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Practical Solutions Focus of October Upper Midwest Invasive Species Conference

Photo: Zebra mussels

Invasive species experts from across the Upper Midwest will convene in La Crosse, Wisconsin, in October for one the most comprehensive conferences to teach participants how to detect, identify, prevent and control the spread of nonnative harmful plants, animals and fish.

The fifth biennial Upper Midwest Invasive Species Conference will be October 16-19, 2016 at the La Crosse Center in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Wild parsnip, emerald ash borer, invasive carp and zebra mussels are among the dozens of organisms to be highlighted at the conference.

"Invasive species cause environmental damage, economic loss in the billions and harm to human health," said Doug Jensen, aquatic invasive species program coordinator at Minnesota Sea Grant and conference co-chair. "This conference brings together national and international experts and resources to offer basic information and discuss strategies to reduce the negative effects of invasive species."

Researchers, land managers, natural resource professionals, educators, students, landscapers, lake association members, agency employees and anyone interested in learning about invasive species are invited. The conference will include more than 250 presentations, several field trips, two plenary sessions, over 50 exhibitors and networking opportunities.

"It's the largest regional gathering for people working on research, management and control of invasive species in the Upper Midwest and one of the largest in the United States," said Jensen, who also co-chaired the first conference in 2008. "We expect about 600 people to attend this year."

The conference is designed to strengthen awareness of invasive species, promote prevention and highlight successful interventions. Several field trips on October 17 will tour scenic areas around La Crosse to showcase successful invasive species management and research in action.

Registration for the three-day conference is $250.00. Single-day rates, reduced rates for students and media passes are available. For information and registration, visit www.umisc.net or contact Belle Bergner at 414.967.1350 or bbergner@umisc.net.

Additional Contacts:

Doug Jensen, conference co-chair and invasive species program coordinator, Minnesota Sea Grant, djensen1@d.umn.edu, (218) 726-8712

Mark Renz, conference co-chair, extension weed specialist and assistant professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison, mrenz@wisc.edu, (608) 263-7437

Media Contact:

Marie Thoms, communications and public relations, Minnesota Sea Grant, methoms@d.umn.edu, 218-726-8710

Posted on September 19, 2016


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