Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Florida Invader Updater Newsletter

The Invader Updater is a quarterly electronic newsletter published by Dr. Steve Johnson and Monica McGarrity of the UF/IFAS Gulf Coast Research and Education Center. The Invader Updater focuses on topics related to invasive vertebrate animals in Florida and the southeastern U.S.

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Texas Launches New Invasive Species Website

Texas Launches New Invasive Species Website  

By Damon Waitt and Travis Gallo is sporting a new user-friendly interface and new features like Eco Alerts by Region, where you can search Texas Ecoregions to see what species are a problem in your area; a Report It feature to help keep the worst of the worst out of Texas and social media like You Tube and FaceBook. The site is still home to the Texas Invasive Plant & Pest Council, the statewide invasive species conference, the Invaders of Texas citizen science program, and an invasive plant database. The website also contains an interactive mapping application, downloadable invasive species publications and links to national, regional, and state invasive species resources. The new and improved website was made possible by funding from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and in-kind support from the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin, Texas.

PlantRight and introduction of invasive plants

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Sunday, March 7, 2010

Weed risk assessments for Florida

Weed risk assessments for Florida based on the Australia/New Zealand Weed Risk Assessment model were created for The Nature Conservancy by Doria Gordon et al. for 260 species.

Weeds Across Borders 2010 conference

Weeds Across Borders 2010 conference

June 1-4, 2010

National Conservation Training Center
Shepherdstown, West Virginia, USA

The theme of this year’s conference is “Plant Invasions: Policies, Politics, and Practices.” Program session topics include: Cooperation & Partnerships, Applied Research Reports, New Issues, Border Management & Recreational Pathways, Economic & Ecological Impacts: Trends & Predictions, Awareness & Education, and Early Detection & Rapid Response.

For more details, and to register online, visit

Registration Costs & Deadlines:

Early (before April 1): $125
Late (after April 1): $150
Student: $50
Single Day: $75
Weeds Across Borders is a biennial international conference covering the interests of professionals and organizations involved in weed management and regulation. It is composed of an affiliation of organizations from various jurisdictions across North America with a common interest in sharing information and promoting weed management throughout North America. Because weeds do not respect human imposed laws or boundaries, we must develop partnerships, share information, and coordinate programs and projects that cross these boundaries.
The goal of the conference is to provide a forum for educating, sharing, and disseminating knowledge about weed management, regulatory issues, and concerns about weed dispersal across and between all jurisdictional boundaries in Mexico, Canada, and the United States.

Southeast EPPC Annual Meeting

Disturbance and Change, Invasive Plants and Paths to Recovery a Joint Meeting of SE-EPPC and SE-SER

Chattanooga, TN, May 11-13, 2010 (Tuesday-Thursday)
Join us May 11th through 13th for the first joint meeting between the Southeast Exotic Pest Plant Council and the Southeast Chapter of the Society for Ecological Restoration International

This will be an exciting meeting that brings together practitioners and researchers from the fields of restoration and invasive plant species management. Take this unique opportunity to network and learn together. The meeting will be held at the historic Sheraton Read House Hotel in the heart of downtown Chattanooga, Tennessee.

For more information about the meeting and instructions on abstract submittal, go to the meeting web site at
Chattanooga is a thriving city surrounded by spectacular views and offering an abundance of educational, recreational, and historical tourism opportunities including the outstanding Tennessee Aquarium. A variety of outdoor recreational opportunities are available within a very short drive of the downtown area including hiking, whitewater rafting, and much, much more. Chattanooga is a progressive city that has been addressing invasive plant issues and climate change and is creating a healthy, prosperous city for all generations as a green community.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Florida Air Potato Roundups

CISMA involved (, Where How Much (lbs), How disposed of

Bradford Co. CWMA 1st annual Bradford County Air potato roundup 250 Using for research

Southwest Florida CISMA CISMA work day 600 Garbage collection

Central Florida CISMA Lower Wekiva River Preserve State Park for their first annual air potato raid 706 Dump/request they get buried

Central Florida CISMA Hosted a Disney ‘give a day, get a day’ event 9,480 Dump/request they get buried

First Coast ISWG 4th Annual First Coast Air Potato Round-up 6,725 Sealed landfill

Heartland CISMA Highlands Co. Air Potato Exchange Day 1,060 Landfill (assured process would kill them)

Alachua CISMA 11th Annual Great Air Potato Round-Up (Gainesville) 13,270 Sealed landfill

Total 32,091 (That is ~16 tons)

For more see article here

War on Invasive Plants in Great Britain

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$475 Million to Rescue Great Lakes

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