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Global Invasive Species Team listserve digest #114
Fri Feb 07 2003 - 14:46:12 PST

1. Reminder: National Invasive Weed Awareness Week (Global, planet Earth)
2. TNC-Oregon Weed Database (Global, planet Earth)
3. Rapid assessments of invasive species (Nationwide, USA)
4. Coronilla varia and zebra mussel map (Nationwide, USA)


1. Reminder: National Invasive Weed Awareness Week (Global, planet Earth)
From: Elizabeth Sklad

Just a reminder to TNC staff about the National Invasive Weed Awareness
Week IV (NIWAW) 2003!

 * NIWAW is the week of February 24-27, 2003, in Washington, DC
 * ISI will host an all-hands meeting for TNC staff on the morning of
    Thursday, February 27! We will spend time comparing notes on our
    progress in the implementation of the ISI and learning from each
    other our successes and failures.
 * Learn about the current status of national and regional invasive weed
    activities, network with your peers, and meet Agency and
    Congressional staff.
 * Schedule visits with Senators/Representatives/Hill staff (not only to
    meet and get to know them, but to express opinions about and ask them
    the status of current invasive species legislation). Contact Chris
    Jauhola (WO/GR Invasive Species Initiative liaison) at 703-841-4229
    or cjauhola(at)tnc.org to set this up!
 * Go to http://ficmnew.fws.gov/iwac/niwaw%20iv/index.html for more
 * Contact Elizabeth Sklad for any further information.


2. TNC-Oregon Weed Database (Global, planet Earth)
From: Mandy Tu (imtu(at)tnc.org)

The Nature Conservancy in Oregon has been developing a MS Access Weed
Database that can help you to easily track your weed occurrences,
assessments and treatments over time. The database is very easy to use,
and can automatically produce reports (weeds by site, weed occurrences by
state, weed reports in NAWMA standards, pesticide use reports, etc.). The
really COOL part of this database, is that it is fully compatible and
synchronized with a Palm OS personal digital assistant (PDA unit) with a
GPS attached unit. So this means that you can look at your data on your
desktop, download all the info that you need onto your PDA, take it into
the field, collect data, then automatically upload everything that you
entered in the field onto your desktop with the push of one button! GIS
data points collected in the field can also automatically be imported into
ArcInfo! The status of this new database is that it is ready for use
(although we are still updating parts of it), but TNC-Oregon cannot
provide the technical support for it. We are in the process of submitting
a proposal to the Information Systems Team at the Worldwide Office for
tech support.

If you are TNC staff, and are interested in using this database
(site, state, regional office, etc.), and I will include you on our list
of interested folks within TNC.

I need your information by 12 February. Providing me with your information
does not bind you into any agreement, but will help me assess interest in
this system.

If funded, this database system will likely not be in place for this
upcoming field season, but may be available by 2004. Thanks for your


3. Rapid assessments of invasive species (Nationwide, USA)
From: Betsy Lyman (blyman(at)tnc.org)

Our Pennsylvania chapter is groundtruthing sites within a large river
basin assessing the the areas that were picked in the ecoregional planning
process. We are working out a rapid ecological assessment protocol, but do
not yet have a protocol for rapidly assessing the impacts of invasive
species on these sites, which would be done in conjunction with the
ecological assessment. Has anyone done any sort of rapid invasive species
assessments or know of anyone or any resource that we could look to? We
would appreciate any input you could send us.


4. Coronilla varia and zebra mussel map (Nationwide, USA)
From: Barry Rice (bamrice(at)ucdavis.edu)

Two notes:

**A new species management document ("Element Stewardship Abstract") has
been prepared by WIST's inestimable Mandy Tu. To learn about Coronilla
varia (Crown vetch) see:

**WIST's Tunyalee Martin recently pointed me to a pretty cool animated map
showing the expansion of the range of zebra mussels (Dreissena polymorpha)
from 1988-1999. It requires shockwave to view.

(I love this kind of stuff!)

Updated March 2003
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