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Leaps and Bounds – How to Jump over the Barriers to Preventing the Spread of Invasive Species

September 16th at 1:00 pm CT

Presented by: Ken Donnelly, Beyond Attitude Consulting

Webinar participants will learn how to develop strategies that will break down the barriers to preventing actions that prevent the spread of Aquatic Invasive Species. We will base the approach on the barriers as determined by 2019 research in Minnesota.
Ken Donnelly is the President of Beyond Attitude Consulting Inc., an international consulting firm headquartered in Nova Scotia, Canada. Ken has been working with government and non-governmental organizations on sustainability issues for over 30 years. Ken specializes in nurturing sustainable behaviors. He is an international speaker and trainer, and publisher of a weekly newsletter distributed around the world.


For the past 10 years Ken has worked with clients in Canada and the USA to stop the spread of invasive species. The approach is to improve prevention programs through the application of behavioral psychology to change human behavior and improve systems.

Pre-approved for the following continuing education programs:
1 CEU (Management, Climber Specialist, Certified Arborist, Utility Specialist, Municipal Specialist, Aerial Lift)
1 CFE (Category 1)

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Biocontrol Summit

October 28th, 10:00 – 2:00 pm CT

Presented by: the NAISMA Biocontrol Committee

The NAISMA Biocontrol Committee invites you to join the annual North American Weed Biocontrol Summit scheduled for Wednesday, October 28th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. CT.  This summit will bring together weed biocontrol researchers and land managers to share the status of biocontrol research and implementation programs from various regions across the U.S. and Canada as well as updates from our European and other international collaborators.

Preliminary agenda for the

North American Weed Biocontrol Summit 

Wednesday October 28th, 2020

11:00 – 3:30 EST

11:00 Opening and introductions

11:15: Updates from European partners

11:45 Updates from the Northeast/Midwest

12:15 Updates from the Southeast

12:45 Break

1:00 Updates from Canada

1:30 Updates from the West/Southwest

2:00 Updates and discussion on various tools, programs and policies related to Biocontrol in the  US and Canada

2:45 Wrap up and planning for next summit

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The ABCs of Invasive Species Organizations and How They Work Together

November 18th at 1:00 pm CT

Presented by: Chuck Bargeron

Sometimes invasive species organizations can be as invasive as the organizations that they are trying to protect us from and educate us about. This presentation will give an overview of the major national organizations and what their individual focus is. It will highlight their scope, membership and the taxa that they concentration on.

Chuck Bargeron is the Director of the University of Georgia, Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health and a faculty member in the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources and College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Chuck has been with UGA for 21 years where his work focuses on invasive species and information technology. Websites that he designed have received over 1.7 billion hits since 2002. Recently, Chuck has focused on mapping invasive species and tools for Early Detection and Rapid Response. He has led the development of 66 smartphone applications including the first apps for the U.S. Forest Service and National Park Service. He was appointed to the National Invasive Species Advisory Council in 2013 and elected as Chair in 2018. Chuck is President-Elect of the North American Invasive Species Management Association.


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Invasive Species Organizations and Regulations 

  • The ABCs of Invasive Species Organizations
  • National Park Service: Integrating Partnerships, Prevention, and Management of Invasive Species
  • What is The National Invasive Species Council?
  • Regulations That Apply to Moving Firewood Right Now

Invasive Species Outreach

  • EmpowerU! Learn How to Help Your Audience Engage Decision Makers
  • Invasive Species Prevention Outreach Brands and How to Use Them
  • PlayCleanGo: Stop Invasive Species in Your Tracks
  • Applying Behavioral Psychology to Stop Invasive Species
  • How to Achieve Communication Goals for Reducing the Spread of Invasive Species

Invasive Species Prevention Tools

  • NAISMA’s Weed Free Forage and Gravel Certification
  • Bridging the Gap Between Invasive Species Research and Management
  • How To Build a Boot Brush Station
  • Boot Brush Stations: Are They an Effective Tool for Preventing Invasive Species and Raising Awareness?
  • Meet the New EDDMaps One
  • Eyes in the Sky: New Remote Sensing Technologies to Detect Invasion

