1. Mad River Buffer Project
In recent decades, invasive Japanese knotweed has colonized vast stretches of the banks of the Mad River, especially in areas where the riparian canopy has been removed. The knotweed poses problems for establishing stream buffers. With funding from a Department of Environmental Conservation Watershed grant and technical assistance from The Nature Conservancy, Friends of the Mad River (FMR) plans to establish a riparian buffer in a knotweed infested area on town land in Waitsfield. Herbicides will not be used. Instead, FMR plans to plant a mix of 8-foot tall trees throughout the entire area, and use mechanical cutting to manage knotweed for 3 years after the trees are planted. By the third year post-planting, the trees should be tall enough to out-compete the knotweed for sun. As the trees mature, the riparian canopy should be restored in this area. FMR hopes to demonstrate a viable method for removing knotweed without using herbicides. This site will become a WOW!demonstration site for the Wise on Weeds program. (From Caitrin Noel, Friends of the Mad River)
2. Article in "Fisheries" on AIS boat transport study
There is an excellent article in the March edition of Fisheries journal that identifies trailered boats as an important vector in the spread of AIS. This
article reviews different spread prevention boat cleaning methods (high pressure wash, visual inspection, etc.) and discusses the different types of water craft users (guides, recreational boaters, and those that leave their boats in one body of water for most of the season).
Citation: Rothlisberger, J.D., Chadderton, W.L., McNulty, J. and Lodge, D.M. 2010. Aquatic Invasive Species Transport via Trailered Boats: What Is Being Moved, Who Is Moving It, and What Can Be Done. Fisheries 35(3): 121-132.(From Med Modley, Lake Champlain Basin Program)
3. Where Have All the Monarch Butterflies Gone?
Published: 20 March 2010
For the beloved monarch butterfly, these are dire times. "Across the country, we're looking at the lowest returning monarch population we've ever seen," said Chip Taylor, professor of entomology at the University of Kansas and the director of Monarch Watch, a group that tracks the butterflies. "It's a bit curious as to the reason we're seeing such precipitous declines, but we do have theories." Theories include degradation of the eastern monarch's wintering grounds, loss of breeding habitat (milkweed is vital for the survival of the monarch, and is often removed or killed off with pesticides when wild lands are adapted for other uses), climate change and a drop in the percentage of females over the past few decades.
For the full article go to: http://www.aolnews.com/
4. Mortgages refused over invasive knotweed
By Richard Gray, Science Correspondent
Published: 9:00PM GMT 13 Mar 2010, England
Home buyers are being denied a mortgage by banks and building sites because the property they are trying to purchase has been affected by an invasive garden weed.For full article go to: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/
5. Unwanted, unloved and living here: If it slithers, stings, eats or just grows, the state wants invasive species gone
By BRIAN NEARING, Staff writer
First published in print: Thursday, April 8, 2010 ALBANY -- The state is compiling a hit list of invasive plants, animals and insects -- from exotic invaders like a voracious Chinese fish to ornamental shrubs available at the local nursery. http://www.timesunion.com/
RESOURCES & LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES
6. Calendar of Events from Vermont Woodlands:
· Wetlands, Soils, and Water Quality Protection, April 24th 9:00AM – 3:30PM
For details and registration http://vermontwoodlands.org/
· Wildlife Habitat: Creation, Protection, Enhancement, June 5th 9:00AM-3:30PM
Maximum: 30 people. For details and registration http://vermontwoodlands.org/
· Invasive Plants, August 28, 2010 with Sam Schneski and Bill Guenther, Windham and Windsor County Foresters.
Timber, Road, and Trail Construction and Maintenance, October 2, 1010 with Markus Bradley, Consulting Forester.
· Sugarbush Walk, April 17th 1-4PM, W. Fletcher
Tour host: Nancy Patch. No cost. Pre-registration is required. Contact Trish at 802-747-7900 or email@example.com
· Wildflowers in Your Woods, May 15th 8:30AM – 12:30PM, Starksboro
Tour host: Steve Eustis. Co-sponsored by VWA and VT Coverts. No cost. Space is limited. Pre-registration required. Contact Lisa at 802-338-3880 or firstname.lastname@example.org
· Forest Bird Habitat Assessment, July 10th 8:30AM – 12:00 PM, S. Strafford
Tour Host: Dave Paganelli. No limit. No registration required.
