Each year, NAISMA hosts an annual conference connecting terrestrial and aquatic invasive species management, research, policy, and outreach initiatives and opportunities across North America.

2021 NAISMA ANNUAL CONFERENCE

Transboundary Cooperation

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September 27-30, 2021

Recordings of all conference sessions are now available through the Attendify platform. Use the same login you used for the conference.

The NAISMA Board of Directors, Staff, and Planning Committee are excited for this year’s opportunity to bring our high quality agenda, professional development, and networking opportunities to invasive species managers in North America and beyond.

This year’s conference is a great deal for anyone who does invasive species management, research, policy, or outreach and education who are looking for an affordable professional development opportunity. Become a member for registration discounts.

CEC/CEU credits will be applied for CCA, ISA, SAF, SER, and some states’ Pesticide Applicator Credits. Click here to learn more.

The only invasive species management conference to…

Bridge geographic divides

between West and East, North and South, land and water

Connect science to action

through research, policy, and outreach initiatives and opportunities across North America

Transboundary Cooperation

Our 2021 Conference will feature topics with national, and international reach and impact; case studies of regional partnerships; and technical updates.

What to Expect

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Unparalleled breadth. Expert insight. Inspiring content that bridges all corners of North America, all disciplines, and all taxa within invasive species management. 

What’s Different

Virtual sessions will include interactive Q&A and panel discussions; connect with attendees and speakers directly on the Conference Mobile App social networking area before, during, and after the conference.

Thank you to our sponsors!

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Exhibitors

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Keynote Speakers

Tuesday, September 28th

Transboundary Cooperation: A Case Study of Waterton National Park and Glacier National Park

The Crown of the Continent Ecosystem, an area of roughly 18 million acres that connects the Canadian southern Rockies with the U.S northern Rockies, has long been recognized for its critical importance in preserving native bio-diversity on the North American continent. Not only is it biologically diverse, it is also highly jurisdictionally fragmented. These jurisdictions include the international boundary across two nations as well as numerous indigenous lands, tribal reservations, federal and provincial land management agencies, state, county, and private lands. At the core of this landscape, sit both Glacier National Park and Waterton Lakes National Park, which together form the world’s first international peace park – the 1.1 million acre Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park. Because mother nature doesn’t recognize these jurisdictional boundaries, Glacier and Waterton have long collaborated on natural resources management issues and the challenge invasive species bring. Exchanging information and ideas on terrestrial invasive species such as noxious weeds is an ongoing long-term effort and has resulted in improvements to these management programs on both sides of the border. More recently, recognition of the vulnerability of both parks to aquatic invasive species such as zebra and quagga mussels has fostered even closer collaboration to address these risks to the transboundary waters of Waterton Lake. Projects like watercraft inspection stations, mussel sniffing dogs, developing regional invasive species field guides (aquatic and terrestrial), and ecosystem restoration are only possible with open cooperation across jurisdictional boundaries. Working towards shared goals with Indigenous Nations like the Blackfeet Reservation, Confederated Salish and Kootenai Reservations, and the Blackfoot Confederacy increase the scope of invasive species prevention for the Crown of the Continent Ecosystem. Similarly, continued close cooperation with local stakeholders on both aquatic and terrestrial invasive species early detection and monitoring programs remains a high priority for the park and offers the best opportunity for success at minimizing impacts of invasive species that are already here and reducing the likelihood of others establishing within the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park. 

Jeff Mow, Superintendent, Glacier National Park, Montana

Jeff Mow arrived at Glacier National Park in August of 2013.  A 31-year veteran of the National Park Service, Mow served 21 of those years in Alaska.  Most recently he was the superintendent of Kenai Fjords National Park based in Seward and in 2012 served as the acting superintendent of Denali National Park.  Mow has had many duty stations in Alaska ranging from the icy waters of Glacier Bay to the treeless tundra at Gates of the Arctic. 

Mow is a native of Los Angeles. He is a 1981 graduate of Carleton College in Northfield, MN, where he majored in environmental education.  He attended graduate school at the University of Michigan, focusing on geology. During college and graduate school, he spent four summers in southwestern Montana as a geologic field assistant with the U.S. Geological Survey. After teaching geology at a community college and working for four years as an instructor at the Yosemite Institute, Mow moved north to Alaska to begin his career with the National Park Service. 

