Wednesday, March 1st

Innovative Methods


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 and Bob Hickerson, 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.


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Federal Agency Fair


Rayburn House Office Building (Rm 2043)

3p: Set up

4p: Event starts

Agency participation:

Department of the Interior: Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, Branch of Aquatic Invasive Species, National Wildlife Refuge Service, U.S. Geological Survey; U.S. Department of Agriculture: Agricultural Research Service, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, National Agricultural Library and Systematic Entomology Laboratory; and the National Invasive Species Council

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