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Illinois Invasive Species Symposium Call for Abstracts, due April 3

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The symposium will be held on May 31 in Champaign, IL.  
 
 
Call for Abstracts
 
We are now accepting abstract submissions for presentations at the 4th Annual Illinois Invasive Species Symposium. The Symposium is a joint effort between University of Illinois Extension, the Illinois Natural History Survey, and The Morton Arboretum. It provides an opportunity to learn about projects and programs underway to address invasive species that are impacting Illinois’ natural lands and native species.
 
Presentations should be on invasive species projects or programs in Illinois. We are accepting sub-missions of presentations on all taxa of invasive species. Presentations will be 20-30 minutes in length.
 
Please email abstract submissions to cwevans [at] illinois.edu by April 3, 2017. Authors will be notified by April 17.
 
Abstract Format
1. Title
2. Authors: Include author names and contact information. If there are multiple authors, please place an asterisk (*) after the name of the presenter(s)
3. Body of abstract: Body of abstract should be a single paragraph and provide a brief description of the presentation
 
Christopher Evans
Forestry Extension and Research Specialist
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Sciences
 
University of Illinois Extension Forestry
354 State Highway 145N
Simpson, IL 62985-9614

Rock Bridge Memorial State Park volunteer opportunities

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Rock Bridge Memorial State Park is being threatened like never before by invasive plants and needs your help!  If you haven’t considered doing invasive plant control volunteering before, the attachments will give you a good understanding of what’s involved.  While we can’t spray this time of year, it does work to use cut/stump and pulling methods in winter as long as it’s above freezing and the ground isn’t frozen.  It’s also a good time to give attention to some species/small projects that don’t get much attention during the growing season.

Attached are two planning docs that give details about locations/species/methods for work that needs to be done.  The map shows locations of 3 spots along Clear Creek that need winter creeper pulled.  This is an example of maps I can make as needed to help you find a particular location or I can take you out and show you a site that needs work.  Notice the instructions doc.  Please let me know what task you are willing to tackle and report when it’s done so I can keep this up to date and serve as a coordinator.  If you can’t help directly, perhaps you can forward this on to others who can.

I want to thank those of you who have been working on invasive plant control.  I’m estimating that we spot sprayed bush honeysuckle on about 300 acres in the Eastern part of the Gans Creek Wild Area this fall after natives lost their leaves!  And our SPYC crew worked all summer with various species and methods.  Having worked here for 25 years, I know of many locations that are in good shape today that would have become grown up in invasive plants except that we intervened on behalf of our native plants and animals.  Let’s keep doing that!

To join the effort, call or email Roxie Campbell, park naturalist:

Roxie Campbell

Park Naturalist

Rock Bridge Memorial State Park

5901 S. Hwy. 163

Columbia, MO 65203

573-449-7400

[email protected]

You will need to fill out and send the following forms to Roxie:

Decision to deregulate creeping bentgrass

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Environmental groups blasted USDA’s Jan. 17 decision to deregulate a genetically engineered creeping bentgrass that has taken root in two Oregon counties.

In a joint news release, the Center for Biological Diversity and Center for Food Safety sharply criticized USDA’s decision to deregulate the grass, which was genetically modified to resist applications of glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto Corp.’s Roundup weed killer.

Scotts Miracle-Gro Co. and Monsanto developed the grass for use mainly on golf courses. —Read the rest of the article.

A 12/8/2016 Capital Press Ag news article documented the decision to deregulate the genetically engineered glyphosate-resistant creeping bentgrass will be made by the USDA Secretary of Agriculture after the close of the final public comment period. Download the rest of the article.

More on Agrostis stolonifer (creeping bentgrass):

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‘NatiVeg’: NBCI RELEASES ONLINE TOOL TO AID NATIVE PLANT SELECTION

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The National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative (NBCI) has taken another significant step in the recovery of native vegetation and habitats on the landscape across the 25 NBCI states with the release of a new decision-making tool, NatiVeg, NBCI Director Don McKenzie announced today.

 

“With restoration of native grasses, wildflowers and shrubs across the landscape being a critical means to the recovery of bobwhite, grassland bird and pollinator populations, NBCI’s NatiVeg will make it significantly easier for landowners and resource managers to select the right native plants for their specific location and specific purpose,” said  McKenzie.

 

NatiVeg (www.quailcount.org/NatiVeg) is a remote, Internet-based tool that works on desktops, laptops, tablets and mobile phones. Developed by NBCI and University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture Information Technology Service and beta-tested by a variety of outside reviewers, NatiVeg is a database that, within the 25-state initiative’s range, delivers the proper native plant choices for a specific location and the user’s specific purposes, whether wildlife, forage, biomass, pollinators, critical area planting, restoration or soil conservation. That location can be specified either manually or by a connected mobile device’s GPS system. And the provided recommendations discriminate, for instance, between a big bluestem grass adapted to Texas and one adapted to Alabama based on location.