Mow’s other assignments have included serving on U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, a Congressional and Legislative Affairs Specialist for the National Park Service in Washington DC, and superintendent of Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument in Colorado.   

Early in his National Park Service career he learned the value of community service and has served as Rotary Club President, Mayor of Alaska’s smallest incorporated city, and community EMT and volunteer firefighter. 

Mow is married, has a son in college, and is living in Whitefish.   The Mow family enjoys a variety of winter activities and in the “off-season” they enjoy hiking, biking and paddling.  

Salman Rasheed, Superintendent, Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta

Sal began his career at Parks Canada in 2001 as a Conservation Biologist for the Mountain Parks.

Since that time he has taken on many assignment opportunities, most recently as the Associate Director of the Natural Resources Conservation Branch in Ottawa. Prior to that he was Resource Conservation Manager in Jasper as well as the Field Unit Superintendent in Jasper. Sal has acted as the Field Unit

Superintendent in Waterton twice before coming on as the Superintendent in November of 2018 so is relatively familiar with the operations and situational landscape in Waterton. Sal was excited to be back in Waterton where he had his first graduate program field site in 1991. Prior to working for Parks Canada, Sal worked for eight years for both the Alberta and BC provincial governments in a project management capacity. Sal holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Environmental Sciences from the University of Calgary. Sal has been with Parks Canada for 21 years now.

Wednesday, September 29th

A BioCultural Approach to Integrating Indigenous Knowledge with Western Science for Invasive Species Management and Policy

Paulette Fox, Blackfoot Confederacy, Blood Tribe, Southern Alberta

Paulette M. Fox is a member of the Blackfoot Confederacy from the Blood Tribe in southern Alberta. In her Blackfoot language she is known as Natowawaahkaki, which means “Holy Walking Woman.” She owns and operates her own environmental consulting business, Harmony Walkers Inc. Her work with indigenous communities includes a decade with her own tribe along with the IINNII Initiative that involves over 20 Tribes and First Nations in North America. She is a spiritual leader and knowledge keeper. Having worked with provincial government and local industry she is known as a relationship builder and creative designer for linking indigenous knowledge with appropriate aspects of policy, regulation and legislation. Currently she is working with the Roundtable on the Crown of the Continent and the Blackfeet Nation in Montana. Paulette has taught for many years at the Red Crow Community College, bringing environmental science and indigenous knowledge together in the classroom. She has also presented and guest-lectured about the importance of buffalo to her culture and how indigenous people see and use the land. She has an MSc degree in environmental science from the University of Lethbridge and a B.Sc from the University of Calgary.

Thursday, September 30th

Leveraging America the Beautiful to Address Invasive Species

Martha Williams, Principal Deputy Director, US Fish and Wildlife Service       

Growing up on a farm in Montana, Martha Williams gained an appreciation for open lands, waters, wildlife, and people. This passion led her to the wild places of the West and a career spent fostering a love of the outdoors and stewarding the protection of natural resources.

On January 20, 2021, Williams was sworn in as Principal Deputy Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and is designated to exercise the delegable authority of the director.

Preceding her appointment, Williams served as the Director of the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks from 2017 to 2020. There, she delivered leadership that embraced the diversity of Montana’s natural resources and outdoor recreational values that also incorporated public expectations and values into the agency’s direction.

Previously, Williams was an Assistant Professor of Law at the Blewett School of Law at the University of Montana in Missoula, Montana and co-directed the university’s Land Use and Natural Resources Clinic. She also co-supervised the Public Land and Resources Law Review and the Environmental Law Group.

William’s appointment to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is a return to the Department of the Interior for the new Principal Deputy Director. Williams served as Deputy Solicitor Parks and Wildlife at the Department of the Interior for two years, providing counsel to the National Park Service and the Fish and Wildlife Service.

From 1988-2011, Williams was agency legal counsel for the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife & Parks, where she advised and represented the department on real estate transactions, Endangered Species Act policy and litigation, and on state and national environmental policy acts. During her tenure, she also taught continuing legal education classes on real property law and on public participation in government.

Williams earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Montana School of Law. She serves on the Boards of Directors for the National Conservation Leadership Institute and the Archie Bray Foundation and on the Advisory Board for the Franke School of Forestry and Conservation at the University of Montana . Williams is a hunter and an angler.

Field Trips

Field Trips have been cancelled as a part of the in-person Conference. 

Those who had registered for field trips will be refunded. 

Wednesday, September 29th

Every Wednesday field trip will take place in the afternoon.

