Category Archives: workshops

Invasive Plants – Issues, Challengers, and Discoveries

The USDA Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station is pleased to announce a new webinar series, Invasive Plants – Issues, Challenges, and Discoveries.  It is sponsored by our station’s Grassland, Shrubland and Desert Ecosystems Science program.  This free interactive series, which includes seven webinars, will provide attendees with cutting-edge information about invasive plants and their management.  We encourage land managers, professionals, scientists, and other interested people to attend.  The first webinar will take place on Thursday, January 23, 2014 from 12:00pm- 1:00pm Mountain Time.




Webinar Series Schedule (All webinars will begin at 12:00pm Mountain Time)


Date Webinar Topic


January 23, 2014 Determining identity and origin of invasive plant species John Gaskin


February 27, 2014 Rapid evolution of biocontrol insects in response to climate change Peter McEvoy


March 13, 2014 Merging chemical ecology and biocontrol to predict efficacy and climate effects Justin Runyon


March 27, 2014 Hybridization in weedy species Sarah Ward


April 10, 2014 Biogeography of plant invasions Dean Pearson


April 24, 2014 Pathogen-based biological control of grassy weeds Susan Meyer


May 8, 2014 Classical biological control of weeds Sharlene Sing


Please refer to the attached flyer for details and logistics for the webinar series.

Invasive Plants Webinar Series 2014

Free webinar on the New Jersey Invasive Species Strike Team

Reserve your Webinar seat now at:
The New Jersey Invasive Species Strike Team is a statewide non-profit with a mission “to prevent the spread of emerging invasive species across the state of New Jersey”.  Started in 2008 as the Central Jersey Invasive Species Strike Team, the project expanded statewide in 2011 and consists of over 100 public and private partners.  Our goals are to serve as the data clearinghouse for all emerging invasive species in NJ, educate citizens to encourage voluntary restrictions on the purchase of invasive plants, and assist land managers in using “Early Detection & Rapid Response” to combat invasive species before they can cause significant ecological damage.  Our speaker will be Melissa Almendinger.  Melissa is the Education Director for the NJ Invasive Species Strike Team.  She is also an original co-chair and the founding Executive Director (2010-2013).  Melissa holds a B.S. in Natural Resource Management from Rutgers University and is a New Jersey Certified K-12 science teacher.  She also serves on the board of the Mid-Atlantic Invasive Plant Council.  Previous to the Strike Team, she worked for the Upper Raritan Watershed Association for over 6 years as both a Stewardship Director and Education/Outreach Director.


Title: Cooperative Invasive Species Management in NJ
Date: Thursday, October 10, 2013
Time: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EDT


After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.


System Requirements
PC-based attendees
Required: Windows® 8, 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server
Mac®-based attendees
Required: Mac OS® X 10.6 or newer
Mobile attendees
Required: iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phone or Android tablet

Great Lakes Phragmites Collaborative Webinar Series

The Great Lakes Phragmites Collaborative webinar series has focused on invasive Phragmites in the Great Lakes region to encourage dialogue and technology transfer throughout the region. This series will include topics such as: Current research on Phragmites control, management techniques and case studies, monitoring and assessment protocols, mapping and tracking and regional management initiatives. Much of the information can help us understand phragmites management in southeast Ohio.

To access their past recordings, click on this link:

IPC invasive plant webinar series archive

I wanted to direct everyone to a valuable series of previously recorded invasive plant webinars.  Content covered can be important to anyone, including private landowners, all the way up to regional managers of invasive plants.  Check it out if you have some time.

AOWCP celebrates its first birthday with technical meeting to facilitate management of hydrilla on the Ohio River

The AOWCP turned 1 year old last Wednesday June 26th. To celebrate, we thought we’d discuss the management of hydrilla on the Ohio River. We had several great speakers and many great participants, both in person and over the Internet and phone. I’m providing links to some of the powerpoints presented. However, not all are available currently because they contain unpublished data. I will post them later after the papers are published. Thank you for understanding.

Introduction – Eric Boyda, AOWCP

Ohio River Hydrilla – Dr. Michael Netherland, US Army ERDC

EPRI ORBFHP Hydrilla Workshop – Dr. Doug Dixon, EPRI

Tools for Early Detection, Hydrilla Workshop, June 2013 – Kate Howe, MIPN

Webinar – Native and Non-native Species: How Much Attention Should Managers Be Paying to Origins?

Don’t miss the latest installment of the Conservation Science Webinar Series!

 Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

2:00 – 3:00 PM (eastern time)

 Native and Non-native Species: How Much Attention Should Managers Be Paying to Origins?

 A debate between Mark Davis and Dan Simberloff

Dr. Mark Davis is the DeWitt Wallace Professor of Biology at Macalester College

Dr. Daniel Simberloff is the Gore Hunger professor of Environmental Studies at University of Tennessee-Knoxville.

Description: Two of the leading scientists in the field of Invasion Biology, Dr. Mark Davis (author of the book Invasion Biology, published in 2009 by Oxford University Press) and Dr. Daniel Simberloff (Director of the Institute for Biological Invasions at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville) will discuss when, if and how conservation biologists and managers should deal with non-native species.  

See this announcement for details on how to register.  Please feel free to forward this to anyone that might be interested in this webinar.

Note: Captioning Services will be available for this webinar.

Hocking Hills Woodland and Wildlife Workshops – May 3rd and 4th

Presented by: Appalachia Ohio Alliance, Appalachian Ohio Weed Control Partnership, Hocking Soil & Water Conservation District, Ohio DNR Division of Forestry, Ohio State University Extension, and Rural Action

With support from: Logan Tree Commission and Ohio State University Department of Geography.

Sponsored by: Ora E. Anderson Conservation Fund for Appalachian Ohio, Ohio Tree Farm Committee, Southeast Ohio Woodland Interest Group, & Ohio Invasive Plants Council.

Registration flyer can be found here: Woodland & Wildlife Workshop

Please fill out and send the registration by April 29th!  Hope to see you there!

Woodland Health & Wildlife Habitat

Friday May 3, 2013. 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Hocking SWCD Bishop Educational Gardens

13200 Little Cola Road, Rockbridge, OH 43149

3:45 – Registration

4:00 – Introduction: The Hocking Hills Woodland Plan

4:15 – Developing a plan for your woods.

4:30 – Invasive plants that threaten your woodland health & wildlife habitat.

5:00 – Hemlock Woolly Adelgid.

5:40 – Improving your wildlife habitat.

6:10 – Dinner,

Sponsored by: Ohio Tree Farm Committee, Southeast Ohio Woodland Interest Group, & Ohio Invasive Plants Council.

7:00 – Examples in the woods

(This portion of the workshop will be outdoors so please dress appropriately for weather and the woods) This program is free to the public. Registration is requested to arrange for seating and dinners.

Directions: From U.S. 33, turn west on County Rd 34 (Buena Vista Rd), follow Buena Vista Rd approximately 6.5 miles to Little Cola Rd (Twp Rd 137), turn left (SE) & follow Little Cola Rd approximately 0.5 miles, 13200 Little Cola Rd will be your left (NE side of the road).

Non-Timber Forest Products

Saturday May 4, 2013. 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Appalachia Ohio Alliance Mathias Grove

25779 Bailey Road, Rockbridge, OH 43149

8:45 – Registration

9:00 – Welcome/ Introduction

9:10 – The Hocking Hills Woodland Plan

9:30 – Intro to non-timber forest products

10:50 – Mushroom log inoculation demonstration

11:10 – Appalachia Ohio Alliance & Mathias Grove

11:30 – Lunch

12:00 – Hike through Mathias Grove

(This portion of the workshop will be outdoors so please dress appropriately for weather and the woods) Sponsored by:

Ora E. Anderson Conservation Fund for Appalachian Ohio

Directions: From U.S. 33, turn southwest on Opossum Hollow Rd (T.R. 129), then turn immediately to the southeast on Bailey Road which runs parallel with U.S 33, go 0.3 miles, 25779 Bailey Rd. is on the southwest side of the road.

Registration for this program is $10.00, lunch will be provided

Webcast: Garlic Mustard and the 2013 Challenge

Join us for the FREE Stewardship Network Webcast Wednesday, April 10th, “Garlic Mustard and the 2013 Challenge”

Presentation by: Abby Gartland, Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy; Heather Huffstutler, Six Rivers Regional Land Conservancy; Joan Meyer, Kent ISD and volunteer at Aman Park; and Lisa Brush, The Stewardship Network

Date: Wednesday, April 10th, 2013
Time: 12 noon to 1pm Eastern
Place: Your Computer!

Click here to view webcast!
(Link will become live day of webcast)

Spring finally feels like it’s on its way – the weather is warming up, the songbirds are back, and the garlic mustard is showing its green little leaves. On April 10th, we’ll be kicking off our 2013 Garlic Mustard Challenge with this webcast. We’ll cover a bit of the science behind the plant, and then we’ll be joined by people leading the charge against this invasive in different places around Michigan! We’ll hear about their work and success protecting the special places where they live. Tune in, and get pumped up for the 2013 Challenge!


