Invasive Species Webinars

Monday, February 23 - Friday, February 27

3 pm EST


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See www.nisaw.org for more information on the weeks events


Monday, February 23, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM EST





  • Nick Seaton and Caleb Grantham, Southern Illinois Invasive Species Strike Team, The Nature Conservancy
  • Cheryl Millett, Central Florida Lygodium Strategy, The Nature Conservancy
  • Carmen Chapin, Great Lakes Exotic Plant Management Team, National Park Service


Strategic Management of Priority Invasive Species:
Coordinated Control through the Southern Illinois Invasive Species Strike Team
Caleb Grantham and Nick Seaton


  • The Nature Conservancy, in partnership with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the River to River Cooperative Weed Management Area, and the USDA Forest Service Northeast Area State and Private Forestry Program developed the Southern Illinois Invasive Species Strike Team (ISST) in 2008. The Strike Team deploys a highly trained, mobile force of two plant management specialists who assist with the mapping, monitoring, and controlling of invasive exotic plant species at state dedicated nature preserves, state parks, and adjacent private lands that serve as pathways onto these properties in the 11 southernmost counties of Illinois. Once a risk has been identified, ISST also serves as a Rapid Response Team. Applying the Early Detection & Rapid Response (EDRR) approach to invasive species management greatly improves the likelihood that invasions will be addressed successfully while populations are still localized and containable. Given the high quality of the sites in the project area, it is crucial to inhibit the spread of invasive exotic plant species to ensure the existence of diverse, naturally functioning ecosystems only found in Southern Illinois.

Central Florida Lygodium Strategy: A Partnership Approach to Stopping the Northward Spread of Old World climbing fern

  • Cheryl Millett has been a Biologist on the Lake Wales Ridge with the Florida Chapter of The Nature Conservancy for 10 years. She specializes in growing landscape-scale partnership projects over which she has no authority and transferring them to be continued by partners, such as Jay Watch, now run by Florida Audubon, and Python Patrol, now a program of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. She currently coordinates the Ocala Longleaf Local Implementation Team, the Heartland Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area, and the Central Florida Lygodium Strategy.

Moving/Targets: The National Parks Service Exotic Plant Management Team

  • Carmen Chapin is the Program Coordinator for The National Park Service Great Lakes Exotic Plant Management Team. The program augments invasive plant control efforts in 10 national parks in the western Great Lakes. In addition to running an on-the-ground program, Carmen works to promote cooperative invasive plant management efforts locally in northern Wisconsin through the Northwoods Cooperative Weed Management Area and regionally though efforts in the Midwest Invasive Plant Network.


Tuesday, February 24, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM EST




PLAY, CLEAN, GO - Laura Van Riper, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

View the pdf of the webinar here

Please note that due to a recording error, the voice in the PlayCleanGo recording is not synced up with the slides. It may be easiest to open both the YouTube video with the voice recording and the pdf of the webinar slides and follow along with the slides in the pdf.

  • Come learn about the creation and implementation of the PlayCleanGo: Stop Invasive Species in Your Tracks outreach campaign. The goal of this action-oriented outreach campaign is to give recreationists a clear call to action and to be informed, attentive, and accountable for stopping the spread of invasive species. This presentation will show how PlayCleanGo may benefit your organization and how you could join the 100+ PlayCleanGo partner organizations throughout the US and Canada in spreading the message.


Wednesday, February 25, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM EST





  • For the past two years, the National Association of Invasive Plants Councils (NAIPC) has been part of a task group working on the development of an ASTM standard for invasive plant listing. The aim of the standard is to provide a mechanism by which entities that create lists of invasive plants based on environmental harm may ensure that they are conforming to a set of minimum criteria created to ensure the credibility of the lists and consistency across them. The webinar will cover how the project came into being, the process of developing an ASTM standard and the elements of the standard.


Thursday, February 26, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM EST





  • EDDMapS' primary goal is to discover the existing range and leading edge of invasive species while documenting vital information about the species and habitat using standardized data collection protocols. EDDMapS allows for data from many organizations and groups to be combined into one database to show a better map of the range of an invasive species. Goals of the current project include: integration of existing regional datasets, increase search options on EDDMapS website, and coordinate with local, state and regional organizations to develop early detection networks. After nine years of development of EDDMapS, it has become clear that these local organizations are key to developing a successful early detection and rapid response network. The University of Georgia Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health has released 15 smartphone apps to support data entry into EDDMapS. EDDMapS has been implemented in 40 states and 4 provinces. EDDMapS is built upon the NAISMA Mapping Standards and this presentation will discuss the updates to the standards and the tools that have been built based on them.


Friday, February 27, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM EST




Don't Move Firewood: What we can do for you - Leigh Greenwood, Don't Move Firewood Campaign Manager, The Nature Conservancy

  • The Don't Move Firewood Campaign has a huge wealth of free outreach materials, digital designs that can be customized for your needs, and carefully compiled information on local, state, federal, and international firewood regulations that pertain to the movement of invasive pests on contaminated firewood in North America. Come learn about what Don't Move Firewood can offer you - and what you can do to help increase the campaign's effectiveness in 2015 and beyond. This webinar will include ample time for questions and answers - attendees are encouraged to prepare with two questions ahead of time to ensure a lively Q&A session.