Outreach and Education

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 2017, 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 Mike Van Clef.

Reality Check: Where Are We and Where Do We Need to Go?
Free Webinars will take place each day during the week.

Monday Feb 27 - Impacts and Prevention
2:00 p.m. Some Rapid Risk Assessment Tools for Nonnative Species: Where Are We, and Where Do We
Need to Go? Mike Hoff, PhD, (USFWS-retired), Eagan, MN.
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3:00 p.m. Invasive Aquatic Plants in the Florida Landscape: Solving Problems with Interagency
Cooperation. Melissa Smith, PhD., Research Ecologist at Invasive Plant Research Lab, Fort Lauderdale, FL.
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Tuesday Feb 28 - Early Detection and Response
2:00 p.m. Use of Landsat time series for large-scale mapping of invasive species distributions. Valerie
Pasquarella, Post-doc, University of Massachusetts, Amherst / Northeast Climate Science Center.
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3:00 p.m. Picking Our Battles: A Strategy to Enhance Success of Invasive Plant Projects. Rachel Stevens, Stewardship Coordinator and Wildlife Ecologist, Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, New
Hampshire Fish and Game Department.
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Wednesday March 1 - Innovative Methods
2:00 p.m. Biological Control Agents Being Employed for Control of the Emerald Ash Borer. Jian J. Duan,
PhD, Research Entomologist/Lead Scientist, USDA Agricultural Research Service, Beneficial Insects
Introduction Research Unit, DE.
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Thursday March 2 - Creating Behavior Change
2:00 p.m. PlayCleanGo: Research on the Power of Positive Messaging. Susan Burks, Forestry and
Invasive Species Program Coordinator, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
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3:00 p.m. Eleven Years of Firewood Behavior Change Research - What is working, and where should we
go from here? Leigh Greenwood, Don’t Move Firewood Program Manager, The Nature Conservancy,
Missoula MT.
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Friday March 3 - Public-Private Partnerships
11 a.m. European Grapevine Moth Eradication Program – a Formula for a Successful Eradication
Project. Nick Condos, Director, Plant Health and Pest Prevention Services, California Department of Food
and Agriculture, Sacramento, CA.
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