Outreach and Education

February 21 through 27, 2016

The National Association of Invasive Plant Councils, of which we are a proud member, will host a series of free webinars during Invasive Species Awareness Week. We encourage all of our members and friends to budget some time to take advantage of the great information that will be shared through these webinars!

Monday, February 22, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EST
Let’s take a hack at hack and squirt individual plant treatments
Presenter:  Stephen Enloe, Associate Professor, Agronomy Department/Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants, University of Florida
Abstract: “Hack and squirt” is an individual plant treatment technique widely used for woody invasive plants across the United States. The basic method involves making a series of cuts around the circumference of a tree and immediately applying a concentrated herbicide solution into the cuts. As simple as this seems, there is tremendous diversity among researchers and land managers in exactly what is meant and what is done with this technique. In reality, hack and squirt may entail labor intensive girdling type cuts, overlapping frill cuts, injection for evenly spaced cuts, and a myriad of tools to accomplish these methods. We will review different types of hack and squirt treatments, tools, and herbicides used. We will also discuss selectivity, herbicide flashback, and how hack and squirt techniques compare to other IPT methods. Get ready for a fun and informative lecture, and let’s take a hack at hack and squirt!

Tuesday, February 23, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EST
Volunteers Make a Difference in an Early Detection Rapid Response Citizen Science Program 
Presenter: Julie K. Combs, PNW IPC (Pacific Northwest Invasive Plant Council), Seattle, WA
Abstract: After prevention, Early Detection Rapid Response (EDRR) is the most effective method to control the establishment and spread of new populations of invasive plants. Invasive species management is often constrained by time and resources. In 2012, the Pacific Northwest Invasive Plant Council (PNW IPC) developed an EDRR Citizen Science Invasive Plant Program in order to support county, state and federal management agencies working to locate and eradicate invasive species in Washington State. To date the PNW IPC’s EDRR program has trained over 260 Citizen Scientists to identify target EDRR species and conduct surveys in natural areas on county, state and federal public lands in Washington and Oregon State. We will present how our volunteers have made measurable progress in the effort to detect report and eradicate priority invasive plants from public lands since 2012. We will also present other metrics of success, challenges and lesson learned.

Wednesday, February 24, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EST
Protecting the Sierra Nevada from Invasive Plants: Incorporating Climate Adaptation into Wildland Weed Management
Presenters: Doug Johnson, Executive Director, and Elizabeth Brusati, Sr. Scientist (California Invasive Plant Council), LeeAnne Mila, Deputy Agricultural Commissioner (El Dorado County Agriculture Dept.), Ed King, Deputy Agricultural Commissioner (Placer County Agriculture Dept.), Joel Trumbo, Sr. Environmental Scientist (California Dept. of Fish & Wildlife)
Abstract: California’s Sierra Nevada mountain range is valued for its wildlife habitat and natural beauty as well as its timber resources and role in the state’s water supply. Due to its remoteness and climatic extremes, the Sierra has been less affected by invasive plants than most other areas of the state. With increasing development and recreational pressures as well as a warming climate, this is changing. Local organizations across the region teamed with the nonprofit California Invasive Plant Council (Cal-IPC) to develop strategic priorities for addressing the spread of invasive plants at the landscape level with targeted management projects. Supporting ecological resiliency to climate change is a fundamental objective of this effort, and was integrated into project design. We present the invasive plant management work in the Sierra, and draw lessons about how practitioners can integrate climate resiliency into their projects. 

Thursday, February 25, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EST
Treating Firewood is a Hot Topic: seasoning, solarizing, kiln drying, and heat treatment
Presenter: Leigh Greenwood, Don’t Move Firewood campaign manager, The Nature Conservancy
Abstract: Unfortunately, firewood is a common vector for the spread of many forest and tree pests throughout North America. Join us for a combined NISAW and Firewood Outreach Coordinating Initiative webinar discussing the various effective (and potentially ineffective) ways that firewood is treated in order to prevent the spread of forest pests. We will bring in experts from the private sector and USDA APHIS to talk about their efforts to slow the spread of invasive species through better firewood treatment. Comparisons of low energy treatments such as debarking, seasoning, soaking, and solarizing will be contrasted with heat treatment at various levels.

Thursday, February 25, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EST
Weed Wrangle:  A Template for Engaging Local Communities through Citywide Invasive Plant Events
Presenter: Steven Manning, President, Invasive Plant Control, Inc.
Abstract: Inspired by national and international efforts now underway, Weed Wrangle Nashville represents a fresh new push to stem the tide of biological pollution in local communities. The goal is two-fold: restoration and preservation. Organizers seek to raise awareness of the “green scourge” before more of our native plants lose the fight for the light and nutrients they require to survive. The Garden Club of Nashville, a member of The Garden Club of America, and GCA members from Chattanooga, Memphis and Knoxville are working hard to pull in other local groups to establish a corps of organized resistance to this blight on our environment. Friends of Warner Parks, Greenways for Nashville and the Radnor Lake State Natural Area are just a few of the partners now backing Weed Wrangle Nashville.  The first annual Weed Wrangle was held in Nashville, TN during the 2015 National Invasive Species Awareness Week. This event acted as a template for other cities in the United States to engage local communities to pull together to learn about and manage invasive plants. Steven Manning will discuss the financing, staffing, PR and goals behind this project including 10 sites (from elementary schools to the Nashville Zoo) that created a circle of natural areas around the greater Nashville area.  The 2016 event has spread statewide and the event sponsors envision this being a national event within two years.

The Strike Team is often invited to participate in community based events such as festivals and open houses. We are also frequently asked to lead educational programs for local organizations. Although we would LOVE to accommodate every request because we know that events and programs allow us to reach an ever-greater audience, our limited resources simply don't allow us to spread ourselves as far and wide as we'd like.

In 2016, our outreach budget is specifically focused on recruiting and educating new partners who own and/or manage lands in high priority forest areas and on bringing our message and resources to agricultural producers. These are especially important groups that can have a significant impact in the work to stop the spread of emerging invasives and we have grant funding to support our work with them.

For more information please contact Susan Brookman.

Upcoming Programs

Friday, March 18
NJ Land Conservation Workshop
Wyndham Garden Hotel, Trenton
8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
We'll lead a 90 minute session on managing invasive plants

Wednesday, April 6
New Jersey Invasive Species Conference
Duke Farms, Hillsborough
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.