Maine Invasive Species Network (MISN) brings together both professionals and amateurs who are interested in understanding and managing invasive species in Maine.
Our members work, among other places, at the Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry, University of Maine, Nature Conservancy, Colby College, Unity College, Soil and Water Conservation Districts, Maine Lakes Society, several land trusts, and for private land management companies. We also have many citizens who are simply concerned about land stewardship and preservation of natural ecosystems.
MISN and this website were conceived in October 2009, when a group of 45 people met in Augusta at the first meeting to bring together people who work intensively on invasive plants, animals, and other invasive species in Maine.
Purpose of MISN
- serve as a communication tool;
- help members identify and pursue collaborative projects;
- support research on management of invasive species;
- map invasive species populations;
- present funding opportunities;
- exchange species-specific information;
- explore new tools to monitor populations;
- develop and distribute educational materials;
- provide outreach opportunities; and
- exchange database tools.
Check out webinars taking place May 18-21 during the 2020 National Invasive Species Awareness Week
2020 Maine Invasive Species Network Annual Meeting Has Been Cancelled
In the midst of a viral outbreak that makes all-day group gatherings ill advised, the MISN annual meeting at Colby College on 24 March has been cancelled. The planning team had a conference call on May 13 and decided to hold off the meeting until 2021. We are sad, but we want everyone to stay healthy.