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National Invasive Species Awareness Week.

A broad coalition of stakeholders will gather to spotlight harmful invasive species that cause a multibillion-dollar annual drain on our nation's economy. A week of activities, briefings, and events in Washington D.C. highlighted what is being done across the nation and around the world to stop and slow the spread of invasive species.

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

 
Post Date: Sep 20, 2012


Environmental Protection Agency.

The U.S. and Canada signed an accord to protect the Great Lakes, the world's largest freshwater system. The agreement, last updated in 1987, addresses critical health issues in the Great Lakes region and is a model of binational cooperation to protect water quality. The two governments began negotiations in 2009 to strengthen the agreement. New provisions address the nearshore environment, aquatic invasive species, habitat degradation, and the effects of climate change.

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

 
Post Date: Sep 20, 2012


DOI. Bureau of Reclamation.

The Bureau of Reclamation has found that silicone foul release coatings may be an important tool for mitigating invasive quagga and zebra mussels' impacts to water and hydropower infrastructure. See the Reclamation's Quagga and Zebra Mussel Web site for more information.

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

 
Post Date: Sep 20, 2012


Environment Canada.

The U.S. and Canada signed an accord to protect the Great Lakes, the world's largest freshwater system. The agreement, last updated in 1987, addresses critical health issues in the Great Lakes region and is a model of binational cooperation to protect water quality. See Great Lakes from Environment Canada for more information.

* See our Canada page for more information and additional resources.

 
Post Date: Sep 20, 2012


USDA. NAL. National Invasive Species Information Center.

12th Annual NAPPC International Conference -- Oct 17-19, 2012

Habitat Council's 24th Annual Symposium: Working For a Greener World -- Nov 7-8, 2012

Eighth Meeting of the Continental Dialogue on Non-Native Forest Insects and Diseases -- Nov 13, 2012

Partners in Community Forestry National Conference -- Nov 14-15, 2012

Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force Meeting -- Nov 14-15, 2012

Partners in Environmental Technology Technical Symposium & Workshop -- Nov 27-29, 2012
Meeting has been canceled. Due to the recent changes across the Federal government on sponsoring meetings, SERDP and ESTCP unfortunately are unable to support this year symposium.

2012 Western Weed Coordinating Committee’s Annual Meeting -- Nov 27-29, 2012

River Crossings: Linking River Communities - A Research Conference and Workshop -- Mar 11-15, 2013

* See our Conference Calendar for more information and resources.

 
Post Date: Sep 20, 2012


Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs.

Officials with the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation and the Department of Agricultural Resources have announced that the emerald ash borer (EAB) has been detected in Massachusetts. The destructive beetle was detected in the western Massachusetts Town of Dalton on Aug 31, 2012, and was confirmed by federal officials on Sep 6. Massachusetts is the 18th state in the country to detect EAB.

* See our Emerging Issues section for more information and additional resources.

 
Post Date: Sep 18, 2012


Arizona Game and Fish Department.

Arizona's State Wildlife Action Plan (SWAP) revision guiding wildlife conservation for 2012-2022 was recently approved by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The plan's revision considers many of the changes that Arizona and its wildlife have experienced since the original plan was created in 2006. Some of the more significant changes that impact wildlife conservation and were addressed in the plan include the state's above-average human population growth; increasing demand for renewable energy sources; emergence of new wildlife diseases; and, the growing number of new invasive species.

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

 
Post Date: Sep 18, 2012


USDA. FS. Northern Research Station.

Read a research brief from the International Organization for Biological Control Nearctic Regional Section Newsletter. 34(1): 5. [Abstract].

* See our Animals - Control Mechanisms page for more information and additional resources.

 
Post Date: Sep 18, 2012


Northeastern IPM Center.

Researchers believe they have identified where brown marmorated stink bug gathers in natural landscapes during winter, and their findings could help farmers manage this invasive insect.

* See our Species Profile - Brown Marmorated Stink Bug page for more information and additional resources.

 
Post Date: Aug 30, 2012


USDA. NAL. National Invasive Species Information Center.

