Top Invasive Species Blog Posts of 2020

A look back at the news that captured your attention and inspired invasive species action.

Ah, 2020. Notable. Notorious.

For the NAISMA communications staff, 2020 was the year we started posting blog articles in earnest. Here’s a look back at the news that captured your attention and inspired invasive species action.

1. National Leaders Align to Prevent the Spread of Invasive Species

“Since 2004, NAISMA has been working toward our vision of having North America’s lands and waters protected from invasive species.” Signing an MOU among Wildlife Forever, the North American Invasive Species Management Association (NAISMA), the National Park Service, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service was a positive step in the right direction.

2. 13 Ways Organizations and Agencies Can Participate in #NISAW 2020

The theme of the spring 2020 National Invasive Species Management Awareness Week (NISAW) was Local Action and Awareness. From publicizing the week to using only forage, hay, mulch and soil that are certified as “weed free” this list sought to spark ideas on how to bring NISAW home. We’re happy so many people found this post useful.

3. Invasive Species News and Research, March 2020

Was it the fact we were suddenly restricted to our screens this month that made this the most popular news roundup? Was it all the new invasive species research?

4. Update on the Bayer Settlement on Pending Roundup™ Lawsuits

NAISMA president Dr. David Coyle updated members on a fluid situation regarding glyphosate-based products that many land managers use.

5. Boot Brush Stations: Are They Effective?

NAISMA’s PlayCleanGo program is responsible for installing hundreds of boot brush stations across the country. Does the simple act of swiping your feet in one of these boot brushes actually accomplish anything? And if installed, will people actually use them? This research project got to the bottom of the stations’ effective use.

6. Invasive Species News and Research, November 2020

Warnings on invasive earthworms? New research on removal strategies? Federal responses to aquatic invasive species and wildfire? Sounds like a classic NAISMA news roundup.

7. PlayCleanGo: Designing a Boot Brush Station That People Actually Want to Use

Boot brushes help prevent invasive species from spreading. Most important to the outreach program, we needed to design a sign that would get hikers to read it, and then use the boot brushes.

8. Do You Have What You Need For an Invasive Species Engagement Plan?

Although we shared this through NISAW, these are evergreen steps you can take today to get support from decision makers on your invasive species issues.

9. Field Dispatch: Chuck Bargeron

The designer of Bugwood images and EDDMapS on his mentors, 6-foot lizards, useful analogies and the invasive species moon shot that we need in the next 10 years.

10. Invasive Species News and Research, April 2020

Invasive species news in North America. Success stories—including ecological restoration and inspection results—emerged right when we needed some good news.

And that’s the roundup! Thanks for reading. We are already working on helpful blog posts, including more original articles for invasive species managers. Follow NAISMA on Facebook and Twitter and sign up for our monthly Early Detector newsletter and never miss an article.

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