Mt. Jumbo Hike – 4 hours

Leaders and Speakers:

  • Clancy Jandreau, Missoula Conservaton Lands
  • Morgan Valliant, Missoula Conservation Lands
  • Stephanie Rogge, Missoula Weed District

~5 mile, moderate hike starting at the Jumbo Saddle, hiking to the top of Mt Jumbo from the north and then down the south face. The hike will pass through a variety of different plant communities, focusing on City of Missoula Conservation Land’s invasive species management, active restoration projects, wildlife management in the wildland/urban interface, trails and provide you with great views of the Missoula and Clark Fork Valleys along the way.

Working Dogs for Conservation (WD4C) – 2 hours

Leader/Speaker: Aimee Hurt, WD4C

Working Dogs for Conservation is the world’s leading conservation detection dog organization. Our dogs can detect weeds before they break the surface, animals that live below ground, and aquatic organisms invisible to the human eye. Visit the Working Dogs for Conservation International Training Center just 15 minutes from the conference hotel where you will see one or more dogs demonstrate how they train using scent equipment, how training differs for various species, view outdoor demos on the 44-acre property, and have a chance to ask WD4C staff how their invasive species training and contracting for managers across the US works and how it could work for your management needs.

National Bison Range – 4.5 hours

Leaders and Speakers:

We will kick off this tour with a stop at the Bison Range Visitors Center for an introductory presentation about the rich history and culture of the area and the unprecedented transition occurring from USFWS to Tribal ownership and management. This will be followed by a drive over Red Sleep Mountain for gorgeous views of the Mission Valley and Mission Mountains with Glacier National Park in the distance as well as wildlife viewing opportunities (bison, elk, big horn sheep, antelope, bears and more!). Multiple stops along the way to discuss ventenata management and remote sensing activities that have occurred on the range as well as a history of weed management (on multiple systems) utilizing biocontrol dating back to the 1950s.

It is recommended that you bring binoculars for this field trip.

Thursday, September 30th

Flathead Lake – CSKT Lake Trout Facility at Blue Bay – 6.5 hours

Leaders and Speakers:

  • Kate Wilson
  • Barry Hansen (lake trout)
  • Les Evarts (lake trout)
  • Virgil Duplis (flowering rush)
  • Jennifer Andreas (biocontrol, flowering rush)
  • Lindsey Bona-Eggeman, Missoula Weed District
  • Katie Finley-Squeque, Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribe

Join biologists on Flathead Lake to learn about the Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribe’s management of lake trout, an introduced fish species in the west. Travel from Whitefish down the east side of Flathead Lake to Blue Bay, a campground and day use area operated by the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. Over lunch, the participants will hear about the history and co-management of the Flathead Lake fishery, lake trout biology and the Tribes’ innovative management approach to lake trout, which includes both angler incentives with the ‘Mack Days’ fishing events and the use of nets for capture. From there the group will split into smaller groups in order to visit three separate tours on-site: take a boat ride on the netting vessels (weather dependent); tour the lake trout processing facility where the Tribe’s non-profit Native Fish Keepers Inc. filets, packs and freezes their fish for distribution; and learn about flowering rush, an invading aquatic plant that is threatening Flathead Lake’s habitat and recreational access.

This field trip will leaving Missoula at 10:30 AM and returning around 5 PM. Lunch provided. Hiking/trail shoes, jacket and long pants recommended.

Weed Free Products Tour – 4.5 hours 

Learn how to do the NAISMA Certified Weed Free Gravel and new Mulch inspection protocols and standards by touring a local gravel pit and mulch producer in Missoula County. Many federal, state, and local lands require the use of certified weed free forage, gravel or mulch on their properties. The NAISMA Certified Weed Free Products program is the only program in North America that provides land managers with assurance that noxious weeds will not be spread through the movement of forage, hay, mulch, or gravel. In addition, the program provides continuity between participating provinces and states, maintains standards, provides guidelines, and ensures uniform training. Partnering agencies are welcome to include additional species and standards to their own programs. Participating entities are simply required to meet the NAISMA minimum standards. 

 

Registration

Registration Now Open

If you are registering for multiple individuals with an organization you will want to fill out the registration form for each individual. Multiple registrations can be added to the same cart before completing your purchase. 

We look forward to seeing you in September!

*Members: See discount details in the members area. If you are not a current member you can add membership as a part of your registration and receive your discount at that time.