142nd Annual Meeting of the American Fisheries Society -- Aug 19-23, 2012

International Joint Commission Meeting -- Sep 10, 2012

2012 Great Lakes Commission Annual Meeting -- Sep 10-11, 2012

Great Lakes Week 2012: Taking Action, Delivering Results -- Sep 10-13, 2012

8th Annual Great Lakes Restoration Conference -- Sep 11-13, 2012

61st North Central Forest Pest Workshop - Invasive Species - What's Next? -- Sep 24-27, 2012

1st International Symposium on Horticultural Insects Management -- Nov 19-22, 2012

* See our Conference Calendar for more information and resources.

 
Post Date: Aug 30, 2012


Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection.

A Chinese mitten crab was recently found in Connecticut waters. This is the first confirmed report of this highly invasive crab in Connecticut waters. In late June, the crab was collected from the Mianus Pond fishway on the Mianus River. Individuals finding a crab that they suspect to be a Chinese mitten crab should keep the crab on ice or freeze it (please do not release the crab), note the exact location it was found and report it to officials.

* See our Emerging Issues section for more information and additional resources.

 
Post Date: Aug 28, 2012


West Nile Virus Update (Aug 21, 2012)

DHHS. CDC. Vector-Borne Infectious Diseases.

CDC officials report there has been an increase in the number of West Nile virus cases. There have been more than 1,100 cases in the U.S., with about half in Texas. This is the highest number of West Nile virus infections reported through the third week of August since the virus was first detected in the U.S. in 1999. See West Nile Virus - Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

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

 
Post Date: Aug 23, 2012


DOI. USGS. Hawaiian Ecosystems at Risk.

The Global Compendium of Weeds is a list of plant species (over 28,000 names) that have been cited in specific references (approximately 1,000) as weeds. The online information is current based on the data set Jan 24, 2007, and is more recent than the book version (printed in 2002) by Rod Randall, Department of Agriculture of Western Australia (AgWest).

Updated edition available - A Global Compendium of Weeds, 2nd Edition (2012; PDF | 7.3 MB); this edition is just over 200 pages longer than the first (now 1,115 pages), but there are over 12,000 additional names listed (33,000+), and more than 1,000 new references.

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

 
Post Date: Aug 23, 2012


Centre for Agricultural Bioscience International (CABI).

Invasive Species are a major problem in the U.S., causing significant harm to the environment, the economy, and to animal and human health. Learn how the Invasive Species Compendium is helping in the battle to control them. See the "Using the Invasive Species Compendium in your federal agency" live demonstration for more information.

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

 
Post Date: Aug 21, 2012


ScienceDaily; University of Florida. Florida Museum of Natural History.

University of Florida researchers curating a 17-foot-7-inch Burmese python, the largest found in Florida, discovered 87 eggs in the snake, also a state record. "It means these snakes are surviving a long time in the wild, there's nothing stopping them and the native wildlife are in trouble."

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

 
Post Date: Aug 14, 2012


Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
FWC recently made changes that will increase lionfish harvesting opportunities, which are currently in effect through Aug 2013: a recreational fishing license is not required for recreational fishers targeting lionfish while using a pole spear, a Hawaiian Sling, a handheld net or any spearing device that is specifically designed and marketed exclusively for lionfish. There is no recreational or commercial harvest bag limit for lionfish. Learn more about lionfish or read the new State of Florida Executive Order 12-12 (PDF | 167 KB) on lionfish harvesting.

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

 
Post Date: Aug 14, 2012


USDA. Blog.

Throughout August, the Asian longhorned beetle may emerge from the trees in your community. This destructive beetle kills 13 types of hardwood trees, from the inside out. Early detection is crucial in the fight to save trees from the Asian longhorned beetle. Learn how to detect and report the beetle to improve a community's chances for saving its trees.

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

 
Post Date: Aug 14, 2012


Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection.

The Emerald ash borer (Agrilus planipennis) found in Prospect, CT has been confirmed by federal regulatory officials. This is the first record of this pest in Connecticut, which is added to 15 other states where infestations have been detected.

* See our Emerging Issues section for more information and additional resources.

 
Post Date: Aug 01, 2012


New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo.

The legislation signed by the Governor will help address the risk to New York's environment associated with invasive species becoming established within the state. The new law provides the Department of Environmental Conservation and the Department of Agriculture and Markets with the authority to regulate the sale, purchase, possession, introduction, importation and transport of invasive species and establishes penalties for those who violate such regulations.

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

 
Post Date: Aug 01, 2012


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