TIPPC Update

The TIPPC Vice President, Dr. Jerry Cook from Sam Houston State University, was appointed to serve as a member of the Invasive Species Advisory Committee (ISAC).  ISAC is a group of non-federal experts and stakeholders established and mandated to provide advice to the National Invasive Species Council (NISC) on invasive species-related issues.

Since its creation in 1999, ISAC has provided valuable input to NISC and has produced several documents to assist Federal agencies in providing guidance on invasive species challenges. In addition to providing crucial input to the drafting of the 2001 and 2008-2012 Invasive Species Management Plan


Don't Move Firewood:
A Texas-Sized Outreach Campaign

Untreated firewood is a documented vector for destructive insects and pathogens to reach previously uninfected areas. A recent study surveyed firewood for purchase at retail stores in 18 states. It was found that over half of the firewood was from sources outside the purchase state and that 76% of this firewood had bark attached, which is a potential source of destructive bark and wood-boring beetles. Additionally, live insects emerged from 47% of the firewood, and most of these insects were bark beetles and wood borers (both considered tree pests).

To increase public awareness of the firewood-invasive pest link, the Texas A&M Forest Service, along with 12 other southern states, has initiated a firewood awareness campaign. - Read More.

Emerald Ash Borer in Texas:
NOT Found in 2012 Survey

In 2012, the Texas A&M Forest Service and collaborators conducted a stateside survey for Agrilus planipennis (emerald ash borer [EAB]). The trapping effort is now complete and, fortunately, without a single EAB collection.   
The EAB trapping project was funded by the USDA- APHIS, and included deploying 1,319 traps in 56 Texas counties.  These traps were deployed in the spring, monitored in the summer and fall.  These efforts were also supported by Texas Master Naturalist, Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Service, Sam Houston State University, and Stephen F. Austin State University.

An EAB survey is planned for 2013, but at a reduced scale.  Currently the plan is to deploy 147 traps, with the possibility of expansion if additional funds come available. - Read More.


An Unexpected Correlation:
Tree and Human Health

The emerald ash borer (EAB) has killed an estimated 100 million native ash trees (Fraxinus sp.) in 18 Midwestern and Eastern states.  EAB attacks all 22 North American ash species, and kills nearly every tree it infests.  It also impacts urban areas, as city streets lined with ash trees can become treeless.

The USDA Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station used this opportunity to look for correlations between changes to the natural environment and human health.  In their study, 18 years of data from 1,296 counties in 15 states was analyzed.  It was found that Americans living in areas infested by the emerald ash borer suffered from an additional 15,000 deaths from cardiovascular disease and 6,000 more deaths from lower respiratory disease when compared to uninfected areas.

“ There’s a natural tendency to see our findings and conclude that, surely, the higher mortality rates are because of some confounding variable, like income or education, and not the loss of trees,” said primary researcher Geoffrey Donovan. “But we saw the same pattern repeated over and over in counties with very different demographic makeups.” - Read More.
More News

Python Challenge: An Initiative to Combat Burmese Pythons 
The South Florida 2013 Python Challenge has attracted nearly 400 participants and media interest from around the United States for a snake hunt that will feature prizes of $1,000 for catching the longest snakes and $1,500 for catching the most snakes. - Read More.

Lionfish (Pterois volitans) Control and Management Guide Released
The Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute has released a new document, Invasive Lionfish: A Guide to Control and Management.  To download a free copy visit: http://lionfish.gcfi.org/manual/


Tamarisk Coalition Webinar Series
The Tamarisk Coalition is initiating a series of webinars focused on funding opportunities and strategies specific to riparian restoration work and collaborative partnerships. For more information, contact Kristen Jespersen at (970) 846-0102 or kjesper-sen@tamariskcoalition.org.

Global Compendium of Weeds - Second Edition Now Available
To download a free copy visit: http://www.agric.wa.gov.au/objtwr/imported_assets/content/pw/weed/global-compendium-weeds.pdf

If you would like your invasive species event or news listed in the next iWire, please send the details to iwire@texasinvasives.org.



Invaders of Texas Program and the
City of Austin Work to Map Invasives

The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center is working with the City of Austin to implement the city's Invasive Species Management Plan by utilizing the Invaders of Texas Program.

The goal of the partnership is to support training and mobilization of volunteers to conduct assessments of city-owned properties and creeks.  The Wildflower Center will assist with development and implementation of a training program that emphasizes invasive plant species identification and characterization. 

This initiative will host four workshops to train a total of 180 citizen scientist volunteers (approximately 45 per workshop) to collect data on all City-owned properties.


Calling All Pest Detectives!

The Invaders of Texas program will be conducting 10 invasive pest identification workshops in 2013. The workshops will train citizen scientists to identify and report invasive pests of regulatory concern, such as Emerald Ash Borer. Satellites will have two options: a half-day workshop focusing on invasive pests, or a full-day workshop consisting of a half-day on invasive pests and the other half being a refresher course for the Invaders of Texas program.

We are now taking requests for these new workshops. Please contact Jessica Strickland for more information and to schedule your workshop!


Citizen Science Workshops

Sentinel Pest Network & Invasive Species Workshops
These workshops supplement the Invaders of Texas program by training citizen scientists to identify and report invasive pests of regulatory concern like Emerald Ash Borer and the Cactus Moth while they are out looking for invasive plants. The morning session will cover non-native, invasive pests, and the afternoon session will be a refresher course on non-native, invasive plants that occur in your area. 

We have funding for 10 workshops in 2013, so schedule your workshop, today!

Workshop Schedule:

Saturday March 2nd, 2013

Location: John Bunker Sands Wetland Center (Seagoville, TX)
Contact: Teresa Moss

Saturday April 6th, 2013
Location: Jasper, Texas 
Host: Longleaf Ridge Master Naturalist
Contact: Lori Horne

Friday April 19th, 2013
Location: Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge 
Contact: Anne Hamman

Saturday April 20th, 2013 (1/2 day new topics and refesher)
Location: Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge 
Contact: Anne Hamman

Saturday July 8th, 2013
Location: Acton Nature Center (Acton, TX)
Host: Rio Brazos Master Naturalist
Contact: Robert Theimer

Saturday July 8th, 2013
Location: Bryan/College Station, TX
Host: Brazos Valley Master Naturalist
Contact: Dr. Amanda Chau

For more information or to request a workshop, please visit our Workshop Page.


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