Message from the President, March 2020

For the quarterly newsletter for NAISMA members.

Hello again from Clemson, South Carolina! Spring is rapidly approaching for everyone in the more southern latitudes. For those of you up North? Be patient, I guess … it’ll get there at some point.

Regarding the topic on the forefront of many of our minds: COVID-19. We’re in a very unique time in our lives as coronavirus has dominated everything around us. And, while I’m not going to tell you what to do or what personal choices to make in response to this issue (I’m not that kind of doctor), I am going to implore you to listen to trained medical experts on the subject. There’s a lot of misinformation out there, so please be careful and sensible in where you obtain your information.

Back to NAISMA! We have several people currently enrolled in our online invasive species management course, and we’re still updating our professional development opportunities. The Weed Free Forage & Gravel program keeps growing – look for upcoming changes to include mulch in this program. PlayCleanGo is also growing, and we’ve seen great success with this program, which is receiving a lot of support from a lot of different places. And, we have an active blog – one that includes NAISMA member profiles and recently featured our own President-Elect Chuck Bargeron who said – and I’m not making this up – “I believe I talk correctly and everyone else has a drawl.” To say this is worth a read would be an understatement.

Our webinar series continues to attract diverse audiences – tune in tomorrow (March 18) at 1 pm CST for a webinar about removing woody invasive plants using various herbicide techniques. Confused about when to use foliar, basal bark, or cut stump treatments? Dr. Stephen Enloe will teach you all the ins and outs of these methods as well as the different active ingredients available for use.

Do you know someone who should be a NAISMA member? NAISMA recently updated and slightly changed our membership options allowing more opportunities to get involved with our organization. And, we’re growing! Membership overall has more than doubled from last year, and the NAISMA mug promotion was a great success. We may have more of these events in the future!

The week of February 24 was NISAW, National Invasive Species Awareness Week, in the U.S. This was a week for invasive species awareness and advocacy, and featured daily webinars and the promotion of tools and resources for communicating with policy makers. NISAW part II will be the week of May 16 – look for our press release in coming weeks.

Again, remember that our 2020 annual conference is October 6-8 in Whitefish, MT at the doorstep to Glacier National Park. More details will follow as we get the agenda together. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates on everything NAISMA and invasive species identification and management.

Happy spring everyone!

Sincerely,

Dave Coyle

President, NAISMA

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