Aquatic Invasive Species Preventions and Management

  • Successful Aquatic Plant Management Strategies Across the United States
  • Catching the “Unicorn :” Using Public, Private and Non Profit Partnerships to Help Tackle Aquatic Invasive Species
  • An Overview of Watercraft Inspection and Decontamination Programs Across the United States
  • Pathways, Coordination, and Legislation Update of Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention
  • Challenges and New Technology for Managing Invasive Fish

Terrestrial Invasive Species Identification and Management

  • Public Gardens as Sentinels Against Invasive Plants
  • Treatment Techniques for Woody Invasive Species in the U.S.
  • Pest Risk Analysis and the Prevention of Biological Invasions
  • Overcoming Triclopyr Confusion: Safety, Efficacy, and Selectivity Issues for Applicators
  • Invasive Species in North America — Update
  • Invasive Bark and Ambrosia Beetles: Impacts and Detection
  • Ornamental Invasive Plants
  • The Curious Case of the Callery Pear
  • Investigating the Health Effects of Glyphosate


Recordings of ALL previous webinars are available to current members in the Members’ Area

An Overview of Watercraft Inspection and Decontamination Programs Across the United States

January 15th at 1:00 pm CST

Presented by: Elizabeth Brown, Colorado Parks and Wildlife and Chair, Western Regional Panel on Aquatic Nuisance Species

The recording of this webinar is now available to members.

Elizabeth will provide an overview of watercraft inspection and decontamination (WID) programs across the United States. She will begin by describing the history of invasive mussels and evolution of WID in the Western U.S., which will include summarizing the National Legal Framework for State Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Programs, operational standards for managers, and data sharing. She will provide a summary of the various WID types and models in use and their associated purposes. Finally, Elizabeth will explain the foundational elements of the Colorado program, including risk assessment, and will demonstrate how other governments non-governmental organizations and industry partners can engage to stop the spread of invasive mussels and other AIS by managing the watercraft vector.

Elizabeth Brown

Elizabeth Brown has been working on invasive species management for twenty years and has served as the Invasive Species Program Manager with Colorado Parks and Wildlife since 2008. Previously, she served as the Stewardship Coordinator for Colorado State Parks and the Early Detection Rapid Response Specialist for the Colorado Noxious Weed Program. Elizabeth’s current duties focus on aquatic invasive species, including watercraft inspection and decontamination, sampling, monitoring, education, outreach and policy. Elizabeth also operates a laboratory that provides identification of aquatic plants, molluscs and crustaceans. Elizabeth also coordinates terrestrial invasive species plant and animal management within Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

Risk Analysis Framework and Overcoming Roadblocks to Implementation

February 19th at 1:00 pm CST

Presented by: Deah Lieurance, University of Florida

Pest risk analysis (PRA) is the process of evaluating biological or other scientific and economic evidence to determine whether a pest should be regulated and the strength of any phytosanitary measures to be taken against it. In the world of invasive plant species management, PRA is used to identify high risk non-native plants as early as possible, thus reducing environmental and economic impacts. In Florida, these detrimental ecological and economic impacts are especially evident in heavily invaded ecosystems. Preventing high-risk species from being introduced into natural areas and managing invasive species early in the invasion process can reduce these effects. To identify plant species most likely to invade and cause damage in Florida’s natural areas, the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) developed “The UF/IFAS Assessment of Non-Native Plants in Florida’s Natural Areas.” The IFAS Assessment utilizes risk assessment protocols to evaluate the status of non-native species either present in the state or prior to introduction. The goal of the IFAS Assessment is to provide reliable, comprehensive recommendations for the use of non-native plant species. Results are accessible through an interactive, searchable website that can be filtered by geographical zone, conclusion type, origin, and growth habit. Currently, conclusions are available for approximately 900 species.

