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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.

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.

New invasive webinars

A message from Steven T. Manning, President of Invasive Plant Control, Inc.

Along with the many other free invasive species specific webinars at, this month we will begin two series hosted by Dr. Randy Westbrooks; Foreign Pest Exclusion at National Ports of Entry – The First Line of Defense against Introduced Invasive Species and Early Detection and Rapid Response – The Second Line of Defense against Introduced Invasive Species*. The schedule for these webinar series can be found in the attached document.

There are several other excellent webinars currently scheduled so we urge you to come back frequently to check out the new speakers and topics. To check out the calendar of talks and register go to Click on the ipcwebsolutions logo and using the calendar, click more details on the webinar you would like to register for.

Winter 2013 – Invasive Species Prevention Webinar/Training Workshop Series – Online and Onsite.

I. Foreign Pest Exclusion at National Ports of Entry – The First Line of Defense against Introduced Invasive Species*.
1. Session 1 – National Ports of Entry – Gate Keepers for International Commerce and Travel – Gateways for Introduction of Foreign Pests – or Not. Introduction and Overview. February 7th, 12:00 EST
2. Session 2 – Introduction to Invasive Species – Examples of the Worst Invaders, Ecological and Economic Impacts, and Major Pathways of Spread. February 14th, 12:00 EST
3. Session 3 – High Profile Invasive Species that are Spread in Global Commerce and Trade – Invasive Species that may be Encountered at Ports of Entry. February 21st, 12:00 EST
4. Session 4 – Invasive Species Management Hierarchy – Pre-border, Border, and Post-border Strategies for Invasive Species Management – Invasive Species Prevention, Preclearance, Exclusion, EDRR, and Control. February 28th, 12:00 EST
5. Session 5 – Prevention Measures for Minimizing Intentionally Introduced Species that become Invasive – Strategies for Addressing Authorized and Unauthorized Introductions. March 7th, 12:00 EST
6. Session 6 – Exclusion Measures for Minimizing Unintentional Introductions at Ports of Entry – Strategies for Addressing Hitchhikers and Contaminants Associated with Imported Commodities and Cargo. March 14th, 12:00 EST
7. Session 7 – Documentation of Foreign Pest Interceptions at Ports of Entry – Invasive Species Specimen Collection, Identification, and Preservation. March 28th, 12:00 EST
8. Session 8 – General Authority for Addressing Quarantine Significant Pests at Ports of Entry – Invasive Species Decision Making Tools and Their Application. April, 1st, 12:00 EST
9. Session 9 – Series Summary and Review – Foreign Pest Exclusion as a Major Element of a National Invasive Species Prevention Strategy. April 18th, 12:00 EST

*A Professional Development Training Series for Plant Quarantine Officers at National Ports of Entry, as well as other Invasive Species Field Managers (Online or Onsite).

II. Early Detection and Rapid Response – The Second Line of Defense against Introduced Invasive Species*.
1. Session 1 – The Landscape Approach to Early Detection and Rapid Response – A Cost Effective Strategy for Managing New Invasive Plants on Public and Private Land Units – Introduction and Overview. January 29th, 3:00 EST and March 5th, 12:00 EST
2. Session 2 – The Landscape Approach to Early Detection and Rapid Response –Strategies for Partnership Development. February 5th, 12:00 EST and March 12th, 12:00 EST
3. Session 3 – The Landscape Approach to Early Detection and Rapid Response –Survey, Detection, Data Management, and Reporting. February 12th, 12:00 EST and March 26th, 12:00 EST
4. Session 4 – The Landscape Approach to Early Detection and Rapid Response –Rapid Assessment of Confirmed new Exotic Species. February 26th, 12:00 EST and April 9th, 12:00 EST
5. Session 5 – The Landscape Approach to Early Detection and Rapid Response – Rapid Response to Confirmed New Invaders. March 5th, 12:00 EST and April 23rd, 12:00 EST

*A Professional Development Training Series for Land Owners and Managers at all Levels of the Landscape – Local to National (Onsite or Online).