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USDA. APHIS. Hungry Pests.

April is Invasive Plant Pest and Disease Awareness Month, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is asking the public to help prevent the spread of invasive pests, which cost our nation an estimated $120 billion each year in damages to our environment, agriculture and native species. USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has identified 18 “Hungry Pests” as some of the most destructive invasive species that people can unknowingly spread in the things they move, pack and bring home from vacations. For more information, see top invasive pest threats.

Post Date: Apr 20, 2015

National Invasive Species Awareness Week.

Participate in events across the nation to raise awareness and identify solutions to invasive species issues at local, state, tribal, regional and national scales.

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

Post Date: Feb 23, 2015

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