Deah Lieurance

Deah Lieurance is an Extension Scientist and coordinator of the University of Florida, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences’ Assessment of Non-native plants (IFAS Assessment). Since joining UF, she has used risk assessment and non-native plant screening tools to evaluate over 200 species providing guidance for the use of non-native plants in Florida. These results are used to guide policy at the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS), prioritize invasive plant management by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, and inform university decisions regarding the release of cultivars developed at UF. Deah received her Ph.D. from Wright State University in 2012 studying plant-herbivore interactions and the chemical ecology of native and non-native honeysuckle species. She also spent 3 years in Ft. Lauderdale at the USDA Invasive Plant Research Laboratory participating in research on the biocontrol of Melaleuca and Brazillian peppertree. She is a new NAISMA board member where she is chairing the Standards and Technology committee and the incoming chair of the Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council.

NISAW Advocacy and Education Webinars 

All webinars are open to the public. 

Any member of the public can register for a webinar and view it when it is live. Learn more about the National Invasive Species Awareness Week.

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. CST

The National Invasive Species Council (NISC) was established to provide the vision and leadership to coordinate, sustain, and expand federal efforts to safeguard the U.S. from invasive species and their impacts. Over the past year, NISC has worked to reenvision itself institutionally and programmatically through the development of terms of reference and a new FY2020 Work Plan. These guidance documents focus on NISC’s high-level, whole-of-government perspective and direct the efforts of NISC staff toward convening and coordination to leverage existing efforts and amplify the federal impact in the fight against invasive species. In highlighting these efforts, this webinar will review NISC’s coordination mechanisms, its current thematic priorities, and efforts to engage with non-federal stakeholders. In addition to the presentation from NISC staff, senior advisers from the three NISC Co-Chair agencies will provide their perspectives on these federal coordination activities.
  • Stas Burgiel, NISC Executive Director
  • Jeff Morisette, NISC Chief Scientist
  • Hilary Smith, Department of the Interior, Senior Adviser for Invasive Species
  • Phil Andreozzi, US Department of Agriculture, Invasive Species Coordinator
  • Jeanette Davis, Department of Commerce/National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, Ocean Science Policy Adviser


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1:00 – 2:30 p.m. CST

Sponsored by the Washington Invasive Species Council

Vectors and patterns of freshwater fish introductions across the United States over time.

There are numerous vectors for introducing and spreading aquatic species, which may vary in importance and impact both spatially and temporally due to a variety of factors including species’ biology, human behavior, demography, and geopolitical issues. Here I will examine spatial and temporal change in vectors of fish introductions in the United States. Most vectors have shown a general increase in number of species introduced over time. Sanctioned (i.e., stocking by natural resource agencies) and non-sanctioned (i.e., aquarium dumping) intentional releases have historically been the major vectors of fish introduction over time. Vectors show differential geographic importance, with stocking more prevalent in western states and non-sanctioned release in the southeast. Governmental policy changes (e.g., ballast water regulations, natural resource management practices) and heightened awareness and education about impacts of introduced species may be driving a recent reduction in number of introduced species.

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1:00 – 2:00 p.m. CST

Leigh Greenwood

The Nature Conservancy

The regulations that apply to firewood are often not entirely about the firewood itself, which makes it hard to fully categorize and understand the tangled web of rules and quarantines in North America. This webinar was first presented in 2018 and was so popular that it has become an annual tradition (as the regulations do change fairly often!). During this presentation, the manager of Don’t Move Firewood, Leigh Greenwood, will describe all the different ways in which current regulations criss-cross to create a confusing, and fascinating, regulatory landscape. This year, she’ll include the hot topic of the potential deregulation of emerald ash borer as well- and how that might interface with existing and/or new state based regulations. As always, she’ll do her best to accurately represent the scope of a whole continent’s rules and regulations in just one action-packed hour.