7. A presentation (total time 1 Hour 14 Minutes) titled ‘NYS Native Species in the Landscape (for the most challenging site conditions)’ by Donald Leopold (SUNY-ESF) has been posted at the following location: https://nethope.webex.com/
8. Woodstock Conservation Commission presents: Invasive Plant Workshop on April 21, 2010, 7:00 pm at the Town Hall.
Invasive woodland species are changing Woodstock’s working forests and natural areas. Come and learn what invasive plants are, why they are a problem, and how you can help be part of the solution. The evening will begin with a presentation, followed by a community discussion. The Nature Conservancy’s Invasive Species Coordinator, Sharon Plumb, will share ideas about how other community groups have developed local solutions to the problem. The Woodstock Conservation Commission, Marsh Billings National Historical Park, the Vermont Land Trust, and Vermont Institute of Natural Science will be on hand to share invasive plant management activities they will be undertaking in the coming year.
Call Michael Brands at 457-3456 for more information.
9. Montpelier Conservation Commission Presents: Invasive Plant Workshop June 10, 2010, 7 pm. City Hall
Invasive woodland species are changing Montpelier riparian areas, city parks and conserved lands. Come and learn what invasive plants are, why they are a problem, and how you can help be part of the solution. The evening will begin with a presentation, followed by a community discussion. The Nature Conservancy's Invasive Species Coordinator, Sharon Plumb, will share ideas about how other community groups have developed local solutions to the problem. The Montpelier Conservation Commission and the Vermont Land Trust will be on hand to share invasive plant management activities they will be undertaking in the coming year.
Presented by the Montpelier Conservation Commission. For more information, call Kris Hammer at 262-1222 for info.
10. Invasives and Safe Beautiful Alternatives
FRIDAY, JUNE 25th 2:30 - 3:30 at the Golden Eagle, Stowe
Nurseries, perennial beds and borders are filled with tempting plants of every size, color and shape. Come and learn about which plants to choose, which to avoid, and how the choices you make will increase your chances of seeing butterflies, bees, and birds. Presented by Sharon Plumb, Invasive Species Coordinator, Nature Conservancy Go to http://www.
11. Save the date! Invasives 101 for Road Crews, June 16, Richmond, Vermont
Road crews from the region are invited to attend. Presented by Sharon Plumb, Invasive Species Coordinator, The Nature Conservancy. Sponsored by Vermont Local Roads. Location and time TBD. http://www.vermontlocalroads.
12. VT Coverts accepting applicants for spring trainings
Go to http://www.vtcoverts.org/ for more information.
October 3-7, 2010 | Hotel Northampton | Northampton, Massachusetts (USA)
"Exploring the benefits of classical biological control for forests, wetlands, grasslands, and deserts"
This meeting will explore the benefits of classical biological control for the control of invasive insects and plants in natural forests, and associated habitats such as wetlands, grasslands, and deserts. Applications to islands and other natural systems will also be included. The meeting will not address other forms of biological control (e.g., augmentation, conservation, biopesticides), nor will it address use of biological control in plantation forestry. The meeting will appeal to biological control scientists, conservationists, invasion biologists, and land managers. The meeting is supported by the USDA Forest Service (Forest Health Technology Enterprise Team,), USDA, ARS, the National Park Service, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, and the mid Atlantic Exotic Pest Plant Council. This meeting continues the series started with the 1st International Workshop on Biological Control of Invasive Species of Forests, held September 20-25, 2007 in Beijing. http://svinetfc2.fs.fed.us/
14. Help TNC remove invasives in Richmond and Charlotte
Volunteers are requested to stay for a minimum of 3.5 hours per day (4 hours including lunch), but you're welcome to stay longer. No previous experience is necessary, we'll provide training, tools, knee pads, gloves, and snacks. Volunteers must be capable of moderate physical activity that includes bending over and/or kneeling on the ground.
