|Image by Rebekah D. Wallace|
The presentations covered a range of topics: control efforts and successes, citizen science programs, updates of each of the states' programs, and research experiments on invasive species. In fact, two presenters spoke about the benefits of using goats as a "first-pass" on kudzu control and how much success they have had with this control option. There were also plenty of opportunities to network and talk to presenters and attendees. The meeting also included students in the oral presentation and poster sessions, which encouraged students to become more involved in the community.
I would suggest that anyone interested in invasive species should check out their local EPPC, IPC, or equivalent organization to learn how they can participate.
Some regional groups which may have state or local EPPCs, IPCs, Cooperative Weed Management Areas (CWMAs) or Cooperative Invasive Species Management Areas (CISMAs) as partners include:
Mid-Atlantic Invasive Plant Council
Great Lakes Early Detection Network
Midwest Invasive Species Information Network
Missouri River Watershed Coalition