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National Invasive Species Awareness Week, Feb. 26-Mar. 1, 2018 and Local Weed Wrangles in Tennessee
Organizations and individuals concerned about non-native invasive plants and animals from across the nation converge on Washington, D.C., once a year to state their case to lawmakers. Visit the NISAW Web site for information on Washington events, Webinars, and a NISAW Toolkit. During this same week, many other state and local events take place throughout the country. In Tennessee, many Weed Wrangles are planned Saturday, March 3, in local communities and state parks. A few are scheduled on other dates throughout the year. Check the links above for locations and further information.
Natural Areas Association 2018 Pollinator Webinar Series
NAA, with support from the U.S. Forest Service is sponsoring a series of webinars related to pollinators and natural areas management March 7, March 21, April 4, and April 18. The series will cover a wide range of topics, and the second talk on March 21 will cover prairie restoration including the timing and coverage of prescribed burns and herbicide application to minimize negative impacts on invertebrates. The second talk on April 4 will address rights-of-way. For more information and to register, visit the Natural Areas Association Web site.
TN-IPC List Revision, Public Comments and Response
The Tennessee Invasive Plant Council revised its list of invasive plant species in Tennessee and their category designations after months of research and peer review. The proposed list was posted for public review and comment over several weeks late last year. The new list, category designations, public comments, and TN-IPC’s responses may be viewed on this page. TN-IPC will have print documents of the new list available for download in the very near future and will also update and restructure the Invasive Plants Web page on this site.
TN-IPC 2018 Board Meetings
The next board meeting will be in May. Date, time, and location are not yet determined.
Post-Fire Planting Guide for Gatlinburg, TN
TN-IPC and Tennessee Native Plant Society developed the following landscape planting guide for residents in and around Gatlinburg, TN, affect by the wildfires in December 2016. This document points out 11 invasive plant species most likely to take advantage of this disturbance and how to recognize them as seedlings and young plants. In addition, it suggests several ornamental native plants as alternatives to the invasive species. Other agencies and organizations are also posting this document on their Web sites, including TNPS, Sevier County Master Gardeners Association, Friends of the Smokies, Great Smoky Mountains Association, Sevier County Wild Ones, and Burn Safe Tennessee. Download the Gatlinburg Post-fire Planting Guide.
TN-IPC in Tennessee
We’ve got a new name, new logo, new Web site, and new plant list, but our mission is the same: to improve public awareness of the serious threats non-native invasive plants pose to natural areas and provide solutions to manage those threats. TN-IPC is a chapter member of the Southeast Exotic Pest Plant Council and the national organization, National Association of Invasive Plant Councils.
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Farewell TN-IPC Newsletter
Our electronic newsletter is riding off into the sunset. TN-IPC will rely on social media, Facebook and Twitter, to share news items, informational articles, and relevant links on native as well as invasive plants. Many thanks to our board member Belinda Ferro for her work spanning four years to keep us better informed. All newsletter issues are archived here for review.
Wildland Weeds Available Online
Wildland Weeds, the official quarterly publication of the Florida and Southeast Exotic Pest Plant Councils and all affiliated chapters, is now available online, including all back issues dating to 1997. Articles cover current research, invasive plant biology, ecology and control methodology, taxonomy, impacts of exotic pest plants, and case studies. Wildland Weeds Library