2024 Annual Maine Invasive Species Network Meeting

Join us for the 2024 Annual Maine Invasive Species Network Meeting!MISN - Maine Invasive Species Network logo

Invasive species threaten our agriculture, landscapes, natural resources, and even our health. The annual Maine Invasive Species Network (MISN) meeting is the one time each year that Maine’s invasive species professionals come together for learning and networking. It is the goal of MISN to ensure we have a strong and well-connected cadre of practitioners, researchers, and educators. This benefits everyone with a stake in our state’s natural resources. Join us for the latest updates and discussion on the invasive pests threatening Maine.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Pesticide applicator and forestry credits are available for attending this program.

When: April 11, 2024, from 8:00 AM to 4:50 PM

Where: Wells Conference Center, University of Maine, 131 Munson Rd., Orono, ME

Price: $20

Seating is limited! Please register soon. The registration deadline is March 26, 2024. Hope to see you there!

Register here!


8:00 – 8:30 am | Registration, coffee, and refreshments

8:30 – 8:45 am | Welcome and Introductions

8:45 – 9:45 am | State of the State Roundtable by Taxa, Part 1

  • Agricultural Pests – David Handley & Alicyn Smart, University of Maine Cooperative Extension
  • Invasive Fish & Aquatic Wildlife – Dakota Stankowski, Maine Inland Fisheries & Wildlife
  • Marine – Jeremy Miller, Wells Reserve

9:45 – 10:15 am | Murder Hornets, Microbes, and Mites: Exotic Pests Impacting Honey Bees – Jennifer Lund, Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry

10:15 – 10:45 am | Lightning Round: Short Poster Presentations Various Presenters – TBD

10:45 – 11:00 am | AM Break & Visit Posters (coffee and tea provided)

11:00 am – 12:00 pm | Partnerships for Regional Invasive Species Management – Pros and Cons and the Struggle to Bring Them to Fruition – Kristopher Abell, Pennsylvania Governor’s Invasive Species Council, and Christopher Logue, Division of Plant Industry at New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets

12:00 – 1:00 pm | Lunch buffet (gluten-free and vegetarian options available)

1:00 – 2:30 pm | Concurrent Sessions

Room 1: Community Engagement

  • PRISMs in New York—How Do They Improve IS Management – Christopher Logue, Division of Plant Industry at New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets
  • Ash Protection Collaboration Across Wabanakik Update – John Daigle, University of Maine School of Forest Resources
  • Community Approach to BTM Management – Tom Schmeelk, Maine Forest Service
  • Discussion

Room 2: Invasives & Integrated Pest Management

  • Integrated Management of Terrestrial and Aquatic Invasive Plants – Paul Conti, Alligare LLC, and Ron Lemin, Nutrien Solutions
  • Biocontrol Updates (SWD/Swallowwort/Forest, EAB, HWA, WM) – Colleen Teerling, Maine Forest Service
  • What to Do When You Have Nothing You Can Do? – Brittany Schappach & Gabriel LeMay, Maine Forest Service
  • Discussion

2:30 – 2:45 pm | PM Break & Visit Posters (coffee and light refreshments provided)

2:45 – 3:45 pm | State of the State Roundtable by Taxa, Part 2

  • Forest Health Update –Mike Parisio, Maine Forest Service
  • Terrestrial Plants – Chad Hammer & Gary Fish, Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry
  • Aquatic Plants – John McPhedran, Maine Department of Environmental Protection

3:45 – 4:45 pm | Invasive Species and Climate Change in the Northeast (Northeast RISCC) – Jenica Allen, University of Massachusetts

4:50 pm | Wrap-Up & Adjourn

If you are a person with a disability and need an accommodation to participate, please contact Kerry Bernard at 207.581.3884, 800.287.0279 (in Maine), or kerry.bernard@maine.edu. Receiving requests for accommodations at least 10 days before the program provides a reasonable amount of time to meet the request, however, all requests will be considered. 

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