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Invasive Species Ireland.

The Invasive Species in Ireland initiative has just published Ireland's first report on the economic cost of invasive and non-native species in Ireland and Northern Ireland.

* See our International - Europe page for more information and additional resources and our Economic Impacts - International section for more information and additional resources.

 
Post Date: Apr 23, 2013


Washington State University.

Researchers at Washington State University are preparing for a Northwest invasion of the zebra mussel - a small, distinctly striped and rather tenacious freshwater mollusk that can quickly encrust underwater surfaces. The mussels have caused significant damage in other parts of the country and pose an enormous risk to the hydroelectric infrastructure, recreational facilities and unique ecological system of the Columbia River Basin. The Columbia River Basin is one of the last major river systems in the U.S.still free of zebra mussels and the closely related quagga mussels; but possibly not for long. Once they are established in the water, they are almost impossible to eradicate.

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

 
Post Date: Apr 23, 2013


DOI. United States Geological Survey.

Biodiversity Information Serving Our Nation or BISON is the only system of its kind; a unique, web-based Federal resource for finding species in the U.S. and territories. Its size is unprecedented, offering more than 100 million mapped records of nearly every living species nationwide and growing. And the vast majority of the records are specific locations, not just county or state records.

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

 
Post Date: Apr 23, 2013


University of Georgia. Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health. Bugwood Blog.

This publication provides descriptions and clear pictures of key characteristics as well as details on how to distinguish several common look-a-like species.

* See our Species Profile - Japanese Stiltgrass page for more information and our Resource Library - Identification Resources page for more identification resources.

 
Post Date: Apr 18, 2013


USDA. NAL. National Invasive Species Information Center.

Southern Plant Board 2013 Annual Meeting -- Apr 21-24, 2013

Central Plant Board 2013 Annual Meeting -- Apr 28-May 2, 2013

Mid-Atlantic Invasive Plant Council's Invasive Plant Removal Day -- May 4, 2013

Great Lakes Panel on Aquatic Nuisance Species -- May 7-8, 2013

2013 Salmon Recovery Conference -- May 14, 2013

Western Plant Board 2013 Annual Meeting -- May 20-23, 2013

Invasive Alien Predators - Policy, Research and Management in Europe -- Jun 16-18, 2013

2013 National Pollinator Week -- Jun 17-23, 2013

National Plant Board 2013 Annual Meeting -- Aug 4-8, 2013

Great Lakes Week 2013 -- Sep 9-12, 2013

Great Lakes Commission 2013 Annual Meeting -- Sep 9, 2013

9th Annual Great Lakes Restoration Conference -- Sep 10-12, 2013

22nd Annual California Invasive Plant Council (Cal-IPC) Symposium -- Oct 2-5, 2013

International Workshop: How to Communicate on Pests and Invasive Alien Plants -- Oct 8-10, 2013

8th International Integrated Pest Management Symposium -- Mar 24-26, 2015

* See our Conference Calendar for more information and resources.

 
Post Date: Apr 18, 2013


California Invasive Plant Council.

This interactive database developed by the California Invasive Plant Council (Cal-IPC) has been recently (Mar 2013) and contains information on the plants currently included in the Cal-IPC Invasive Plant Inventory. The Inventory categorizes plants as High, Moderate, or Limited, reflecting the level of each species' negative ecological impact in California. Includes options to search for species by region and by habitat type. The database provides a better view of information on each species and allows users to download the entire Inventory as a spreadsheet.

* See our Plants - Databases section for more information and additional resources.

 
Post Date: Apr 17, 2013


Department of Interior.

The major national groups that coordinate the battle against invasive species announced the 2013 National Invasive Species Achievement Awards. The awards recognize the dedication and collaborative efforts of local, state and federal officials; private citizens; and volunteers in preventing and controlling invasive species.

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

 
Post Date: Apr 17, 2013


Mid-Atlantic Invasive Plant Council.

This year, the Mid-Atlantic Invasive Plant Council is sponsoring the first-ever region-wide Invasive Plant Removal Day. This marks the 5th anniversary of the initiative for Virginia on a state-level, but the first annual event for the mid-Atlantic region. Please join in on the effort by visiting the event page! Are you an organization or community group that often hosts invasive plant removal in your county or neighborhood? Register your event today! Are you a citizen or volunteer who wants to get involved with invasive plant removal in your community? Check out the event listings for your state to see where organizations or groups are hosting an event in your area.

* See our Community Action section for more information and additional resources.

 
Post Date: Apr 17, 2013


Mid-Atlantic Invasive Plant Council.