 

Want to cut registration costs, click here to volunteer to help out with the conference!

Pricing

We are continuing to process requested refunds for registrants that had registered for our in-person event before we transitioned to a virtual only format. 

COVID-19 Details

COVID-19 Cancellation Update from the NAISMA Board for the 2021 Conference

Dear NAISMA Members, Subscribers, and Conference Attendees:

In light of the rapidly escalating COVID-19 pandemic, the NAISMA Board of Directors and staff, in consultation with co-host Montana Invasive Species Council (MISC), have decided to cancel the in-person portion of the conference and to continue with the virtual conference instead. This decision was based on several factors. 

First, there are growing numbers of COVID-19 cases in Missoula County. Missoula hospitals and the Mayor of Missoula announced on Friday last week that they are already in crisis. We did not want to potentially add to the city’s current situation by sending attendees from all over the U.S. and potentially Canada.

Second, a recent survey of our in-person attendees told us that at least 30% of attendees already had a travel ban, expect a travel ban from their employer, or do not feel safe traveling at this time.

Third, with likely additional travel bans expected, we were not certain that we would meet our financial obligations to the conference venue and vendors.

As a result, the NAISMA Board of Directors, staff and I chose to minimize our potential role in escalating the COVID-19 crisis as well as our financial risk, and to be proactive while we can.

NAISMA staff, board of directors, conference co-host MISC, and the conference planning committee will be adding more resources and fun activities to the virtual conference to make it even better than it was last year, including more small group networking, coffee chats, games, trivia, door prizes, and all virtual attendees will receive a swag bag with a printed program and other goodies!

I’m sorry that we can’t gather in person again this year, but I thank you for your understanding and I look forward to seeing you at the virtual conference in just one month.

Sincerely,

Chuck Bargeron

Board President, NAISMA

 

COVID-19 policy: in-person attendees who decide to switch their registration to virtual and receive a refund for the difference up until September 3rd. After September 10, in-person registrations can be switched to virtual but no refund will be given.

To change update your registration or request a refund, please fill out the registration adjustment form.

Location and Accommodations

Missoula, Montana

Conference Venue and Lodging:
Missoula Holiday Inn Downtown
There is limited availability at the Holiday Inn. Reserve early to guarantee your room.
200 S Pattee St
Missoula, MT 59802
Doubletree by Hilton – Downtown Missoula
100 Madison St.
Missoula, MT 59802

Accommodations

Although the in-person conference has been cancelled; you may still use your hotel reservation If you wish. If your hotel reservation was at the Holiday Inn, their hotel staff will contact you to see if you wish to keep the reservation. If your hotel reservation was with the Doubletree, you can decide to keep or cancel that reservation at your choosing.

Holiday Inn Missoula Downtown
There is limited availability at the Holiday Inn. Reserve early to guarantee your room. Centrally located park-side along the Clark Fork River – just steps from vibrant shopping, nightlife, and entertainment. With the best location and superior conference service support, groups and guests are guaranteed a distinctive Missoula experience.
For General NAISMA Reservations:
  • Click on the link below, and change the dates of arrival to 9/26/21.
  • NAISMA 2021 General Booking Link
  • For phone reservations, our Front Desk is available 24/7 at 406-721-8550. Please reference group code: NA1
For Government NAISMA Reservations:
  • Click on the link below, and change the dates of arrival to 9/26/21.
  • NAISMA 2021 Government Booking Link
  • For phone reservations, our Front Desk is available 24/7 at 406-721-8550. Please reference group code: NA2
Holiday Inn Missoula Downtown offers a free shuttle from the Missoula (MSO) airport. Call in advance to the hotel to arrange your airport pick up when you have made your flight arrangements.
Doubletree by Hilton – Downtown Missoula
An additional hotel block is available at the Doubletree Missoula, just 6 blocks away from the conference hotel with beautiful vistas of the Fork River. This property provides free parking and warm chocolate chip cookies at check in!

Agenda Details

You will find up-to-date agenda details on the online platform. You can access the conference in two ways: through the website or by using the phone app

At-A-Glance Agenda

Diversity and Equity Scholarships

NAISMA supports a culture of inclusion through all of our programs, communications, and work to support invasive species managers who work to improve biodiversity every day.