Abby Gartland – Abby joined the Stewardship Staff in 2001 following the completion of her B.S. in Fisheries and Wildlife from Michigan State University. She spends much of her personal and work time tromping in the woods learning about and enjoying the unique flora and fauna of NW Lower Michigan. Although Abby envisions Michigan as her home base she hopes to travel extensively, double her life list (at least!) and experience as much of the natural world as she can. With the support of the Stewardship Team, Abby is responsible for much of the biological work at GTRLC’s nature preserves including completing baseline inventories of the flora and fauna on site; she also manages the invasive species program.

Heather Huffstutler – Heather has a B.S. in Biology from Eastern Michigan University and holds a secondary education teaching certificate. Her career in conservation began as a volunteer in Northern Michigan for The Nature Conservancy and she’s been hooked ever since. She has worked all over the country, landing back home in Michigan 6 years ago. As Stewardship Director at Six Rivers Regional Land Conservancy, Heather oversees all aspects of the Conservancy’s Stewardship Program, including planning for ecosystem restoration, writing management plans, managing grant projects, and leading the Conservancy’s strategic conservation planning efforts. She facilitates the Stewardship Network Headwaters Cluster and it’s current work to engage landowners in battling swallowwort in northwestern Oakland County.

Joan Meyer – Mary Jane Dockery was instrumental in starting Blandford Nature Center in Grand Rapids. About 20 years ago she led a wildflower walk through Aman Park and casually pointed out some garlic mustard growing alongside the trail. She mentioned that in about 10 years there would no longer be wild flowers there but garlic mustard instead. At that time I remember thinking and saying “Not while there is breath in my body!” So, I began. My friend and I walked our dogs through the park every day and began pulling the garlic mustard. Those little walks morphed into Garlic Mustard Pulls involving Master Gardeners, Master Naturalists, volunteers, friends, neighbors, Audubon Society members, Grand Rapids Parks Department and anyone willing to spend some time. I placed descriptive signs throughout the park with pictures of garlic mustard, a little about the nastiness of the invasive weed and encouraged people to pull. It’s fun to walk through and find garbage bags of the stuff along the trails and know that people are helping. My husband is assigned the job of taking our wheelbarrow through the park and collecting the bags for counting and disposal. The GR Parks Department (though the park is in Ottawa County, it is owned by the GR Parks Department) picks up the bags and takes them to the incinerator. When I talk to people I encourage them to designate one small area of the park “theirs.” It is then their responsibility to return year after year to make sure their spot stays garlic mustard free. How very, very encouraging to find areas that were filled with the weed, now garlic mustard free and producing all manner of Michigan wild flowers. Aman Park has been identified as the park in Michigan with the most diversity and quantity of wild flowers and I am so proud of her! Jacob Aman, who donated the park to us in 1926, is buried there and I talk to him frequently, thanking him for donating the park to “the recipients of his bounty” and promising him we will continue the fight against garlic mustard!

Lisa Brush – Executive Director, The Stewardship Network. Lisa has worked in the environmental field in Michigan for the last fifteen years. She is currently the Executive Director of the Stewardship Network and has been involved with the Network since its inception more than 10 years ago. She has a wealth of experience helping non-scientific people understand scientific issues. For over nine years, as she has built and coordinated The Stewardship Network, she has emphasized effective and meaningful stakeholder involvement in developing and implementing all aspects of this program. She has a M.S. in Natural Resources from the University of Michigan and a B.A. (Science in Society) from Wesleyan University.

GLEDN Mapping Webcast RESCHEDULE​D for April 2

We apologies for the technical issues that prevented the holding the Great Lakes Early Detection Network (GLEDN) Mapping Webcast yesterday as planned. The server at Purdue that runs Adobe Connect was down yesterday for about an hour, right at the time the webcast was scheduled.

The webcast has been rescheduled for April 2 at 11:00 Eastern/10:00 Central. The webcast will be recorded and posted on the MIPN website for those who are not able to listen in. I encourage you to attend the webcast if possible, though, because you will have the opportunity to ask questions about how to use GLEDN.

Please contact if you are interested in obtaining information to join the meeting.


Sorry everyone, but we had some technical difficulties with the webcast software. We will let you know when we reschedule the webcast.

Our apologies.

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