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  • Commercial Boat Haulers - Call Before You Haul

    • Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission.

    • To prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species, the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Western Regional Panel on Aquatic Nuisance Species, and others are making information available to boat haulers, auctioneers, marinas, manufacturers, and brokers to make it easy to comply with state, provincial and federal laws, prevent costly delays in transporting or selling boats, and help reduce the spread of aquatic invasive species.

      The "Call Before You Haul" program aimed at encouraging boat transporters to call a toll-free number prior to hauling watercraft to the Pacific Northwest, is underway. When boat haulers call the toll-free number, they provide information about the boat they are hauling, and they receive a return phone call from a PNW AIS coordinator that works with them to ensure their boat is inspected, and if need be, decontaminated.

    • Post Date
      Mar 02, 2022
  • Challenge.gov - Theodore Roosevelt Genius Prize Competition for the Management of Invasive Species

    • Challenge.gov

    • To win the "Theodore Roosevelt Genius Prize Competition for Management of Invasive Species," participants must submit their technology innovation solution -- such as tools, equipment, methods, strategies, etc., that help land managers directly reduce the spread and impacts of invasive species within the United States and its Territories. Solutions should focus on invasive species that cause harm to native ecosystems. Solutions may be species-specific, but universal control techniques that may have multiple species benefits are preferred. Submission period: Open until April 30, 2022, 11:59 EDT.

      See also: Innovation for Conservation: Theodore Roosevelt Genius Prize Competitions Engage Public in Top Wildlife Issues (Press Release - Mar 1, 2022).
      The public now can help reimagine what drives wildlife conservation in the 21st century by participating in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Theodore Roosevelt Genius Prize Competitions. The competitions will engage the public to help address six important issues: preventing wildlife poaching and trafficking, promoting wildlife conservation, managing invasive species, protecting endangered species, managing nonlethal human-wildlife conflict, and reducing human-predator conflict.

    • Post Date
      Mar 02, 2022
  • Pennsylvania Bans Sale of Three Invasive Plants: Ravenna Grass, Glossy Buckthorn, Common Buckthorn

    • Feb 4, 2022
    • Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture.

    • The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture has added ravenna grass, glossy buckthorn and common buckthorn to a list of noxious weeds — plants that cannot be legally sold or cultivated in the state. The non-native plants spread aggressively into wooded areas and fields, crowding out beneficial plants and disrupting native ecosystems. The ban on sale and cultivation will take effect April 5, 2022 with enforcement phased in over the next year.

    • Post Date
      Feb 26, 2022
  • Oak Wilt in the Northeastern and Midwestern States

    • USDA. FS. Eastern Region.

    • Oak wilt is complex, with a high degree of variability in distribution, severity, and associated management options. This publication provides a detailed overview of oak wilt and is intended to help natural resource managers in the Northeast and Midwest choose the most appropriate tools for a given situation. Using the Story Map format, information has been organized into selectable sections/tabs for easy navigation and exploration.

    • Post Date
      Feb 23, 2022
  • Washington Invasive Species Action Week

    • Feb 28 - Mar 4, 2022
    • Washington Invasive Species Council.

    • In conjunction with National Invasive Species Awareness Week, Governor Jay Inslee proclaimed February 28 to March 4, 2022 as Washington Invasive Species Awareness Week to raise awareness and find preventative solutions for invasive species.

    • Post Date
      Feb 23, 2022
  • Alabama Aquatic Nuisance Species Management Plan Approved

    • Feb 17, 2022
    • Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

    • Recent approval of the Alabama Aquatic Nuisance Species Management Plan opens avenues of federal funding for the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR), Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries (WFF) Division and Marine Resources Division to deal with aquatic invasive species in Alabama’s abundant waterways. Alabama Governor Kay Ivey submitted the aquatic invasive species plan to the Aquatic Nuisance Species (ANS) Task Force, an entity of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the recent approval means Alabama will be eligible for up to $100,000 annually to combat aquatic invasive species. Visit www.outdooralabama.com/research/aquatic-nuisance-species-management-plan for more information on the Alabama Aquatic Nuisance Species Management Plan.

