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Invasive Species Collaboration: Informing the Masses, Building the Armies, Stemming the Flow, and Turning the Tide

by Tina Casagrand

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.

 

Speakers:

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

The Power of Partnerships: How Hard Work Plus Some Social Media Spread the Word about Invasive Callery Pear

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On September 28, hard work on the part of Missouri Invasive Plant (MoIP) Task Force members culminated in a successful day. MU cut down a callery pear tree and became the first official signer of the MoIP Task Force Pledge to Stop the Spread of Invasive Species. You can read the whole story here.

In addition to the dozens of people attending the ceremony, MoIP, the MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, and others helped spread the word online.

Here are the results of that concentrated effort, from MoIP’s social media accounts.

 

MU CAFNR kicked it off in real-time.

A few minutes later, Carol Davit’s photos made it onto Instagram.

This post reached 470 accounts and was seen 698 times.

An Instagram story serialized the morning via 6 photos, along with text about our mission. Instagram stories were seen 76-116 times depending on the individual story (views were enhanced by location tagging and hashtags).

One Instagram story prompted a private message from a flower grower working on a tree ordinance for the City of Springfield that’s looking to address some invasive species issues (especially with the Callery Pear). She wanted our moinvasives email address to discuss someone to talk to to make sure their work is in line with what we are doing.

In total, we made 1,216 impressions last week on Twitter.

And then Carol’s photos were on Twitter…

MU got in on the action with a Retweet:

Which earned 12,000+ impressions

Lately, average MoIP Twitter impressions range between 75 to 250, so this is huge.

And of course, Facebook had to get in on the action. This link to our blog post reached nearly 1,800 people, earned 99 engagements (clicks, likes, hearts) 9 shares, and 24 link clicks.