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Invasive Species Learning Networks

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Eastern North America Invasives Network 
For reference purposes, logistics of the most recent meeting are archived below.
October 7-9, 2008 workshop announcement
Meeting agenda (dated 8/27/08)
Workshop and travel information
Registration Form (Due by Sept 5th)
Homework Assignment (Due by Sept 29th)
Information for optional WIMS training session

Western North America Invasives Network  

Freshwater Aquatics Invasives Network
A good idea that should come to pass!

Learning Networks & How They Work
TNC's Invasive Species Learning Networks bring together Conservancy staff, agency partners, and scientific experts in a series of facilitated, progressive workshops focused on abating the invasive species threat to our conservation objectives. Participants in our networks learn from each other as they progress through the development and implementation of their adaptive invasive species management plans ("the 5S process" in TNC terms) through homework assignments for their own project(s), then receive peer critique and feedback during workshops. As part of the network, participants are exposed to the variety of invasive species challenges faced by natural resources staff, and come away with knowledge of a multitude of ideas and effective strategies to ensure that on-the-ground successes translate into enduring results over the long-term and at multiple-scales. Finally, participants build lasting professional relationships, and the workshops are actually fun!

What People Are Saying About Learning Networks
"The Network inspired me to successfully push for statewide invasive species strategies for my chapter's annual and 3-year business plans (especially for prevention and EDRR strategies). I also learned to think beyond stewardship strategies, leading me to partner with GR and marketing staff." Jenn Allen, TNC-Virginia

"The Network Workshop has been the most helpful and fun exchange of ideas and information of any invasives workshop I have attended." Nancy Fraley, NPS SE-EPMT

"The Network inspired the TNC Florida Chapter to develop and initiate a regional strategy for addressing climbing ferns. We created a position, are obtaining public and private support funding, and have gotten the strategy incorporated into a multi-agency strategy" Doria Gordon, TNC-Florida

"the Network workshop affords me 'one stop shopping' amongst experts that I simply cannot afford within my project area." Steven Flint, TNC-New York

"Participation in the Network inspired me to convey lessons-learned with my state chapter in a one-day workshop, and also engage staff in other project offices to include invasive species threat abatement strategies in their fiscal year goals (and they have!)." Beth Bockoven, TNC-North Carolina

An Information Network
Information about our previous Network Workshops, and other GIST happenings, are posted on our moderated e-mail listserve. Learn more about our listserve here!

Voluntary Codes of Conduct in horticulture
All about the set of practices being adopted that will help stop invasions from horticulture.
Weed Information Management System (WIMS)
A fully-integrated hardware and software application for mapping invasives and tracking management actions.
Remote sensing
A review of remote sensing technology, as applied to invasive species detection and mapping.
Templates and examples
Adaptive management planning tools such as model plans for sites, weed control templates, etc. Very useful!
Volunteer coordination and public outreach
Powerpoint presentations on invasive species, weed pamphlets, on developing weed management areas, and more.

Other site resources

Conservation stories
Invasive species management is not impossible. Read these success stories and be inspired.
Assessments and regional plans
Assessments of invasive species issues for various operating units in The Nature Conservancy.
Weed Control Methods Handbook
An electronic handbook provides detailed information on the use of manual and mechanical techniques, grazing, prescribed fire, biocontrol, and herbicides, to help you control undesirable invasive plants.
Join our listserve to voice your frustrations and trumpet your successes.

Updated February 2009
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