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Invasive Species Collaboration: Informing the Masses, Building the Armies, Stemming the Flow, and Turning the Tide
February 7 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 am
Join us for a Missouri Natural Resources Conference session.
Invasive plants and animals have serious impacts on virtually all aspects of forest, fish, and wildlife conservation, and to some degree, soil health as well. The Missouri Invasive Plant Task Force (MoIP), the Scenic Rivers Invasive Species Partnership, the Feral Hog Partnership, the Missouri Invasive Forest Pests Council, and other invasive plant control collaborations are gaining momentum in the state. New alliances and tactics are underway to identify, fund, and tackle invasive plant and animal species to reduce their threats to native biodiversity and many facets of the state’s economy. This session will provide in-depth information from the “front lines” on how these groups are working with landowners and other stakeholders to control invasives on a landscape scale. MoIP’s comprehensive, ranked list of all known invasive plants in the state—along with maps illustrating abundance, trend, and impact—will be unveiled, and successful outreach campaigns will be shared. Updates on feral hog eradication efforts, forest pest control initiatives, and regional and cross-agency control projects will be presented. Attendees will come away from the session understanding how to plug into these collaborative efforts and make a tangible difference in invasive species management.
Alan Leary, Interim Wildlife Management Chief – Ozark Unit, MDC: Update on Feral Hog Control
Rebecca Landewe, Current River Project Manager, TNC: Scenic Rivers Partnership
Robbie Doerhoff, Forest Entomologist, MDC: Missouri Invasive Forest Pest Council and new challenges and techniques for managing forest pests
Carol Davit, MPF, & Andy West, Ozark Koala: New partnerships & outreach initiatives via MoIP
Kenda Flores, Aquatic Habitat Specialist, MDC: Aquatic Invasives
Dr. Quinn Long, Director, Shaw Nature Reserve: An Introduction to the Missouri Invasive Plant Assessment