Richmond Rivershore – removing Garlic Mustard
May 1, from 2:00-5:00pm
May 3, 5, 7 and 19, from 8:30am – 4:30pm
Williams Woods in Charlotte – removing Garlic Mustard
May 10, 11, 12, 13,
June 2, from 8:30am - 4:30pm
Richmond Rivershore – removing knotweed
May 25, 26, 27 from 8:30am - 4:30pm
To sign up, please contact Ron Wild, AmeriCorps Volunteer Coordinator, The Nature Conservancy, Montpelier, VT
email@example.com (802) 229-4425 Ext. 111 (Phone office)
15. Lake George Association
Position: Lake Steward (4 positions), Lake Steward Program Assistant Coordinator (1 position)
Deadline to apply: Applications reviewed as received. Posting will remain open until positions are filled.
Internship Date: Mid-May through Mid-August 2010
5 days/week, Wed-Sun. 8 hour work day. Hours may fluctuate based on time of year, scheduled boating events, and weather.
• Must be able to start by Monday, May 17th
• End date flexible based on school schedules (mid-August – Sept)
• Pay rate is $9/hour. (Pay for assistant coordinator is $11/hr).
• Lake steward is responsible for their own housing and transportation to work location.
Spend your summer outdoors on beautiful Lake George. Help protect the lake by interacting with lake users and educating them about invasive species and other water quality issues. Stewards will provide public outreach and education about the threats of ecologically harmful aquatic invasive species to the waters of Lake George and other waterways. They will help stop the introduction and transport of invasive species by boats and trailers by conducting visual inspections and interviewing boaters. Other related duties as assigned.
Main Duties: Educate the public on invasive species, Distribute written information to watercraft users, Inspect watercraft for invasive species, Conduct a verbal survey and inspection inventory, Enter collected data in database and write summary report. (The assistant coordinator will oversee the daily activities of the lake stewards, perform outreach to local marinas about invasive species, and will also perform many of the same lake steward duties).
Contact: Emily DeBolt, Director of Education, Lake George Association, PO BOX 408, Lake George NY 12814. Email: edebolt@lakegeorgeassociation.
16. Paul Smith’s College Watershed Stewardship Program: Watershed Stewards
For information go to the following link: http://www.paulsmiths.edu/
17. Positions Available at Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP in Woodstock, Vermont:
SCA Lead Invasive Plant Management Intern (1-year appointment)
This 1-year Student Conservation Association intern position will work extensively with the park and its partners on invasive plant management.
Responsibilities: Prepare a program and supervise a crew of 3-4 workers in invasive plant identification, inventory, and management. Learn and teach the crew the identification and proper techniques for invasive plant management. Inventory and map invasive plant locations and remove plants as appropriate. Provide written reports on work progress, inventory of plant locations to be treated or monitored in the future.
Qualifications and Skills: 18 or older; knowledge of invasive plant identification and management; experience with supervising and motivating youth crews; keeping detailed records and preparing reports; ability to conduct field inventories; project planning; ability to use basic technological equipment such as computers and global positioning systems; ability to use hand tools and supervise the use of hand tools by others; willingness to learn herbicide application and use herbicides on a limited basis in the field.
For an application and information on benefits, visit: www.thesca.org Position Code: 11295 One position open 2010 (an additional 1-year position will be available starting April 2011) Inquires about position responsibilities can be directed to: Kyle Jones, Park Ecologist, 802.457.3368x30
SCA Summer Invasive Plant Management Corps (10 week appointment)
Participate in a 3-member crew for invasive plant identification, inventory, and management at the national park.
Responsibilities: Inventory and map invasive plant locations and remove plants as appropriate through the safe use of hand tools. Will contribute to written reports on work progress, inventory of plant locations to be treated or monitored in the future.
Qualifications and Skills: 18 or older; ability to communicate and work well with others; ability to learn to use hand tools and identification and
management of invasive plant species in field conditions.
Benefits: $75/week plus housing, Americorps award.
