National Invasive Species Awareness Week (NISAW) Continues with Part II Happening May 15-22, 2021

Contact: Elizabeth Brown, NAISMA Legislative Affairs Program Manager, ​414-215-0532,

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Milwaukee, WI (April 27-2021)The North American Invasive Species Management Association (NAISMA) announces National Invasive Species Awareness Week (NISAW) Part II is being held from May 15-22, 2021. 

What is NISAW?

NISAW is an international event to raise awareness about invasive species, the threat that they pose, and what can be done to prevent their spread.  Organized by NAISMA, NISAW encourages representatives from local, state, federal, and regional organizations to discuss legislation, policies, and improvements that can be made to prevent and manage invasive species.

NISAW Part I focused on national and regional issues of importance. NAISMA held a series of virtual webinars Feb. 22-26 that reached more than 1,650 people. 

NISAW Part II is focused on highlighting state invasive species issues of local importance. Communities all across North America are hosting local outreach and management events, and NAISMA is providing free daily webinars and a free resource toolkit.

Participate in a local event! 

Partners are planning local events to remove invasive species. These events are meant to educate elected officials, decision makers, and the public on how they can help to stop the spread of invasive species and protect communities.

New this year, NISAW.org features a form to upload your local events. Whether you’ve organized a community weed pull or you are doing an aquatic invasives tour with a legislator, add your event to our listing! By adding in-person and virtual events, you’ll be featured on NISAW.org and given a shout out to our Facebook followers. Plus, the first 20 groups to add an in-person event will receive a bundle of outreach materials for their event! The first 20 groups to add virtual events will receive a NAISMA hat and travel mug as a thank you. Note, events do not need to occur at the exact same time as NISAW Part II; we will accept any events hosted in the month of May.

In addition to hosting events, you and your organization can help us spread the word about invasive species! Visit NISAW.org to download materials from our outreach toolkit. You’ll find fact sheets, articles, templates and social media posts. Use all or several of these resources to spread the word about invasive species and create awareness in your community.

Attend a Free Virtual Webinar daily during NISAW!

There will be more free webinars from May 17-21, 2021.  All webinars begin at 1:00 p.m. CT. Register for each by clicking the title below:

Monday, May 17 | The Climate Crisis And Invasive Species

Tuesday, May 18 | The Model Legislative Framework For State Aquatic Nuisance Species (ANS) Programs And Resource Toolkit For Local Governments

Wednesday, May 19 | The Regulatory Process For Classical Weed Biological Control

Thursday, May 20 | Aquatic Plant Management Priorities

Friday, May 21 | A Comparison Of State Noxious Weed Lists And The Western Weed Action Plan

Thank you to our sponsors!

NISAW would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors. Thank you to our Outreach Sponsor, the Weed Science Society of America.

NAISMA also thanks webinar sponsors Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission and The Aquatic Pest Management Society. Rocky Mountain Recreation is a supporter sponsor. 

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The North American Invasive Species Management Association (NAISMA) is a network of professionals challenged by invasive species: land managers, water resource managers, state, regional, and federal agency directors and staff, researchers, and nonprofit organizations. The mission of NAISMA is to support, promote, and empower invasive species prevention and management in North America. NAISMA’s members are a diverse group of individuals and organizations who are involved in implementing invasive species management programs at all scales. Its programs aim to provide the support, training, and standards needed by the professional invasive species management community. For more information, visit NAISMA.org.

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