Leigh has worked for The Nature Conservancy since December 2007. Her work focuses on bringing multiple stakeholders together to achieve common goals in Forest Health, including: managing the Don’t Move Firewood campaign, convening the Continental Dialogue on Non-native Forest Insects and Diseases, and working to improve the international biosecurity measures in place for solid wood packaging. Leigh’s leadership of the Don’t Move Firewood campaign has led to its being widely regarded as one of the most innovative public outreach arms of The Nature Conservancy. Leigh earned her B.A. in Biology at Williams College and her M.S. in Wildlife Biology at the University of Montana in Missoula, where she studied the intersection of native wildlife and invasive plants.

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1:00 – 2:00 p.m. CST

Stephen Enloe

University of Florida

Triclopyr is an auxin type herbicide that is widely used for invasive plant control in aquatic and upland systems.  Historically, there have been two formulations, an ester and an amine, which have generally separate but occasionally overlapping use patterns. This has resulted in confusion among many land managers on what triclopyr formulation to use. Recent advances in triclopyr technology may exacerbate this issue as two additional triclopyr formulations, an acid and a choline have become available. This talk will help land managers overcome triclopyr formulation confusion and provide clear technical specifications on the similarities, differences, and label use patterns of the four formulations.



Dr. Stephen Enloe is an Associate Professor in the Agronomy Department and has been housed at the IFAS Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants in Gainesville, Florida since 2015. Dr. Enloe earned his Ph.D. in 2002 at the University of California Davis in Plant Biology. He has been involved with invasive plant research and extension for the past 17 years. His research and extension programs are divided between aquatic and upland invasive plant biology, ecology, and management. 

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1:00 – 2:30 p.m. CST

Dan Wixted, Cornell Pesticide Management Education Program

Anthony Hay, Cornell Department of Microbiology

Glyphosate (the active ingredient in herbicides such as “Roundup®” and other weed control formulations) has been much in the news in today’s world of social media and 24-hour news cycles. Are you hearing conflicting and confusing information about exposure, toxicity and its health effects as you try to stay abreast of the recent science? Join Dr. Anthony Hay from Cornell University’s Department of Microbiology and Dan Wixted of Cornell’s Pesticide Management Education Program (PMEP) as they separate the wheat from the chaff. Their presentation will give an overview of current science-based discussions about exposure, toxicity and health effects. They will also provide some background on basic principles in toxicology and pesticide registration to round out your understanding of the current information.


Since 2002, Dan Wixted has been an Extension Support Specialist with Cornell’s Pesticide Management Education Program after having spent 11 years in a similar capacity with Wisconsin’s program. In addition to developing pesticide applicator certification training manuals and exams, Dan provides information and outreach support to Cornell researchers investigating the environmental fate and health effects of glyphosate as well as pesticide effects on pollinators, the latter earning him a share of the Outstanding Accomplishment in Extension award as part of Cornell’s Pollinator Health Team. He’s a member of New York State’s Community IPM Coordinating Council, has served on EPA’s Certification and Training Assessment Group, and has been named a Fellow of the American Association of Pesticide Safety Educators.

Dr. Anthony Hay is an Associate Professor in Cornell’s Department of Microbiology. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California. Part of his research program has involved joining several others at Cornell who have been looking into various aspects of the environmental fate and potential health effects of glyphosate.

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1:00 – 2:00 p.m. CST

Robert Walters
Robert Walters will provide a brief overview of the AIS of highest concern and corresponding management strategies. The presentation will focus on pathway management for high priority species, including successes, challenges, and gaps. Robert will provide a summary of multi-jurisdictional coordination efforts that are ongoing, in addition to public-private partnerships.  Finally, Robert will discuss key legislation that supports AIS prevention and management efforts.

Robert Walters has served in the Invasive Species Program for Colorado Parks and Wildlife since 2012.  Robert’s main duties are centered around managing the largest mandatory watercraft inspection and decontamination (WID) network in the nation to prevent the introduction of zebra and quagga mussels and other aquatic invasive species (AIS) into the nation’s headwaters. Robert is also the Chair of the Western Regional Panel’s WID Think Tank Committee and is the manager of the Regional WID Data Sharing System. Prior to working for CPW, Robert worked in mosquito control and noxious weed management.

