Pacific Northwest Invasive Plant Council: List Serve Digest

Pacific Northwest Invasive Plant Council
List Serve Digest

1. Washington State Noxious Weed Board accepting proposals for the weed list
2. Message from the Oregon Dept. of Ag (ODA) Staff and The Oregon State Weed Board (OSWB) regarding the passage of Measure 76
3. Oregon's New Online Invasive Species Database
4. Conferences and Workshops
5. Invasive Plant Job Openings

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1.Washington State Noxious Weed List
The Washington State Noxious Weed Control Board is accepting proposals for the 2012 noxious weed list through Saturday, April 30, 2011. Anyone is eligible to submit a proposal to change the weed list, including: adding new species to the weed list, removing currently listed species, changing the class of a noxious weed, or changing the designation of a Class B. We’ve already received several proposals, and the noxious weed committee will likely initiate additional recommended changes to improve the noxious weed list.

Please note that the state weed board will be codifying its listing guidelines into WAC 16-750 this year, including the process by which the resubmission of previously rejected proposals will be handled. Please feel free to contact Alison Halpern with questions.

Alison Halpern
Executive Secretary
WA State Noxious Weed Control Board
(360) 902-2053
www.nwcb.wa.gov

The State Noxious Weed List
(Chapter 16-750 WAC)
How You Can Participate -
http://apps.leg.wa.gov/wac/default.aspx?cite=16-750
Please feel free to contact the Washington State Noxious Weed Control Board (360- 902-2053 or noxiousweeds@agr.wa.gov ) for samples of past recommendations. Your county noxious weed control board and WSU cooperative extension agent are also good sources of information. Thank you for your interest in protecting Washington’s resources from the devastating impact of noxious weeds!
2. Oregon State Weed Board information

To: OSWB Grant Cooperators
From: Oregon Dept. of Ag (ODA) Staff and The Oregon State Weed Board (OSWB)
Re: Passage of Measure 76 and the impact on the OSWB Grant Program
With the passage of Ballot Measure 76 comes change to the OSWB Grant Program. The Measure changes direction of how Lottery Funds will be administered.
The biggest change for The OSWB Grant Program is that the funds for the program will reside within The Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board’s (OWEB) budget. The ODA and the OSWB will continue to administer the OSWB grants, but will be working closely with OWEB whom will be responsible for issuance of payments.
ODA/OSWB is requesting proposals for the first cycle of the 2011-2013 cycle and the 24th cycle over all. ODA is working in concert with OWEB on the details for the new process concerning the OSWB Grant Program, as the details are fine tuned we will keep you informed and if you are funded com September 2011 it is likely that additional requirements will be asked of you. During this transition ODA and OWEB will strive to make this process simple with as little impact on the outstanding noxious weed control efforts this grant program has been successful for over the last 10 years. If you have any questions or concerns we are here to answer them at anytime just give us a call.

3. Oregon Launches Online Invasive Species Database
SALEM, Oregon—After two years of surveying scientists and land managers and engaging the help of partners across the United States, Oregon has launched iMapInvasives http://www.imapinvasives.org/orimi/map/, an online, GIS-based invasive species reporting and querying tool. iMapInvasives, developed through a partnership between The Nature Conservancy, NatureServe, the New York Natural Heritage Program, Florida Natural Areas Inventory, and Oregon Biodiversity Information Center, will help land managers, regional planners, and others who are working to prevent, control or manage invasive species to accurately and quickly record and track where all types of invasive plants, animals, fish, and diseases are found.

For more information about how to use iMapInvasives, visit Portland State University’s Oregon Biodiversity Information Website at http://orbic.pdx.edu/invasives.html.
The site contains background information, frequently asked questions, and training videos.

4. Conferences and Workshops

1) Columbia Basin Landscapes Workshop:
Linking Science and Management to
Improve Restoration Success in the Shrub Steppe

April 26-28th, 2011
Red Lion Columbia Center, Kennewick, WA
http://www.friendsofmcrwr.org/events.shtml

2) Invasive Species Conference at the Pacific Northwest Economic Region Summit meeting in Portland in July.
The conference will address:
· Regional invasive species issues, prioritizing efforts across the region, identifying significant obstacles, and prioritizing obstacles.
· Cost-effective, proactive, shared regional strategies and commitments to adequately fund and implement the highest priority invasive species control and prevention efforts in the region
· A shared understanding of, and support for, legislation that will provide the Pacific Northwest with adequate protections from invasive species

Featured Keynote Speakers:
Paul Heimowitz - “Coordinating regionally for zebra/quagga mussels”
Sarah Reichard, University of Washington - “How do we harmonize noxious weeds lists in the region?”
Alan Kanaskie, Oregon Department of Forestry - “The future of Sudden Oak Death control in the Pacific Northwest”
Conference organizers have created a one-day conference rate for those of you that want to attend only the invasive species conference portion of the summit – the cost is $150, which includes lunch.
"A Toast to Innovation" PNWER 21st Annual Summit- Portland, Oregon