Past environment and conservation leaders have not always created equitable opportunities for people who are Black, Indigenous, or Persons of Color (BIPOC). Addressing the challenges of invasive species now and in the future will require multidisciplinary and multicultural collaboration to the fullest extent possible. To that end, NAISMA aims to connect its support for invasive species managers alongside civil rights. 

NAISMA’s Annual Conference Diversity and Equity Scholarship was founded to foster more inclusive exchanges among invasive species managers, outreach professionals, researchers and other professionals who work with invasive species, as well as provide professional development opportunities for emerging BIPOC leaders in natural resources.

The Scholarship Provides:

Nomination Criteria:

  • nominate self-identifying BIPOC individuals who work with invasive species
  • self-nomination is accepted
  • in 2021, we are not asking recipients to give a presentation
  • applicants do not have to be current NAISMA members
  • applicants may be invited to discuss how NAISMA can support more diversity and inclusion in invasive species management

 

Diversity and Inclusion Scholarship

  • This information will assist us in identifying opportunities for improvement in the invasive species field.
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Call for Abstracts

The 2021 North American Invasive Species Management Association Conference’s theme is Transboundary Cooperation.

Abstracts for 2021 are due by Friday, April 30th at 11:59 p.m. CST. 

Exhibitor & Sponsor Opportunities

The 2021 NAISMA Annual Conference is the organization’s 28th Annual Conference and will be co-hosted with the Montana Invasive Species Council.

The virtual 2021 Conference will provide exhibitor and sponsor networking including one-on-one meetings and sponsor recognition opportunities. We expect nearly 500 attendees from a range of backgrounds in invasive species management from across the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and beyond.

As the most-comprehensive, all-taxa, international invasive species conference in North America, this year’s conference sessions will highlight transboundary cooperation.

The program includes various opportunities to connect with the invasive species management community.

For more information, please email Belle Bergner at .

Frequently Asked Questions

NAISMA hosts the only conference to bridge geographic divides in invasive species management 

Attending a NAISMA conference is your opportunity to network with leaders in the invasive species field 

  • No, anyone can register and attend the annual conference. NAISMA members receive approximately 10% off the annual conference registration fee.
  • All invasive species management concerns are considered during the development of each conference agenda. The focus or theme each year shifts depending on the strengths, uniqueness, and new invasive species concerns are present in the region that the conference is held.

We encourage organizations and agencies to click this link to join NAISMA as a partner organization, which provides discounts for multiple staff plus additional benefits to your organization. Once enrolled, you will assign individual staff as NAISMA members within your partner organization so that they receive a discount link through our Members’ Area.

Virtual Attendance at the Conference FAQ

All of the following will be live during the event:
  • A plenary presentation followed by live Q&A with the keynote speaker.
  • Four (4) concurrent, live sessions in the morning and four (4) in the afternoon.
  • Q & A during all sessions.
  • Video networking breaks at least twice a day.
  • Text-based messaging directly with attendees and speakers throughout the conference.
  • Exhibits to learn more about invasive species management products and services.

    screenshot of NAISMA conference schedule
    The Schedule is interactive. Click on the session you want to enter and the presenter’s screen will appear on the conference platform on the same webpage. You won’t have to click between different browser windows or Zoom or any other platform. Everything will exist in the conference main window.
Within 1 week after the conference, all presentations (talks and posters) will be available as pre-recorded sessions. Attendees will be able to view presentations as their time allows for at least 3 months after the conference meeting dates.
Oral and poster presentations will be presented live in our virtual conference platform at the time of the session. If you are familiar with Zoom or GoToWebinar, it will be very similar. You will be able to jump in between sessions without having to log in to a separate platform.
Yes! Live interaction will be facilitated in 5 different ways.
  1. An Activity Stream on the virtual conference “town hall” where attendees can post their reactions to presentations, new ideas generated, and questions for other attendees.
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    This is the main virtual conference center called “Town Hall”. This is what you see when you enter the conference and is where you’ll find all of the features of the event.
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    The Activity stream is where attendees are welcome to post comments, reactions to presentations or sessions, highlight lessons learned, new ideas, an more.
  2. A moderator will facilitate a Q&A in every session.
  3. Live networking breaks between sessions
  4. Poster presentations will be live sessions with poster presenters
  5. Attendees will also be able to communicate through private messages to other attendees and speakers.


    Click on the Community or Speaker icons to message attendees or speakers directly, right in the conference platform. They’ll see your message right away and you can start chatting 1 on 1 just as if you were in a session room together!