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Individual plant treatment techniques for woody invasive species in the US

March 18th at 1:00 pm CST

Presented by: Stephen Enloe, University of Florida

Individual plant treatment (IPT) approaches are widely used for invasive plant management across the United states. However, there can be tremendous variation in IPT methods and approaches that can result in sub-optimal control of many troublesome species. This seminar will present a deep dive on the technical aspects of IPT for cut stump, hack and squirt, and basal bark approaches to woody invasive plant control. Participants will gain a clear understanding of these techniques and be able to successfully implement them across a range of woody invasive plants.

Dr. Enloe has been involved with invasive plant research and extension for the past 20 years. He has worked throughout the western and southeastern United States, including California, Colorado, Wyoming, Alabama, and now Florida. Over the last decade, Dr. Enloe has worked extensively on cogongrass, Brazilian peppertree, Chinese privet, Chinese tallowtree, Old World climbing fern, and a host of other invasive plants. Dr. Enloe earned his Ph.D. at UC Davis in Plant Biology under Joe DiTomaso, a Master’s degree in weed science from Colorado State University under Scott Nissen, and an undergraduate degree in Agronomy from NC State. 

Earth Month Webinars 

All webinars are open to the public. 

Join us every Wednesday from 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Central Time during the month of April for a special webinar series to support your professional development.

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. CST

Presented by Chris Evans, University of Illinois

Invasive plants are a serious issue in North America. Many of our worst invasive plants were first introduced intentionally as ornamental plants. This webinar will discuss why some plants end up becoming invasive, why some invaders are still in the ornamental trade, and give recommendations on how professionals and landowners can influence the surrounding natural landscapes through their planning decisions.
Chris Evans is an Extension Forester and Research Specialist with the University of Illinois. A focus of his research and extension activities is invasive species management and forest health. Chris is currently on the board of directors for the North American Invasive Species Management Association (NAISMA) and the Midwest Invasive Plant Network, former vice president of the National Association of Exotic Pest Plant Councils and former chair of the Illinois Invasive Plant Species Council.

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. CST

Presented by: Dr. Dave Coyle, Clemson University

Callery pear (Pyrus calleryana) is one of the most common invasive species in the U.S. Brought to the U.S. over a century ago to help combat fire blight in the pear industry, every spring it’s prolific white blossoms are visible along roadsides, in old fields, and in vacant urban and suburban lots. More recently, Callery pear is starting to encroach into natural and managed forests. Callery pear comes, in part, from P. calleryana cultivars like Bradford, Aristocrat, Cleveland Select, and others. Management is difficult, as Callery pear is covered in strong, woody thorns and forms dense patches that eliminates competing vegetation. On this webinar we’ll discuss Callery pear’s history, ecology, use in landscapes, and management methods.

Dr. Dave Coyle is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Forestry and Environmental Conservation at Clemson University. His Extension Forestry program focuses on forest and tree health and invasive species management in forests and managed landscapes across the Southeast. Dave is President of the North American Invasive Species Management Association, is on the Advisory Committee for the South Carolina Exotic Plant Pest Council and South Carolina Invasive Species Advisory Committee, and is Co-Director of ProForest (a group focused on preventative management of invasive species) based at the University of Florida. You can find Dave’s forest health outreach work on Twitter (@drdavecoyle) or Instagram (drdavecoyle) where he regularly posts about invasive pests and all things related to trees.

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. CST

Presented by: Robert (Bob) Rabaglia, USDA – Forest Service

Bark and ambrosia beetles are one of the most commonly intercepted groups of insects at US ports, and one of the most commonly established non-native species across the country. Although most of the more than 60 species of non-native bark and ambrosia beetles established in the US are not severely impacting US forests and trees, some species have had significant impacts. This webinar will highlight some of these species, and discuss what they have in common. The US Forest Service program of early detection of these potentially damaging species will also be discussed.

