National Invasive Species Awareness Week

Feb. 27 – March 3, 2017

PARTICIPATE IN EVENTS ACROSS THE NATION to raise awareness and identify solutions to invasive species issues at local, state, tribal, regional, international and national scales. Locate an invasive species event in your state or county. Plan your own event using the NISAW Toolkit – where and when it works for you!

Plan to attend the NISAW 2017 reception and briefings on Capitol Hill!


Invasive Species Reality Check: Where Are We and Where Do We Need to Go?

Monday Feb 27 – Impacts and Prevention 
10a Informal Meetup at US Botanic Garden Conservatory
1130a Cannon 122, Capitol Hill Lunch Seminars
2:00p ET Some Rapid Risk Assessment Tools for Nonnative Species: Where Are We, and Where Do We Need to Go?  Mike Hoff, PhD, (USFWS-retired), Eagan, MN. – Register Here

3:00p ET Invasive Aquatic Plants in the Florida Landscape: Solving Problems with Interagency Cooperation. Melissa Smith, PhD., Research Ecologist at Invasive Plant Research Lab, Fort Lauderdale, FL. – Register Here

Tuesday Feb 28  – Early Detection and Response
10:00 am Senate Dirksen G11, Capitol Hill Lunch Seminars
2:00p ET Use of Landsat time series for large-scale mapping of invasive species distributions. Valerie Pasquarella, Post-doc, University of Massachusetts, Amherst / Northeast Climate Science Center – Register Here

3:00p ET Picking Our Battles: A Strategy to Enhance Success of Invasive Plant Projects. Rachel Stevens, Stewardship Coordinator and Wildlife Ecologist, Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, New Hampshire Fish and Game Department.  – Register Here

 Wednesday March 1 – Innovative Methods
1130a Cannon 122, Capitol Hill Lunch Seminars
2:00p ET. Biological Control Agents Being Employed for Control of the Emerald Ash Borer.  Jian J. Duan, PhD, Research Entomologist/Lead Scientist, USDA Agricultural Research Service, Beneficial Insects Introduction Research Unit, DE.  – Register here

4-7p Federal Agency Fair, Rayburn House Office Bldg.

Thursday March 2 –  Creating Behavior Change
10-11a TENTATIVE Fieldtrip: National Museum of the American Indian
1130a Cannon 122, Capitol Hill Lunch Seminars
2:00p ET PlayCleanGo: Research on the Power of Positive Messaging. Susan Burks, Forestry and Invasive Species Program Coordinator, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. – Register Here

3:00p ET Eleven Years of Firewood Behavior Change Research- What is working, and where should we go from here? Leigh Greenwood, Don’t Move Firewood Program Manager, The Nature Conservancy, Missoula MT  – Register Here


Friday March 3 – Public-Private Partnerships

11a ET. European Grapevine Moth Eradication Program – a Formula for a Successful Eradication Project. Nick Condos, Director, Plant Health and Pest Prevention Services, California Department of Food and Agriculture, Sacramento, CA.  – Register Here


Plan ahead! The first ever NISAW in the Field will be July 9 – 15 2017. Stay tuned for more information on state-led weed pulls, field days, seminars, and more!

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