5. Job openings
1) Plant Division is recruiting for a Natural Resource Specialist 2, Intregrated Weed Management Specialist, located in southwest Oregon. This is a full time, permanent position, and will be open through April 30, 2011.
Please see the complete announcement and instructions for applying on the web site at Natural Resource Specialist 2

2) Available position in Pacific County - Director of Vegetation Management - Pacific County has an opening for the position of Director of Vegetation Management to oversee the activities and operations of the Department of Vegetation Management, under the direction of the Board of Pacific County Commissioners and the Pacific County Noxious Weed Control Board. Position manages a broad scope of programs including facilitating meetings of the Noxious Weed Control Board, managing control and enforcement of noxious weeds and other vegetation along public roadways and on private property, leading County efforts in the eradication of Spartina alterniflora and other aquatic weeds, supervision of weed control crews, departmental budget preparation, and grant writing and management.
Minimum Qualifications: Two years of college level coursework with emphasis in agriculture, forestry, or a closely related field; Four years progressively responsible experience in the field of agriculture, forestry or closely related area, including experience working with government agencies, pesticide laws, and weed science; and One year of supervisory experience. Requires valid Drivers’ License, Public Pesticide Operator’s License, Public Pesticide Consultant’s License, and Aquatic Applicator’s License. This is a non-represented exempt management position.
Application and information may be obtained at the Pacific County Website: www.co.pacific.wa.us. Proposed salary: Management Grade 14 ($3,708 - $4,719 / mo.) Call (360) 875-9337, between 7:30 AM and 4:00 PM, for an application packet and complete position description. The position is opened until filled. A first review of applications will take place on April 27, 2011. Pacific County is an equal opportunity employer.

3) Project Manager and Technician - These are short-term positions that would start with the Nature Conservancy and then get transferred to the Center for Natural Lands Management. That transition is scheduled for 1 July. Pay for the positions is competitive. The timing of the positions is slightly different with the Manager position starting 1 June (possibly earlier if available) and continuing till Oct 15th. The technician would start 1 July and continue till Oct 1st. Contact Pat Dunn for more information.
Patrick Dunn
South Sound Program Director
pdunn@tnc.org
(360) 956-9713 (Phone)
(360) 584-2408 (Mobile)
(360) 956-9445 (Fax)

Technician - KNotweed control SPECIALIST
8054 – Conservation Practitioner II

Olympia, WA
The Conservation Practitioner II participates in preserve operations, maintenance and management. This may include one or more of the following functions:
· Maintains preserve areas frequented by the visiting public
· Removes exotic species and/or species monitoring
· Livestock management
· Prescribed burns assistance
· Maintains tools and equipment
· Opens and closes preserve to the visiting public
The Knotweed Control Specialist will work with a team in the control of knotweed along rivers and streams in the South Puget Sound region of Washington. Control efforts include monitoring and control of pest plants, monitoring native vegetation, and mechanical and chemical control of pest plants, especially knotweed. The Specialist will instruct other members of the Knotweed Control Team in their specialty. The Specialist will also work with project leaders to plan and lead the implementation of tasks in their specialty. The position entails strenuous physical activity, travel on rivers and streams and use of chemical herbicides. The Knotweed Control Team Member is a seasonal full-time non-exempt position supervised by the Knotweed Control Project Manager.

Project Manager - KNOTWEED Control PROJECT MANAGER
8055 – Conservation Practitioner III

Olympia, WA
The Conservation Practitioner III participates in preserve operations including the maintenance, management and development and coordination of conservation programs. This may include one or more of the following functions:
· Leads work teams and supervises staff
· Furthers the Conservancy’s strategic goals
· Coordinates community support
· Implements preserve management plans
· Maintains preserve areas frequented by the visiting public
· Removes exotic species and/or monitors & researches species
· Maintains tools and equipment
· Operates heavy machinery
· Opens and closes preserve to the visiting public

The Knotweed Control Project Manager will develop proposals, plans and recruit and lead a team in the control of knotweed-infested sites along the rivers and streams in the South Puget Sound region of Washington. Control efforts include monitoring and control of pest plants, monitoring native vegetation, and mechanical and chemical control of pest plants, especially knotweed. The Knotweed Control Project Manager will participate in the Chehalis River Aquatic Weed Working Group and coordinate activities with the partners represented in the group. The Manager will lead outreach efforts to private and public landowners in order to educate about the threat of knotweed and to obtain needed legal access to properties to control knotweed. The position entails strenuous physical activity, travel on rivers and streams and use of chemical herbicides. The Knotweed Project Manager is a short-term full-time exempt position supervised by the South Sound Program Director.
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