2011 TIPPC Conference Recap

This year's conference was huge a success, featuring over forty oral and poster presentations, a Legislative update by State Representatives Jimmie Don Aycock and Donna Howard, a keynote address by Chuck Bargeron, author of EDDMapS, a Caddo Lake Case Study hosted by the Caddo Lake Institute and an update on the City of Austin's Invasive Species Management Plan. On the final day, participants chose between a citizen science workshop, an Arundo donax field trip on Lady Bird Lake or a Weed Risk Assessment discussion. Thank you to all of our sponsors and volunteers for their support and all of our partners and attendees for their participation.

Scott Walker
TIPPC President
Bread Truck turned Invasive Species Mobile

Part art project, part public awareness campaign and part invasive species management service, the Buffalo Bayou Invasive Plant Eradication Unit is the brainchild of eco-artist Mark Dion. Funded by the Buffalo Bayou Partnership and the Houston Arts Alliance, Dion's Invasive Plant Eradication Unit (photo by Meredith Deliso) runs out of a bread truck that was converted to drive around town, educating the public with its prominently-displayed images of invasive species and native species on its exterior. - Check it out
Giant African Snails!

Huge snails from Africa have overrun a Miami-area town and the US government said Tuesday a potent pesticide is the best way to get rid them. Thousands of the 4-8" giant African snails have been collected in Coral Gables, a town in Miami-Dade County, since the infestation was first discovered in September. The last time giant African snails surfaced in south Florida was in 1966, and it took almost a decade and a million dollars to get rid of them. An environmental assessment was issued by the USDA describing the options of doing nothing versus applying the pesticide. Public comments are being accepted before a final decision is made. - Read More
Controlling Japanese Climbing Fern

Japanese climbing fern, a non-native, invasive vine, has become established throughout the southeastern Coastal Plain from the Carolinas to Texas and Arkansas. Introduced in 1900, it is one of the worst invasives in East Texas and has been featured many times in the iWire. The School of Forest Resources and Conservation Department at University of Florida has published the Biology and Control of Japanese Climbing Fern (Lygodium japonicum). This is a great resource for anyone trying to control Japanese climbing fern on their properties.
More News

2012 USDA Grant and Partnership Workbook
This workbook contains basic information on programs in USDA that could be used to fund and support invasive species related projects. - Learn More

Save the Date - National Invasive Species Awareness Week February 26 - March 3, Washington DC
A week of activities, briefings, workshops and events focused on strategizing solutions to address invasive species prevention, detection, monitoring, control, and management issues at local, state, tribal, regional, national and international scales. - Learn More

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


A Few Changes to the Datasheet

Please take note of the following changes to the Invaders of Texas datasheet. First you will notice that the fields Collector Name and Satellite have been removed. Those were relics from the old system and are no longer needed. You will also see a new field, Est. Error. Most GPS receivers have a slight error and display this error near the latitude and longitude coordinates. After discussions with resource managers and scientists we came to the conclusion that knowing the GPS error would be valuable information for those using the data.
Reserve Your Invasive Pest Workshops

The Invaders of Texas program will be conducting 10 invasive pest identification workshops in early 2012. 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 workshop request for these new workshops. Please contact Travis Gallo for more information and to schedule a workshop.
Citizen Science Workshops

Rare Plant Monitoring & Invasive Species Workshops
Early Spring 2012, East Texas Pineywoods

The Invaders of Texas has teamed up with the National Forest Foundation and the National Forests and Grasslands in Texas to offer a new kind of citizen science workshop, expanding on the Invaders of Texas model by adding a rare plant monitoring component.

Invasive Pest Sentinel Network Workshops
10 Workshops Coming in 2012

These workshops will supplement the Invaders of Texas program by training citizen scientists to identify and report invasive pests of regulatory concern while out looking for invasive plants. Schedule your 2012 workshop, today.

Invaders of Texas Workshops
10 Workshops Coming in 2012

The Invaders of Texas workshops are the traditional workshops training citizen scientists to report and detect invasive plants in their area. We have funding for 10 workshops in 2012, so schedule your workshop, today.

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

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