Robert (Bob) Rabaglia is currently National Entomologist for US Forest Service, Forest Health Protection in Washington DC.  He has been with the Forest Service since 2005 and coordinates national forest insect projects across the country.  He coordinates national funding and policy for projects such as, early detection/rapid response, gypsy moth, southern pine beetle and hemlock woolly adelgid. Prior to joining the Forest Service, he was forest entomologist in Maryland for 18 years. He received his MS and PhD degrees in entomology from the State University of New York, College of Environmental Science & Forestry in Syracuse, NY.

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. CST

Presented by: Chuck Bargeron, University of Georgia

EDDMapS, North America’s leading resource for reporting occurrences of invasive species, is getting its biggest update in over a decade. Whereas previous iterations of the EDDMapS website and smartphone applications focused on regional needs (and, thus, regional versions of each existed), the new EDDMapS One unifies regions into one collective website and app. Concurrent to this, the EDDMapS API has also been redesigned for improved performance, increased usability, and easier implementation with a broader user base. This will allow for easier and more precise data sharing among individual users and aggregate databases alike.
EDDMapS has been a resource for invasive species occurrence data since 2005. In this time, EDDMapS has grown from a citizen science database focused on invasive plant data in the southeast to an aggregate database soliciting data on all invasive species taxa and biological control agents across the US and into Canada. As technology has advanced, it has allowed for more features and tools to be developed and made available to EDDMapS’ partners. 
This webinar will:
  • give an overview of EDDMapS history and capabilities
  • instruct participants on how to access EDDMapS One on their browser and smartphone
  • answer questions about merging data from multiple platforms

Chuck Bargeron is the Director of the University of Georgia, Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health and a faculty member in the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources and College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Chuck has been with UGA for 21 years where his work focuses on invasive species and information technology. Websites that he designed have received over 1.7 billion hits since 2002. Recently, Chuck has focused on mapping invasive species and tools for Early Detection and Rapid Response. He has led the development of 66 smartphone applications including the first apps for the U.S. Forest Service and National Park Service. He was appointed to the National Invasive Species Advisory Council in 2013 and elected as Chair in 2018. Chuck is President-Elect of the North American Invasive Species Management Association.

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. CST

Presented by: Dan Tekiela, University of Wyoming

Prevention and Early Detection Rapid Response (EDRR) methods have been shown in countless scenarios to be effective strategies to reduce the spread and impact of invasive species. However, the needed “eyes on the ground” to properly monitor the vast landscapes of North America is not economically viable. Because of this challenge, many invasions go undetected for multiple years and become too established for eradication to be a reasonable goal.

One way to optimize the detection of invasions is by monitoring more area in less time utilizing remote sensing. In the recent past, remote sensing technologies have become more sophisticated yet more accessible to the general public. Can these remote sensing technologies be used by land managers to more easily and efficiently detect nascent invasions ad is this something you may be able to utilize in the near future? In this webinar, we will cover:

  • different remote sensing technologies
  • the platforms they can be utilized with
  • and their possible applications in invasive plant management

Dan Tekiela received his B.S. in Natural Resources and Environmental Science from the University of Illinois. During that time, he also worked as an invasive plant management technician for a private company managing plant invasions across the mid-atlantic region. He then received his Ph.D. in Invasion Ecology at Virginia Tech while working on quantifying the ecological impacts of invasive plants. He then joined the faculty at the University of Wyoming in 2016 as an assistant professor and state invasive plant extension specialist. Dan’s research and extension program aims to develop tools to assist in both better prediction and detection of new invasions, identify ways to foster healthy plant communities that are resistant to invasion, quantify the ecological and economic impacts of invasive plants, and create management and prioritization tools to reduce the negative impacts imposed by plant invasions.

NISAW Part II Webinars

All webinars are open to the public. 

Join 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. CST for a special webinar series to support your professional development.

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. CST

Presented by:

  • Belle Bergner and Krista Lutzke – North American Invasive Species Management Association
  • Tim Campbell – University of Wisconsin-Sea Grant Institute, University of Wisconsin- Madison Extension, WI Department of Natural Resrouces. 
  • Leigh Greenwood – The Nature Conservancy

Do you run an invasive species prevention or education program – or are looking to start one? Are you confused about the many existing brands, logos, and messages and how you can most effectively use them?

