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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


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


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


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.

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


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


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


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


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


USDA. NAL. National Invasive Species Information Center.

Channeled apple snail was imported for aquaculture and the aquarium trade and was introduced to Hawaii in 1989. Channeled apple snail damages rice and taro production by feeding on seedlings and competes with native apple snails and other species.

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

 
Post Date: Mar 20, 2013


USDA. Blog.

Oranges that don't turn orange on the tree when they’re supposed to might be victims of a disease called "citrus greening," also known as Huanglongbing, or HLB. Citrus greening is especially devastating because it makes the juice bitter, so the fruit isn’t even suitable for juicing, let alone the fresh market. But Agricultural Research Service scientists have found that the same bitter juice that causes despair among growers could yield invaluable clues to how the disease works -- and how to stop it.

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

 
Post Date: Mar 19, 2013


DOI. Fish and Wildlife Service.

White-nose syndrome (WNS) which is the disease that has killed millions of bats in the eastern U.S. has been confirmed for the first time in Georgia. White-nose syndrome has been recently confirmed in South Carolina and Illinois.

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

 
Post Date: Mar 19, 2013


Science Daily; Virginia Tech.

Raising plants for biofuels is many farmers' dream. The lucrative crops grow with a minimal amount of work and can be harvested using existing equipment. However, some plants that are ideal for bioenergy production come with a drawback -- they can potentially become invasive weeds that can cause billions of dollars in economic damage.

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

 
Post Date: Mar 19, 2013


USDA. Agricultural Marketing Service.

This publication (updated annually) contains information about the various State labeling requirements and prohibitions of noxious-weed seeds and shows the scientific names and common names according to the law and regulations of the particular State in which the seed is noxious. See Seed Publications for more information and Items of Interest in Seed (publications for seed control officials and seed companies; updated every Apr/Oct). See Seed Regulatory and Testing Services and Seed Publications for more information.

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

 
Post Date: Mar 12, 2013


USDA. Natural Resources Conservation Service.

USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service will provide up to $25 million in grants to help develop and demonstrate cutting-edge ideas to improve conservation on private lands. Of particular interest are applications for innovative demonstration partnerships on energy conservation, nutrient management, soil health, wildlife habitat and adaptive management. See Conservation Innovation Grants for more information.

* See our Grants and Funding - Request for Proposals section for more information and additional resources.

 
Post Date: Feb 14, 2013


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