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Joint Minnesota and Wisconsin Conference Addressing Invasive Species Starts In Less Than One Week

This first ever, joint state conference will bring together researchers, land and water area managers, private property owners, consultants, students, and concerned citizens to work together and learn from each other to improve invasive species research and management.

MNWIISC 2010 will address both aquatic and terrestrial invasive species. Over 180 oral and poster presentations in six concurrent session tracks will provide nearly 50 distinct sessions on invasive species management issues for attendees to choose from.

Expected attendance is 550-600 people. Nearly 500 people are registered.

The conference is being co-hosted by the Minnesota Invasive Species Advisory Council, the Invasive Plants Association of Wisconsin, and the Midwest Invasive Plant Network, with the Soil and Water Conservation Society – Minnesota Chapter serving as the fiscal agent and website host.

New laws are in place in both Minnesota and Wisconsin regarding the possession and management of invasive species. Special sessions will teach attendees how the laws affect them.

Plenary presentations in the Great River Ballroom will discuss regional approaches, new techniques, and the politics of invasive species research and management. A Welcome Plenary will take place on Monday, November 8 from 10 am – 12 pm and a Luncheon Plenary on Tuesday, November 9 from 12:15 pm - 1:20 pm will feature the Carol Mortensen Award from the Minnesota Invasive Species Advisory Council.

Plenary speaker highlights include:

  • Troy Weldy from The Nature Conservancy – New York Chapter will talk about how New York created a state-wide invasive species program (Monday 10:30am).
  • Lindsay Chadderton from The Nature Conservancy’s Great Lakes Project will discuss the use of DNA testing to detect Asian Carp and other aquatic invasive species (Monday 11:00am).
  • Janet Clark, owner of Sweetgrass Consulting, will discuss the politics of invasive species, and opportunities for partnerships, publicity, and funding (Monday 11:30am).
  • Lee Frelich, Director of the Center for Hardwood Ecology at the University of Minnesota, will discuss how the interaction of invasive species and climate change may greatly affect forests (Tuesday 12:40PM).

Thirty-seven (37) of the Midwest’s and the Nation’s leading invasive management and restoration companies, agencies, and organizations will exhibit their products and services throughout the conference in Governors Hall. Lead sponsors include: Minnesota DNR, Wisconsin DNR, Dow AgroSciences, National Park Service, Minnesota Sea Grant, Wisconsin Sea Grant, Star Hill Jawz, The Nature Conservancy, Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association, University of Minnesota Extension and University of Wisconsin Extension.

Posted on November 1, 2010

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