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Global Invasive Species Team listserve digest #075
Wed Jan 17 2001 - 13:08:22 (PST)

1. Weed events calendar (Nationwide)
2. Native Seed Conference (Florida)
3. Fire and Microstegium vimineum/Vinca major (Kentucky)
4. Biocontrol Grant Program deadlines approach (Nationwide)
5. Excellent pesticide link and success stories too! (Nationwide)


1. Weed events calendar (Nationwide)
From: Jil Swearingen (jil_swearingen(at)nps.gov)

I have created an electronic calendar to help us all keep track of
important meetings, workshops and events related to invasive plants. To
access the Weeds Gone Wild calendar, go to:

If you have important weedy events, please send me an email with all the
pertinent information, including an email for a contact and a url to a web
site for the event if available. In the future, I will figure out how to
let others enter these events and provide instructions. Please feel free
to call me if you have questions.


2. Native Seed Conference (Florida)
From: John Randall (jarandall(at)ucdavis.edu)

Native Seed Conference Announcement

Seeds for the Future, a national native wildflower and grass seed
production conference will be held in ORLANDO on April 19-20, 2001. For
registration information, please call Nancy at (850) 922-7206.

The demand for regionally adapted native wildflower and native grass seed
exceeds the supply, a gap that will widen given the growing interest in
restoration of natural habitat, use of native plants, conservation,
ecotourism, and recent policy directives at the federal, State and local

This conference will highlight the status and needs of the native seed
industry as well as those of consumers in the private and public sectors.
Issues to be addressed will be of interest to: those involved or
interested in producing native seed, farmers seeking alternative crops;
agencies at all levels affected by native plant policies; those involved
with restoration or mitigation; and commercial and residential developers
seeking natural aesthetic solutions.

Topics will include: technical information; seed certification and
standards; market research; western, midwest, southern, and eastern
producers' how-tos shared, and more. This practical conference will also
serve to network potential producers/consumers in this emerging market.


3. Fire and Microstegium vimineum/Vinca major (Kentucky)
From: Augusta Mazyck (kmazyck(at)tnc.org)

I was wondering whether or not anyone had tried using fire to control
Microstegium vimineum and/ or Vinca major. In Kentucky we have both these
creeping into a patch of Trifolium stoloniferum (Running buffalo clover),
a federally listed plant. This, of course, makes herbicide use a little
tricky. Since fire is probably something the clover would respond well to,
we may try to use it to combat the invasives.

I know that both the Microstegium and the Vinca may be hard to get a fire
through since they both grow in wet shady places, but was wondering if
anyone had tried to burn them before. My main concern is the Microstegium,
because it responds so well to disturbance. I know that we may have to do
a post-fire herbicide application, but maybe we can use a lighter
concentration if we knock it first with fire in the spring and deplete
some of its resources. Any comments or insight would be appreciated- I
can't find any info on burning either of these exotics in the


4. Biocontrol Grant Program deadlines approach (Nationwide)
From: Barry Rice (bamrice(at)ucdavis.edu)

The deadline (postmark 29 January 2001) approaches for USDA National
Biological Control Institute grants. Quoting from their information...

* Offers funding to conduct programs and form partnerships in biological
  control of agricultural and environmental pests.
* Funding available under this program generally limited to proposals
  under $15,000.

Another program of theirs has a postmark 12 February deadline:

* Offers funding to projects that facilitate information, education, and
  communication needs in biological control.
* Funding available under this program generally limited to proposals
  under $5,000.

The "Request for Proposals" (RFPs) can be read/downloaded from the web:

Incidentally, in conflict with the brochure we got in the mail, the above
web site claims the second grant program mentioned above has a due date of
18 February, but it also claims it is in 2000 (not 2001) so I would not
trust it.


5. Excellent pesticide link and success stories too! (Nationwide)
From: Barry Rice (bamrice(at)ucdavis.edu)

Mandy Tu (Wildland Invasive Species Team) found a most excellent web
site filled with state contact information for State Pesticide Regulatory


Also, we have recently uploaded to the WIST web site FIVE "Success
Stories" for invasives work that has been done in California, Oregon, and


We would like to add more, so if you are proud of your program's work on
invasive species prevention, education, control, restoration, etc.,
contact us and we can put your story on the web. You will be the envy of
your program. Maybe you'll get a big fat raise!

Updated January 2001
©The Nature Conservancy, 2001