This webinar will:

  • teach you the the behavior change foundations and strategy behind the leading invasive species prevention campaigns including PlayCleanGo, Don’t Move Firewood, and Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers!
  • show you how the brands can be used together to enhance the likelihood of achieving behavior change.
  • describe how each major campaign interfaces with national and international efforts.
  • and how you can customize FREE, turnkey outreach materials with your organization’s logo and messaging.

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. CST

Presented by Angela Gupta, University of Minnesota – Extension

The University of Minnesota Extension is delighted to offer the newly revised and nationally piloted EmpowerU! Advocating Invasive Species or Natural Resource Management program content for free to institutions interested in delivering this flipped classroom and in-person material. This presentation will outline two new curricula that offer leadership and advocacy skills to Extension volunteer and landowner audiences. EmpowerU is a newly developed curriculum to enable master volunteers, citizen scientists, landowners and others interested in natural resources to effectively engage decision makers at all levels. Do you have passionate program participants who are frustrated with adjacent landowners, township, county or state officials and don’t know how to initiate meaningful policy change? If so, this curriculum might be a great advanced training for your audience. 

After one year of revision and pilot implementation in seven states, we know from evaluation data that participants are extremely satisfied and find value in both the online and in-person activities. One participant said it “changed my life,” another felt “much more qualified to build and present a strong case for advocacy around environmental concerns”, and one reported on a later follow-up evaluation that she was able to work across property lines to manage a healthy stand of invasive crown vetch next to a newly-planted prairie after completing the course.

Angela Gupta is a University of Minnesota Extension Professor of Forestry in Rochester, MN. Angela’s been with UMN Extension for 15 years as a traditional forestry education and has focused on invasive species for the last 11 years. She leads the UMN Extension Invasive Species Community of Practice, EmpowerU and the Forest Pest First Detector program. Angela has a BS in Forestry from the University of Kentucky and a MA in Organizational Management from Spring Arbor University. Before joining Extension she worked as a District Forester for Louisiana-Pacific in Alpena, MN and was a US Peace Corps Agroforestry Extensionist in Kenya, East Africa.

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. CST

Presented by Kurt Dreiselker, Morton Arboretum

Public gardens can fulfill an important role in society by acting as sentinels for new invasive plants, particularly since many invasive plants originate from horticulture. This can be accomplished by collecting, synthesizing, and sharing data about how taxa spread from their original sites of cultivation into adjacent areas of their property. These data can be much more impactful if collected, structured, and shared using a common methodology. To this end, the Public Gardens as Sentinels against Invasive Plants working group has developed recommended guidelines to help gardens organize and share their data from their collections to characterize when plants escape from cultivation. PGSIP has also developed a database for gardens to upload and access information about plants spreading from cultivation. By collecting data from gardens across North America, PGSIP hopes to be able to provide a clear picture about plants escaping cultivation and potentially becoming problematic before large-scale invasions occur and before commercial adoption of these taxa into the broader horticulture industry.


1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. CST

Presented by Robert J. Richardson, North Carolina State University

Invasive aquatic plants can have numerous negative impacts to waterbodies across the US. Frequently, management is needed in order to mitigate these impacts. Major management techniques include biological controls, cultural practices, herbicides, mechanical tools, nutrient management, prevention, and others. None of these techniques fit every site or every invasive aquatic plant. Specific tools must be selected to provide the best control of the target weed, while limiting impact to non-target organisms and protected the intended uses of the waterbody. This presentation will review some successful management strategies and discuss how the specific management techniques were selected and implemented as well as outcomes of the full management program.

Rob Richardson conducts research and extension related to aquatic plant management at North Carolina State University. He is a Past President of the Aquatic Plant Management Society and Past Editor of the Journal of Aquatic Plant Management. He currently serves as a Board of Directors Member for the Weed Science Society of America and serves as a subject matter expert to U.S. EPA on aquatic plant management.


