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8th Maine Invasive Species Network Annual Meeting

Please mark your calendars for the 2018 Maine Invasive Species Network Annual Meeting:  Friday, March 16 at Maple Hill Inn & Conference Center in Hallowell 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Approved for 4 pesticide applicator recertification credits). Registration details should be out in February. Please feel free to pass this on.

Worms, Bugs and Fish–Oh My!

Friday, March 16, 2018 Maple Hill Inn and Conference Center Hallowell, ME

8:00-8:30 Registration, coffee + food

8:30-8:45 Welcome

8:45-9:45 State of the State Roundtable by taxa, part 1  (20 minutes each incl. Q&A)

  • Agricultural Pests—David Handley, University of Maine Cooperative Ext. C
  • Forest Pests – Colleen Teerling, DACF – MFS
  • Aquatic plants – Denise Blanchette, DEP

9:45-10:30 Report on—Crazy worms  Josef Gorges, University of Vermont

10:30-10:45 AM Break

10:45-11:30 Bill Cullina, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens–native alternatives to invasive plants

11:30-12:00 Biological Controls on Hemlock Wooly Adelgid and Winter and Browntail Moths Colleen Teerling, DACF – MFS

12:00-1:00 Lunch (provided)—Hot lunch buffet Pot Pies—Chicken and Vegetarian Options

1:00-2:00 State of the State Roundtable by taxa, part 2 (20 each, incl. Q&A)

  • Freshwater invasive fish—Frank Frost, IF&W
  • Terrestrial plants – Nancy Olmstead, DACF – MNAP
  • Marine invasive species – Jim Stahlnecker, DEP

2:00-2:45 Big Reed Project–Invasive Smelt removal from Atlantic Char waters in an isolated location in Northern Maine, Frank Frost (project leader), IF&W

2:45-3:00 PM Break

3:00-3:45 Case Study, What’s going on with our neighbors in NH? Invasives knocking on our door. Douglas Cygan, Invasive Species Coordinator, New Hampshire Department of Agriculture

3:45-4:00 Wrap Up MISN announcements—goals, upcoming meetings, online forum, etc

4:00 Adjourn

The 2018 Annual Meeting planning group includes Denise Blanchett (Maine Dept. of Environmental Protection), Mary Yurlina and Gary Fish (Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry), Rebecca Jacobs (Knox-Lincoln Soil and Water Conservation District) and Andrei Alyokhin at U-Maine is also advising and supporting us as MISN’s University of Maine liaison.