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Racial Equity & Environmentalism

August 18, 1 p.m. CT

Presented by: August M. Ball, Cream City Conservation. 

Join August M. Ball, founder, and CEO of Cream City Conservation as she outlines how compounded disparities impact communities of color in every corner of society.  Be it socio-economic, political, educational, health, etc. communities of color remain disproportionately impacted by environmental hazards yet grossly under-represented in spaces that hold key decision-making power related to conservation and sustainability. This presentation will provide the history of the construction of race, (a key component in driving these inequities), while also examining environmental policies that have had a layered impact on the environmental movement and contributed to the racial homogeneity we see today.  The goal of this presentation is to help participants understand why these inequities exist and develop shared language for how to discuss these issues and interrogate the intricate relationship between race and institutional outcomes.

August M. Ball, founder of Cream City Conservation. Her two-prong social enterprise helps organizations institute strategies that attract and retain top talent from diverse candidate pools, making their workforce stronger, smarter and their programs more sustainable and relevant. Simultaneously, Cream City Conservation Corps cultivates the next generation of land stewards by engaging traditionally underrepresented youth in environmental career pathways. With over 15 years of program management and design experience, August has connected thousands of youth and young adults to hands-on service to public lands, outdoor recreation and first time employment experiences.

Approved for the following continuing education credits: 

Soil & Water Management: 1
Soil & Water Management: 1
BCMA Science: 1; Climber Specialist: 1; Certified Arborist: 1; Utility Specialist: 1; Municipal Specialist: 1; Aerial Lift: 1
Management: 1, Climber Specialist: 1, Certified Arborist: 1, Utility Specialist: 1, Municipal Specialist: 1, Aerial Lift: 1
Category 1: 1 unit
Category 1: 1 unit

Flowering Rush Biology, Management, and Control

September 15, 1 p.m. CT

Presented by: Dr. John Madsen, USDA

Forestry BMPs for Invasive Species

October 20, 1 p.m. CT

Presented by: Bernie Williams, Plant Pest and Disease Specialist, Division of Forestry – Forest Health, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

USGS and USFWS collaborative project to conduct a national horizon scan for organisms in trade

November 17, 1 p.m. CT

Presented by: Wes Daniel, USGS

Invasive species are one of the greatest threats to the United States (U.S.) biodiversity and have cost the U.S. over $120 billion in damages each year (Pimental et al. 2005). The impacts of invasive species range in size and scope from small-scale and localized up to broad shifts in ecosystem function and can influence economically essential species and those of conservation concern alike. The consequences of an invasion include not only degradation of the natural ecosystem but also economic repercussions and effects on human and wildlife health in the invaded areas.

The focus of this project is to conduct a global horizon scan to help identify alien vertebrate species within the Organisms in Trade Pathway at greatest risk of entering the country, establishing populations, and becoming invasive in the U.S. Our work will address arrival, establishment, and impact via consideration of propagule pressure, climatic similarity to occupied range, and prior invasion history of the focal species and its relatives, respectively.
The approach we are proposing will review a large number (ten of thousands) of Organisms in Trade (OIT) to identify species that that have a high risk of invasiveness in the U.S. By starting with a larger pool of species (opposed to the Roy et al. screening process started with 329 species) there is a great opportunity to recognize new species with no known invasion history. Through a process of filtering the project team will reduce the OIT to a manageable number of higher risk species (~500) based a species potential to arrive, establish, spread, and cause harm (impacts). The project team will also evaluate species with unknown natural histories based on phylogenetic and expert knowledge. We will use a largely automated initial screening, to be followed by expert elicitation and further species prioritization. The development of watch lists can guide early detection efforts, can help inform resource managers, and can provide a repeatable tool for early detection and rapid response efforts (EDRR). In addition, watch list(s) can be used to prioritize evaluations under the injurious Wildlife Provisions of the Lacey Act.”

Wes Daniels portrait shotDr. Wesley Daniel is a fisheries biologist with the USGS Wetland and Aquatic Research Center’s Nonindigenous Aquatic Species (NAS) Database. He is the coordinator for the NAS Database and curates all the invertebrates and mollusks records. Wes earned his Ph.D. from LSU in Biology, where his research focused on landscape conservation of Gulf Coast Unionidae mussels. After which, he was a post-doctoral researcher with Michigan State University in the Wildlife and Fisheries Program, working with the National Fish Habitat Association to create a nationwide assessment of fish habitat. His current research focuses on developing tools for managers and stakeholders that evaluate the potential spread of non-native and invasive species within and across drainage basins.

Classical Biological Control for Weed Management

December 15, 1 p.m. CT

Presented by: NAISMA Biological Control Committee


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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
  • The Invasive Species Data Mobilization Campaign

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
  • Healthy Trees, Healthy Cities

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

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