 

An eight-month project, NBCI first captured the database for the 126 Natural Resource Conservation Service’s (NRCS) Major Land Resource Areas (eco-regions) for the 25 NBCI states and secured the NRCS database of plant materials identified as suitable for conservation purposes. NBCI deleted from that list all non-native species, tree species and other species not applicable to the NBCI states, leaving only native grasses, shrubs, forbs and legumes in an eventual 306-species menu. NBCI then folded in a plant hardiness zone database into the mix.  Also provided is a species “Location Assistance” button that delivers information from the respective state wildlife agency, including contact information for experts.

 

“There are still shortcomings to overcome,” McKenzie said. “For instance, there are many plants that NRCS has not done any work with, so are not included. In addition, there won’t be as many choices east of the Mississippi River because NRCS has worked more on western species. So, NatiVeg is a work in progress.

 

“We encourage landowners and resource managers to check out this new tool,” McKenzie said, “to help improve their native grassland restoration efforts, and we ask for feedback from users, to help NBCI continually improve this unique wildlife conservation service.”

 

For questions and more specific information, contact NBCI Grasslands Coordinator Jef Hodges at [email protected] or at 660-351-2766.

Missouri Prairie Journal articles added to Resource Pages

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The Missouri Prairie Foundation has been publishing the Missouri Prairie Journal since 1979. Print magazines are sent to Missouri Prairie Foundation members as a benefit of membership.

Among the hundreds of articles published over the years, several relate to the management of invasive plant species that affect prairie natural communities. The following articles have been added to the Management and Identification Guides page in Missouri Invasive Plant Species Task Force’s resource section:

Digitized articles from all Missouri Prairie Journal volumes since 2003 are available here.

Research Shows Downy Brome Has Developed Fire-Survival Traits

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LAWRENCE, Kansas – Research featured in the latest edition of the journal Invasive Plant Science and Management shows that the weed downy brome has developed fire-survival traits that are changing local growing conditions and making it impossible for native competitors to survive.

Downy brome has invaded millions of acres of arid grasslands in the western United States. As a winter annual, it finishes its life cycle by spring or early summer – several weeks before native grass species. The dried downy brome offers a large horizontal mass that can fuel frequent fires and help them quickly spread.

Researchers in the U.S. and Europe compared downy brome from the fire-prevalent U.S. Great Basin with populations of downy brome in Central Europe, where fires are rarely experienced. They discovered that U.S. populations of the weed produce seeds with a greater fire tolerance. The seedlings perform better in post-fire environments, produce more above-ground tissue and are more flammable than populations of downy brome in Central Europe.

“The increased flammability of downy brome in the U.S. and its greater aboveground plant mass promote earlier, more frequent fires of low intensity,” says Annamária Fenesi, a senior lecturer at Babeş-Bolyai University in Romania. “While downy brome thrives under those conditions, native species that have adapted to a much longer interval between fires are simply unable to recover. As a result, downy brome is able to thrive and spread, free of competition.”

Full text of the article “Enhanced Fire-Related Traits May Contribute to the Invasiveness of Downy Brome (Bromus tectorum)” is available in Volume 9, Issue 3 of the journal Invasive Plant Science and Management.

About Invasive Plant Science and Management

Invasive Plant Science and Management is a journal of the Weed Science Society of America, a nonprofit scientific society focused on weeds and their impact on the environment.  The publication focuses on invasive plant species. To learn more, visit www.wssa.net.

 

Midwest Invasive Plant Network Hiring Coordinator

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The Midwest Invasive Plant Network’s (MIPN) mission is to reduce the impact of invasive plant species in the Midwest. This position (MIPN Coordinator) will be responsible for facilitating the activities of MIPN with support from the board of directors. Activities will include providing leadership in developing programs, obtaining funding, facilitating information development and exchange, and coordinating regional efforts that minimize the impact invasive plants have on Midwest region’s economy, environment, and human health and other activities required to maintain the functionality of MIPN. The Coordinator will work closely with the MIPN Board of Directors to ensure short and long-term goals are achieved. The Coordinator also will work with public and private agencies, conservation groups, scientists, green industry, land managers, and landowners to advance MIPN and reduce the threat of invasive plant species to conservation targets in the Midwest.

Click here to download job announcement and application details.

Citizen Science Opportunity: Shady Invaders through the National Phenology Network

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Illustration from Nature's Notebook.

Illustration from Nature’s Notebook.

An invitation from Eryn Maynard to do Citizen Science:

I lived in St. Louis for a couple of years doing invasive plant research at Washington University. I went on a few native plant walks with your WGNSS-Botany Group. It came up in conversation fairly regularly that invasive shrubs tend to leaf out earlier and keep their leaves later than native shrubs. I’m now working on my PhD at Penn State exploring the occurrence and potential impacts of this extended leaf phenology of invasives. I’m trying to get a regional perspective on this, and so have started a citizen science data collection campaign called Shady Invaders through the National Phenology Network. The landing page contains the species lists and links on how to start collecting data. Datasheets can be printed or there’s also an app for mobile devices. Please help spread the word.

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Erynn Maynard, PhD Candidate

Intercollege Graduate Degree Program in Ecology

Forest Resources Building 220
Pennsylvania State University
University Park, PA 16802

[email protected]