    • Post Date
      Feb 20, 2022
  • Introduced Podcast

    • University of Wisconsin. Sea Grant.

    • The “Introduced” podcasts are devoted to aquatic invasive species (AIS). Its tagline is “aquatic invaders and stories from our changing waters.” Topics are wide-ranging, from Asian carp to the trade in invasive species on the Internet.
      See also: Introducing "Introduced," Sea Grant's Newest Podcast (May 20, 2020, news article about podcast)

    • Post Date
      Feb 18, 2022
  • USDA Increases Efforts to Protect U.S. Poultry and Expands Wild Bird Surveillance for Avian Influenza

    • Feb 11, 2022
    • USDA. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

    • The United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is announcing the expansion of wild bird surveillance for avian influenza to include the Mississippi and Central Flyways. This expansion also enlarged the existing surveillance program in the Atlantic and Pacific Flyways, which is in place to conduct surveillance of birds that may interact with wild birds from Europe and Asia. APHIS confirmed highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in wild birds in several states in the Atlantic Flyway in January as well as in a commercial turkey flock in Indiana on February 8, and this additional surveillance will increase our capability to track the disease throughout the United States.

      Anyone involved with poultry should review their biosecurity plan and enhance their biosecurity practices to ensure the health of their birds. APHIS has materials about biosecurity, including videos, checklists, and a toolkit available on the Defend the Flock Resource Center. In addition to practicing good biosecurity, all bird owners should prevent contact between their birds and wild birds and report sick birds or unusual bird deaths to state/federal officials, either through their state veterinarian or through USDA's toll-free number at 1-866-536-7593. Additional information on biosecurity for backyard flocks can be found at https://healthybirds.aphis.usda.gov.

      See also: 2022 Detections of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza for related news of the Eurasian H5 HPAI in the U.S.

    • Post Date
      Feb 11, 2022
  • North Central Regional Invasive Species and Climate Change Network (NC RISCC)

    • University of Colorado Boulder. Earth Lab.

    • The combination of invasive species and climate change creates unique challenges for natural resource managers. We are developing a network of experts to produce useful and usable science to protect native systems and enhance resilience in the North Central region (CO, WY, KS, NE, SD, ND, MT). This project will expand the successful model of the Northeast Regional Invasive Species and Climate Change Management Network to the North Central region of the U.S. This effort will integrate the research and management of invasive species, climate change, and fire under one umbrella. Stakeholders in the North Central region have identified invasive species, woody encroachment, wildfire, and habitat and ecological transformation as key management issues which this project will address. Project length:  Jun 2, 2021 through Jun 1, 2023.
      See also: Creating a North Central Regional Invasive Species and Climate Change (NC RISCC) Management Network

    • Post Date
      Feb 11, 2022
  • Quagga Mussels Detected for First Time in a Texas Reservoir

    • Feb 2, 2022
    • Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

    • The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) reports that invasive quagga mussels have been detected for the first time in Texas. The quagga mussel discovery was made by National Park Service (NPS) staff at the International Amistad Reservoir in the Rio Grande basin along the Texas-Mexico border near Del Rio. Quagga mussels are a close relative of the zebra mussel, which has invaded 33 Texas lakes across six river basins since it was first introduced in Texas in Lake Texoma in 2009. In addition to being the first detection of quagga mussels in Texas waters, this is also the first finding of any invasive mussel species in the Rio Grande basin.

      TPWD and partners monitor for invasive mussels in Texas lakes, but anyone who finds them in lakes where they haven’t been found before should report them immediately by emailing photos and location information to AquaticInvasives@tpwd.texas.gov.

    • Post Date
      Feb 03, 2022