PNW Invasive Plant Council News

 1.      National Invasive Species Awareness Week will be held Feb. 28-March 4 in Washington, DC. One day will be dedicated to state invasive species councils and other state coordinating bodies. For more information and updates, see www.nisaw.org. Also on Facebook!

2.      Tim Miller, WSU Extension Weed Specialist at the Mt. Vernon Research Station, will cover the basics of weed identification, management, and control. The emphasis is on common weeds of western Washington found in ornamental landscapes. You will learn how to identify common weeds and discuss lots of weed control options. Bring your questions.

Douglas Classroom, Center for Urban Horticulture, University of Washington, Seattle
Wednesday, October 13

Time: 10 am to 12:15 pm
Fee: $40
2 WSDA credits
2 CPH credits

Contact and registration information is available at http://depts.washington.edu/uwbg/education/prohort.shtml

3.      Washington State Noxious Weed Control Board Public Hearing on proposed changes to the 2011 Noxious Weed List will be held Tuesday, November 2 at 12pm in Yakima Washington. Public participation is encouraged on the 6 proposed changes. Information about the changes and where the meeting is being held can be found: http://www.nwcb.wa.gov/proposed_changes_2011.htm.


One proposed addition to the list is English holly (Ilex aquifolium) as a Class C noxious weed. In the proposal for English holly, Peter Zika referred to an article he wrote for Madroño that was in press but is now published. You can view the abstract at http://www.bioone.org/doi/abs/10.3120/0024-9637-57.1.1 and find the journal Madroño at most state universities.

4.      Job Announcement: Invasive Species Project Manager, Tucson Arizon

The Southern Arizona Buffelgrass Coordination Center (SABCC), a nonprofit organization based in Tucson, AZ aims to coordinate regional, multijurisdictional efforts that limit further spread of buffelgrass (Pennisetum ciliare) and mitigate near and long term ecological and socioeconomic impacts (www.buffelgrass.org). SABCC seeks to hire an Invasive Species Project Manager to help contract and coordinate mapping, treatment and monitoring activities across multiple jurisdictions. Treatments will range from hand removal and chemical spraying in right-of-ways and accessible areas to aerial spraying of dense stands on difficult terrain. A web-based data management system and an integrated decision (state-and-transition) model have been developed to prioritize areas for treatment, select the best strategies, track success, and amend decisions in an adaptive management framework. The Invasive Species Project Manager will execute agreements to map buffelgrass and design, implement and evaluate treatments lands abutting Saguaro National Park and Ironwood Forest National Monument, and within 14 national parks, monuments, forests, wildlife refuges, and military reservations participating in a two-year planning and mitigation exercise on federal lands funded by Congress. The main benefits of this exercise will be a coordinated approach, increased control capacity across all federal lands, a 10-yr strategic plan that guides sustainment of effort and informs the annual appropriations process for federal agencies and units, and reduced risk of re-infestations onto other public and private lands. This is a challenging but potentially very rewarding assignment capable of producing a template for addressing other spatially-extensive environmental problems in the American West. A Master’s degree in Weed Science, Natural Resources or related field and at least three (3) years of relevant project management experience are required. Knowledge in data management, GIS, decision support, and weed control are preferred. Pay will be between $50,000 and $60,000,  commensurate with level of experience. Please submit a detailed letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and three letters of recommendation by regular mail to Dr. Lindy Brigham, Executive Director, Southern Arizona Buffelgrass Coordination Center, 1955 E. 6th St., Tucson, AZ 85719, tele: (520) 626-8307 or by email at Lindy.Brigham@buffelgrass.org.
The deadline for application is November 1st, 2010.
 
Lindy A. Brigham, Ph.D.
Executive Director
Southern Arizona Buffelgrass Coordination Center
1955 E. Sixth Street
Tucson, AZ  85719


5.      The 2011 Tamarisk Research Conference will be held February 16 and 17th in Tucson Arizona. Submission deadlines for presentations on all areas of tamarisk, Russian olive and riparian biology and management are due by October 15th (this Friday!). Details about the conference can be found at: http://www.tamariskcoalition.org/2011ResearchConference.html