Starts June 14th
For an application and information on benefits, visit: www.thesca.org Position Code: 11329
Up to four internships available in 2010 (an additional 3 to 4 positions will also be available summer 2011)
Inquires about position responsibilities can be directed to: Kyle Jones, Park Ecologist, 802.457.3368x30
Vermont Youth Conservation Corps - Community Crew Leaders
Lead a dynamic team of diverse local youth to address key conservation projects at the national park and learn about the ecology and history of this nationally unique site. Responsibilities: Serve as a teacher, work supervisor, and a role model for a crew of 10 young adults. Together with another leader, professionally manage high priority conservation work projects at the national park, teach young adults life and job skills, facilitate crew education and leadership development, oversee the health and safety of crew, and uphold VYCC work policies.
Qualifications: Minimum age of 22; background in education, parks and recreation management, environmental studies, or related fields; leadership experience with diverse groups of young people in the outdoors; excellent organizational and communication skills; strong work ethic and ability to work long days in challenging conditions; Standard First Aid/CPR or equivalent; good driving record and valid drivers license.
Benefits: $430 - 500/week depending on experience; training stipend ($200-$250 per week while in training sessions)
Starts May 24th, ends August 9th
For an application and information about the position, visit: www.vycc.org
or contact Katherine at 802.434.3969x135 or firstname.lastname@example.org Position description: Woodstock Community Crew Leader One position available
Vermont Youth Conservation Corps - Community Crew Members
Be part of a ten-member team tackling a diversity of conservation projects at the national park.
Responsibilities: conduct high priority conservation work projects at the national parks, including trail maintenance, invasive plant management, native plant restoration, forest management, and more; participate in daily and weekly VYCC activities including team building workshops and evaluations; learnabout the national park and community resources; contribute to a highly motivated and functional crew; abide by all VYCC rules and policies.
Qualifications: Ages 16 to 24; strong desire to work hard and make a difference; open to learning and receiving feedback; ability to work long hours both indoors and outdoors in all types of weather.
Benefits: $322.40 per week; opportunity to earn academic or internship credits.
Starts June 21st, ends August 6th, meets Monday through Friday 7:45-5:15.
For an application and information about the position, visit: www.vycc.org or call 802.434.3969x200
Position description: Woodstock Community Crew Up to 10 corps member positions available.
Open to local high school students interested in exploring careers in the National Park Service and allied fields.
Responsibilities: Work as part of a team of National Park rangers; serve as a national park liaison at park visitor centers and special park events; assist with hands-on work projects in a diversity of park divisions (interpretation, resource management, facilities management, cultural resources); participate in leadership and skill development workshops and mentoring.
Qualifications: Local high school junior or graduating senior at least 16 years of age; ability to work with a diversity of people in a public setting;
strong interest in learning about careers in the National Park Service or allied fields; willingness to work outdoors.
Benefits: $320 per week; National Park uniform
Starts June 21st, ends August 6th
For information on the position, contact Tim Maguire, Chief of Visitor Services at 802.457.3368x18 or Tim_Maguire@nps.gov Up to 2 positions available.
18. Giant Hogweed Technicians in New York State
Up to five giant hogweed control pesticide technician positions within the Division of Lands & Forests will be located out of one of several Regional DEC offices in Regions 7, 8 and 9 (Allegany, Avon, Bath, Cortland, Reinstein Woods (Depew), West Almond). The position’s duties involve fieldwork collecting information on and implementing control of invasive plants (giant hogweed) within central and western NY using herbicide as a control method. Working under a commercial pesticide applicator, the pesticide technician will be assisting with the implementation of the chemical portion of a statewide giant hogweed control strategy on public and private lands. For more information contact Naja Kraus at: email@example.com or 845-255-1701
The Monthly Invasives Update is distributed by The Vermont Chapter of Nature Conservancy’s Wise on Weeds! program. If you would like to receive the newsletter, have a news item, upcoming workshop, job or volunteer opportunity or anything else you’d like others to know about, please contact Sharon Plumb at firstname.lastname@example.org.