Cooperative Weed Management Area Trainings - Apr 23 and Apr 24, 2013

The Mid-Atlantic Invasive Plant Council is offering two opportunities to learn how to establish, manage and fund a Cooperative Weed Management Area or Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area or similar organization for the purpose of removing invasive plants and restoring natural habitats. Presentations by people who have successfully developed and implemented CWMA type groups will be followed by discussion of the challenges and rewards of these efforts. Trainings are free but registration is required.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
National Conservation Training Center
Shepherdstown, West Virginia

Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve
St. Jones Reserve
Dover, Delaware

* See our Education for Professionals section for more information and additional resources.

 
Post Date: Apr 17, 2013


University of Florida.

With ocean life facing unprecedented threat from climate change, overfishing, pollution, invasive species and habitat destruction, a University of Florida researcher is helping coordinate national efforts to monitor marine biodiversity.

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

 
Post Date: Apr 11, 2013


Earth Day Network.

Earth Day Network is partnered with National Environmental Education Week (Apr 14-20, 2013), which annually promotes understanding and protection of the natural world by actively engaging K-12 students and educators of all environmental subjects. See Earth Day 2013 Resources to help you participate in Earth Day 2013 and also see What You Can Do to help control invasive species.

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

 
Post Date: Apr 11, 2013


USDA. Blog.

While traveling, protect our country from invasive plant pests and diseases to help keep our agriculture and forests safe. Learn and prepare in advance of your travels what you can or cannot bring back from a country you visit.

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

 
Post Date: Apr 09, 2013


Invasive Plant Science and Management - Jan-Mar 2013 (Vol 6, No. 1)

Articles include:

Using State-and-Transition Modeling to Account for Imperfect Detection in Invasive Species Management
Evaluating Alternative Weed Management Strategies for Three Montana Landscapes
Invasive Earthworms and Plants in Indiana Old- and Second-Growth Forests
Relationships between Ligustrum sinense Invasion, Biodiversity, and Development in a Mixed Bottomland Forest
-- 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: Apr 09, 2013


USDA. NAL. National Invasive Species Information Center.

Golden bamboo was introduced as an ornamental and forms dense monospecific stands that displace native species. When golden bamboo takes over an area, it is very difficult to control.

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

 
Post Date: Apr 08, 2013


USDA. NAL. National Invasive Species Information Center.

Sacred Bamboo was introduced as an ornamental. It colonizes by spreading underground root sprouts and by animal-dispersed seeds, and may displace native species. It is difficult to remove manually because even the smallest piece of rootwill re-sprout.

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

 
Post Date: Apr 08, 2013


Environmental Protection Agency.

The EPA issued a final vessel general permit regulating vessel discharges from commercial vessels, including ballast water, to protect the nation's waters from ship-borne pollutants and reduce invasive species in U.S. waters. The permit imposes international cleanliness standards that the Coast Guard also adopted in regulations it issued last year.

* See our Species Profile - Ballast Water page for more information and additional resources.

 
Post Date: Apr 04, 2013


Wyoming Game and Fish Department.

New Wyoming regulations require that any watercraft transported into Wyoming from Mar 1 through Nov 30 must undergo a mandatory inspection by an authorized inspector prior to launching in any water of the state. Any watercraft that has been in a water infested with zebra or quagga mussels within the past 30 days is required to undergo a mandatory inspection by an authorized inspector prior to launching year-round.

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

 
Post Date: Apr 04, 2013


USDA. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

All month, APHIS will highlight how invasive species can enter the U.S. and spread, and how the general public can take simple, specific actions to leave these hungry pests behind. Invasive pests and diseases are non-native species that cause - or are likely to cause - harm to the economy, the environment or human health. See Hungry Pests site to learn more about invasive pests and diseases.

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

 
Post Date: Apr 03, 2013


ScienceDaily; University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences.

In the U.S., only species listed on state or federal noxious weed lists are regulated, and those lists are often biased toward species that affect agricultural crops. Conversely, invasive plant council lists include species that affect natural landscapes but have no regulatory clout. After comparing the lists and how they are created, researchers at the University of Illinois's Energy Biosciences Institute have developed some suggestions on how to improve the regulation of all invasive plant species, including new biofuels plants.

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

 
Post Date: Apr 02, 2013


Department of Interior.

The National Fish, Wildlife and Plants Climate Adaptation Strategy is the first nationwide strategy to help public and private decision makers address the impacts that climate change is having on natural resources and the people and economies that depend on them. The Climate Adaptation Strategy provides a roadmap of key steps needed over the next five years to reduce the current and expected impacts of climate change on our natural resources, which include the spread of wildlife diseases and invasive species.

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

 
Post Date: Apr 02, 2013


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