Impacts and Prevention

Monday, February 27

Informal MeetUp: U.S. Botanic Garden Conservatory

10:00a ET Informal MeetUp at U.S. Botanic Garden Conservatory An informal, no-host hour-long event to wander through the indoor garden together, which includes some species that have become invasive at many locations on the planet. 100 Maryland Ave SW, Washington, DC 20001. Don’t be late, or you’ll miss the lunch seminars on the Hill!


Capitol Hill Lunch Seminars - Cannon HOB Room 122

(25 min; 5 min Q/A)

11:30a ET Protecting America’s Forests and Cities from Imported Forest Pests:  Tree-SMART Trade. Gary Lovett, PhD, Senior Scientist, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies.

12:00p ET Forest Pest Insects and Pathogens: Detected Late with Little Information: How Should We Respond? Faith Campbell, PhD, Center for Invasive Species Prevention, Washington DC.


Afternoon Webinars

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.

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.



Early Detection and Response

Tuesday, February 28

Capitol Hill Morning Seminars - Senate Dirksen-G11

(25 min; 5 min Q/A)

10:00a ET A National Incident Response Initiative. Stanley (Stas) Burgiel, Assistant Director for Policy and Program Coordination, National Invasive Species Council Secretariat (NISC-Sec), Washington DC.

10:30p ET Early Detection Mapping System for the United States. Chuck Bargeron, Associate Director for Invasive Species and Information Technology, University of Georgia, Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health, Tifton GA.


Afternoon Webinars

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

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.



Innovative Methods

Wednesday, March 1

Capitol Hill Lunch Seminars Cannon HOB Room 122

(25 min; 5 min Q/A)

11:30a ET. Innovative Controls for Common Reed (Phragmites) in the Great Lakes Region. Kurt P. Kowalski, PhD, Research Ecologist, USGS Great Lakes Science Center, Ann Arbor, MI

12:00p ET. Development of a Species-specific Trap for Invasive Lionfish.  Pam Schofield, Research Fish Biologist at the USGS Wetland and Aquatic Research Center, Gainesville, FL.


Afternoon Webinar

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.


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



Federal Agency Fair

Wednesday, March 1

Rayburn House Office Building (Rm 2043)

3p: Set up

4p: Event starts

Agency participation:

  1. National Invasive Species Council
  2. Bureau of Land Management
  3. U.S. Geological Survey
  4. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service: Branch of Aquatic Invasive Species / National Wildlife Refuge Service
  5. National Park Service
  6. U.S. Department of Agriculture: Agricultural Research Service, Systematic Entomology Laboratory, National  Agricultural Library
  7. USDA: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

5p: Food service starts.

Welcoming Remarks Rick Otis

Invasive Species Caucus Congressional Members Rep Michael Thompson (CA) and Rep Stefanik (NY)

Federal Agency Representative Jamie Reaser, Executive Director, National Invasive Species Council (NISC) Secretariat, Washington, DC

Award presentation: (10 mins)

  1. Todd Neel (USFS) Synopsis of Rita Beard’s career
  2. Annie Simpson (USGS) announcement of FICMNEW’s Jerry Asher National Invasive Plant Management Memorial Award to Rita Beard and presentation of multi-partner gift to Beard family.

6p: Program ends

7p: Reception ends; clear out



Creating Behavior Change

Thursday, March 2

Field Trip -- TENTATIVE 10-11:00a ET

Special Group Tour of the National Museum of the American Indian 4th St SW & Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC 20560. An hour-long highlights tour, or guided tour of one of the current exhibitions. Contact: Elayne Silversmith, through Annie Simpson. For more information:;



Capitol Hill Lunch Seminars Cannon HOB Room 122

(25 min; 5 min Q/A)

11:30a ET Using Technologies to Catalyze Best Management Practices of Boaters for Cleaning, Draining and Drying Watercraft to Remove Aquatic Invasive Species. Ed Rudberg, Principal, CD3.

12:00p ET Weed Wranglers: Engaging Communities Nationwide Through an Annual Invasive Species Management Event. Steve Manning, President, Invasive Plant Control, Inc.


Afternoon Webinars

2:00p ET PlayCleanGo: Research on the Power of Positive Messaging.

Susan Burks, Forestry and Invasive Species Program Coordinator, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.  

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



Public-Private Partnerships

Friday, March 3

Morning Webinar (11a-12p ET)

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.