Making Educational Signage that People Actually Read, According to the Experts

June 17th at 1:00 pm CT

Presented by: Forest Eidbo, Minnesota DNR

Interpretive signage is the dominant medium of education at most parks and protected areas. While many studies examine how visitors read signage, none have looked at how professionals write them. Using existing literature as a framework, this presentation outlines best practices from experts in the field on how to produce interpretive text. Through two online surveys to interpretive planners, this study collects the opinions on the use of questions, personal pronouns, figurative language, audience and more. The results from the two rounds of surveying produced 12 recommendations for interpretive writers to create signs like experts.

Forest Eidbo is the Terrestrial Invasive Species Prevention Specialist for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resource Division of Forestry. He worked as park ranger for the Army Corps of Engineers and National Park Service before coming to the DNR. He holds a master’s of science in natural resource science and management where he focused on developing effective signage strategies for managing visitors to public lands.

Invasive Forest Pests in the U.S.: Impacts and Policy Solutions

July 15th at 1:00 pm CT

Presented by: Gary Lovett, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Science

Invasive forest pests and pathogens, imported as an unwanted byproduct of international trade, are one of the most severe and underappreciated threats to the health of US forests. This webinar will describe the extent of the problem, summarize the ecological and economic impacts of invasive pests in the U.S., and propose policy solutions to prevent new pests from entering the country.

Dr. Gary Lovett is a Senior Scientist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook, NY.  He received a bachelor’s degree in biology from Union College and a Ph.D. in biology from Dartmouth College.  Gary’s research focuses primarily on the effects of air pollution, climate change and invasive insects and diseases on forests. He is the author of over 140 scientific publications and editor of two books, and has been elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He has recently led a team of scientists in an initiative to summarize the science on the impacts of forest pests, and link the science to policy solutions.

How Biocontrol Agents are Approved and How to Access Them for Your Invasive Species Management Needs

August 19th at 1:00 pm CST

Presented by: Joseph Milan, Bureau of Land Management and John Kaltenbach, Colorado Department of Agriculture

Classical biological control of weeds is an important management tool to control invasive species across large landscapes. This webinar intends to provide a brief history of biocontrol to include the processes in place for testing, screening, evaluating, and approving introductions in the U.S. Additionally, accessibility of these agents for private landowners and government agencies will be discussed to include generalities of that process, where they might go to collect biological control agents, tools to identify agents that have proven to be successful in providing management of certain species, and what new ideas are available that landowners may be unaware of.

Participants will:

  • have a greater understanding of the process involved in testing and permitting biological control agents in the U.S.
  • learn which agents they can use to combat their invasive species problem and how they can obtain them in addition to several tools that can be used to aid them in the process


John Kaltenbach, Biological Control Specialist, Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA). John has been with the CDA for 12 years, the last 6 years with the Palisade Insectary Biological Control Program. John is the director of Front Range operations for the Insectary and works mainly in the Front Range and eastern Colorado areas. The Insectary imports, rears, establishes, and colonizes new beneficial organisms for control of specific plant and insect pests and evaluates their effectiveness. John has a B.S. in Entomology from the University of Wyoming and 3 years post-graduate education at the University of Arizona. He has 30 years of experience working in entomology, including plant pest management, regulation and control with USDA, APHIS, PPQ; as an Entomology Research Assistant at the University of Arizona and University of Wyoming; two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer promoting and implementing Integrated Pest Management in Guatemala. John is a member of NAISMA and Colorado’s Emerald Ash Borer Response Team. 

Joseph “Joey” Milan is a Boise, Idaho native.  Joey graduated from the College of Idaho with a BS in Biology and the University of Idaho where he completed his MS in Entomology.  Upon completion of his MS, Joey began working at his present position as a Biological Control Specialist with the BLM.  At his present post, he serves as the interagency coordinator for biological control, assisting weed control practitioners in their Integrated Weed Management approach by providing technical assistance and monitoring of past releases as well as organizing new collections and additional potential release sites.

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