Invasive Plant Management in 10 Conference Sessions

Is preventing and managing invasive plants part of your job? Here are just some of the NAISMA conference sessions on invasive plant management.

The Virtual 2021 NAISMA Annual Conference is offering dozens of sessions on topics such as early detection, rapid response, diversity and inclusion in natural resources, outreach and prevention, pesticide use, conservation dogs, weed management, and invasive plants.

Register here for the virtual conference, which starts September 27, 2021.

Below are just some of the sessions on invasive plant management. Whether you manage large habitats, manage rangelands, are involved with biocontrol research, or have an interest in getting states on the same page with invasive plant policy, NAISMA is here to help!

Need new tools for identifying invasive plants? We’ve got sessions on dogs, drones, and more.

Looking for advice on managing specific invasive plants such as European dewberry, Phragmites australis, or parrot’s feather? Scroll down! Of our 30+ sessions at this year’s invasive species conference, at least 10 address invasive plants specifically.

Tuesday, September 28

Missoula, Montana mountains

Montana and Intermountain West
11:15 a.m. MT

Invasive species work is as dynamic as the mountain landscape itself! From conducting hydroacoustic surveys to changing public perception of a beloved (invasive) city tree, to exploiting the life cycle of spotted knapweed to achieve long-lasting control, these presentations will inspire you to get creative.

Success in Biological Control
11:15 a.m. MT

An invasive plant biologist, research entomologists, and an evolutionary ecologist will share research on integrating biocontrol in your management plans and defining long-term success, including native species recovery.

See more of NAISMA’s resources on classical biological control.

Transboundary Initiatives
1:30 p.m. MT

With great stress comes great opportunity — to improve! Hear how biologists work with fire scientists to advance priority actions across the invasive species and wildland fire communities. Plus, hear how groups from ecologically important regions have turned biological invasions, climate change, and extinctions into educational opportunities and restoration initiatives.

Beyond Weed Control: the Multiple Benefits of Restoring Annual Grass Invaded Rangelands
1:30 p.m. MT

Learn how the herbicide indaziflam (Rejuvra®) might help you invest in long-term goals for rangeland restoration, including increased pollinator production, wildlife forage, and reduced fine-fuel loads.

Download detailed session information for the 2021 NAISMA Annual Conference.

Wednesday, September 29

Invasive Species Policy
10:00 a.m. MT

Jump into the dizzying and exciting world of invasive species policy, from state-to-state invasive plant regulations, international implications of delisting the emerald ash borer, transboundary aquatic herbicide registration, and a discussion on expanding county weed districts’ leadership to coordinate management of all taxa.

Mapping and Early Detection and Rapid Response
11:15 a.m. MT

Whether you want to learn about effectively treating false-brome, think about how a grant manager ensures the best use of funds using EDDMapS, or use aerial imagery to map and treat weeds, there is something in this session for you.

Did you know NAISMA hosted a two-day summit on EDDMapS this year? Click the link to learn more and watch recordings!

Conservation Dogs for Transboundary Cooperation
1:00 p.m. MT

This special session introduces you to the use of specialized canine teams in invasive species detection. Then, follow the trail of conservation dogs in several specific applications, including agricultural and aquatic settings.

Aquatic Invasive Species Management
1:00 p.m. MT

Phragmites! Eurasian water chestnut! Parrot’s feather! Grass Carp! How have invasive plant managers assessed, treated, and promoted the management of these aquatic invaders? Find out in this session.

the invasive plant Phragmites australis, before and after seed head removal and disposal
The invasive plant Phragmites australis grows in a ditch (left). Conservation managers led a team removing and disposing of the seed heads of phramites (right).

Thursday, September 30

Friend or Foe? Identifying Noxious Weeds and their Look-alikes Workshop
1:00 p.m.

Discuss plant identification concepts, learn about the benefits of native plants, and practice identifying native plants in the Northern Rockies that can be mistaken for noxious weeds.

Adaptive Management
3:00 p.m.

This virtual session explores treatment options for European dewberry and European frog-bit, steps leading to state-level invasive plant regulation, and a custom model for monitoring invasive plants with drones and AI.

Download detailed session information.

Register here for the virtual conference.

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