness, promote invasive weed prevention and management, and help keep our communities and environment free of invasive weeds. See Invasive Plants for more information from the Alaska Committee for Noxious and Invasive Plants Management.

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

 
Post Date: Jun 19, 2014


Ohio Department of Agriculture.

In an effort to protect the trees of Ohio, the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) is encouraging Ohio citizens to check their trees for signs of the Walnut Twig Beetle and Asian Longhorned Beetle. The Walnut Twig Beetle is a small beetle known to carry a fungus that causes Thousand Cankers Disease (TCD), which can kill walnut trees. Walnut Twig Beetle was first confirmed in Ohio in late 2012 in traps set by Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Forestry officials in Butler County. Additionally, scientists from the Ohio Plant Diagnostic Network, a cooperative partnership between ODA and The Ohio State University, recently isolated the TCD fungus from walnut branch samples from the Butler County area, marking the first time TCD has been confirmed in Ohio.

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

 
Post Date: Jun 17, 2014


Pacific Northwest Invasive Plant Council.

The PNW Invasive Plant Council is working in partnership with the USDA Forest Service, Washington Department of Agriculture (WSDA) and other state and local conservation groups on a Citizen Science EDRR (Early Detection Rapid Response) program. They are excited to recruit new volunteers and inspire their current volunteer base to search for and eradicate invasive plant populations in Washington state. See how you can help as a Citizen Scientist to help detect newly established invasive species!

Find out more -- June training locations and dates for 2014.

* See our Plants - What You Can Do for more information and additional resources.

 
Post Date: Jun 16, 2014


USDA. Agricultural Research Service.

Findings from recent research project changes in crop production as air temperatures increase due to climate change. Researchers observed one of the effects that agricultural producers may see as air temperatures increase is a corresponding increase of insects, weeds and fungal pests because of milder winter temperatures.

* See our Federal Press Releases - USDA section for more information and additional resources.

 
Post Date: Jun 16, 2014


Pollinator Partnership.

Seven years ago the U.S. Senate's unanimous approval and designation of a week in June as "National Pollinator Week" marked a necessary step toward addressing the urgent issue of declining pollinator populations. Pollinator Week has now grown to be an international celebration of the valuable ecosystem services provided by bees, birds, butterflies, bats and beetles.

Pollinators
DOI. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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

 
Post Date: Jun 10, 2014


Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

PlayCleanGo, is an education and outreach campaign for outdoor recreationalists. The goal of this program is to encourage outdoor recreation while protecting valuable natural resources in Minnesota. The objective is to slow or stop the spread of terrestrial invasive species (those that occur on land) through changes in public behavior.

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

 
Post Date: Jun 10, 2014


U.S. Department of Agriculture.

A yearly survey of beekeepers, released today, shows fewer colony losses occurred in the United States over the winter of 2013-2014 than in recent years, but beekeepers say losses remain higher than the level that they consider to be sustainable.

* See our News and Events - USDA Press Releases page for more information and additional resources.

 
Post Date: May 15, 2014


U.S. Department of Agriculture.

More than $1.5 million in funding has been allocated to expand bio-control efforts to fight Huanglongbing (HLB), also known as citrus greening. This action is the first designation of funds by the Huanglongbing Multi-Agency Response to Devastating Citrus Disease since it was established by Secretary Vilsack in Dec 2013.

* See our Species Profile - Citrus Greening page for more information and additional resources.

 
Post Date: May 15, 2014


National Sea Grant Law Center.

Initiative of the Western Regional Panel on Aquatic Nuisance Species (WRP). The goal of the WRP initiative is to develop a multi-state vision for watercraft inspection and decontamination (WID) programs. The National Sea Grant Law Center is an active participant in this initiative, providing legal research support and leading efforts to develop model legislation and regulations for WID Programs. Also see Invasive Mussels in the West: A Multi-state Collaboration (Oregon Sea Grant).

* See our Laws and Regulations section for more information and additional resources.

 
Post Date: May 15, 2014


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


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