The organization behind National Invasive Species Awareness Week and the PlayCleanGo program is proud to offer 20+ hours of free webinar content through the month of April.

Are invasive species spreading across the places 

you manage?

The North American Invasive Species Management Association (NAISMA) is the continent’s authority on invasive species management.


We are here to serve invasive species managers, researchers, and policy makers through:

  • International and National Standards
  • Position Papers
  • Professional Development
  • Networking
  • Outreach Tools
  • Sharing Expertise

Explore our website and see what NAISMA can offer you.

Is there a service or resource you wish we offered? Become a member and join a committee to shape the future of invasive species management.


Webinar Library – NAISMA has 19 webinars available. All of them will be unlocked and free to view for the month of April.

These resources are ALWAYS FREE:

  • Early Detector – This enewsletter is always free and features invasive species news from around the continent.
  • Blog – You can always read NAISMA’s blog for free.
  • PlayCleanGo – An educational outreach program that offers turnkey marketing materials. We have many PlayCleanGo resources that are free to use.
  • NISAW – We are the leading organizer behind National Invasive Species Awareness Week. Our NISAW resources and webinars are always free to access.
  • Past Presentations – Access presentations given at our 2019 Annual Conference.


Be a part of the solution!

Join NAISMA, North America’s professional network of invasive species managers, and get access to even more resources. You’ll be supporting our mission to support, promote, and empower invasive species prevention and management.
You’ll also receive benefits to help support you in your career, such as: 
  • Members always have access to all webinar recordings
  • Receive a quarterly member newsletter
  • Access our members-only forum
  • 10% discount on annual conference registration
  • Registration fee waived for online ISM course
  • PlayCleanGo Starter Kit

Our mission is to support, promote, and empower invasive species prevention and management in North America.

We help our members implement invasive species management programs, and we won’t stop until North America’s lands and waters are protected from invasive species.

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20+ Hours of Free Invasive Species Webinars in the Month of April

You can help educate North America on invasive species during Earth Month!

Undoubtedly, you have been inundated with news and messages about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) that has shaken up all aspects of life. This is certainly a unique and frightening situation.

As we learn more and come to realize that this pandemic will continue to create disruptions, we want to connect with you—our members, partners, and community—and give you a sense of how NAISMA is adjusting to meet the needs of this situation.

Resources to Get You Through

Like so many of you, NAISMA’s staff is working from home for at least the next several weeks.

Therefore, to provide the invasive species management community with some extra resources, we are opening our webinar library to share our professional development and educational content with you.

These webinars are usually available to members only, but we’re making them free to all for the month of April.

If you are passionate about our mission to support invasive species prevention and management in North America, we ask you to join us. You’ll be able to access the webinar library long after the stay-at-home orders are lifted, and you’ll be supporting the largest association of invasive species managers in North America. 

Thank you,

Belle Bergner
Executive Director

Belle Bergner, NAISMA Executive Director

Please help us share these webinars: 

Available Webinars:

Invasive Species Organizations and Regulations 
Invasive Species Outreach
Invasive Species Prevention Tools
Aquatic Invasive Species Preventions and Management
Terrestrial Invasive Species Identification and Management

More from NAISMA:

The ABCs of Invasive Species Organizations

Presented by Chuck Bargeron, Co-Director, University of Georgia, Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health

Sometimes invasive species organizations can be as invasive as the organisms that they are trying to protect us from and educate us about. This webinar presentation will give an overview of the major national organizations and what their individual focus is. It will highlight the organizations’ scopes, membership and taxa on which they concentrate.

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Applying Behavioral Psychology to Stop Invasive Species

Presented by Ken Donnelly, Owner, Beyond Attitude Consulting

Many invasive species pathways include human behavior, like boating, hiking, and camping. Changing people’s behavior can be challenging, as anyone who has ever made a New Year’s resolution knows very well. Just because people think something should be done, doesn’t mean it will get done. Fortunately, the application of behavioral psychology greatly improves traditional communications programs in getting people to adopt the behaviors that interrupt pathways. People attending the webinar will learn how to apply behavioral psychology to nurture the behaviors that stop the spread of invasive species.

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Boot Brush Stations: Are They an Effective Tool for Preventing Invasive Species and Raising Awareness?

Presented by Chris Evans, Extension Forester, University of Illinois

Boot brushes stations are a popular tool used to raise awareness about invasive species and reduce the spread and establishment of new infestations. This webinar will discuss the boot brush stations, review a cooperative program in southern Illinois that installed boot brushes throughout the region, and highlight research that investigated if these stations were actually effective at removing seeds.

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Bridging the Gap Between Invasive Species Research and Management in New York State and Beyond

Presented by Carrie Brown-Lima, Director, NY Invasive Species Research Institute

The body of scientific literature surrounding invasive species and their impacts and management has increased substantially in recent decades. However, despite expanding knowledge and technological advances in the research sphere, a disconnect persists between research and management that can hinder the understanding and application of new solutions to on-the-ground invasive species challenges In an effort to bridge this gap, New York State has established the New York Invasive Species Research Institute (NYISRI), which serves to communicate and coordinate invasive species research to help prevent and manage the impact of invasive species in New York State. Through interactions with researchers and managers working with invasive species, NYISRI has identified strategic areas and developed initiatives to promote communication and research that addresses research-management gaps. This presentation will examine ways to promote the co-creation of knowledge to improve the scientific basis of invasive species management and policy development as well as will provide an overview of some of NYISRI’s initiatives and the work of the New York State invasive species network.

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Catching the “Unicorn:” Using Public, Private and Non Profit Partnerships to Help Tackle Aquatic Invasive Species

Presented by Ed Rudberg, Ph. D., CEO CD3, General Benefit Corporation

Due to the high cost of high pressure, heated water decontamination, reducing the spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS) often relies upon the adoption of best management practices at the individual level. However, until CD3’s 2017-2018 Waterless Cleaning Station Pilot, tools to implement best management practices were unavailable to boaters. The process for developing these tools was an example of how we caught a “unicorn,” via the elusive private, public and non-profit partnership. This presentation will outline the results of the pilot including usage rates, lessons learned, adoption rate, increases in compliance, and outline the future direction of the project.

More from NAISMA:

  • This webinar was part of our outreach for the February 2020 National Invasive Species Awareness Week, a nationwide event occurring in the spring to raise awareness of invasive species; and how people can prevent their spread to protect natural ecosystems for future generations.

Challenges and New Technology for Managing Invasive Fish

Presented by:

  • Matthew Neilson, staff scientist with the U.S. Geological Survey’s Non-Indigenous Aquatic Species Database Program
  • Joe Maroney, Director of Fishery and Water Resources, Kalispel Tribe of Indian
  • Janine Bryan, VP of Biological and Environmental Sciences at Whooshh Innovations
  • Kevin Irons, Aquatic Nuisance Species Program and Aquaculture Program Manager with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources

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How to Achieve Communication Goals for Reducing the Spread of Invasive Species

Presented by Jackie Lalley, Owner, YodelPop Marketing

Learn how to use the PlayCleanGo campaign to set, measure, and achieve communication goals for reducing the spread of invasive species for your own community and beyond. When you’re working to address invasive species, it can be hard to know that you’re making a difference. Whether you oversee communications and marketing as an agency leader or are “on the ground” creating materials and messages, this session will give you ways to measure the impact of your work by setting communications goals, gauging your progress toward those goals, and being part of a larger effort that reaches millions of people with the same message.

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How to Build a Boot Brush Station

Presented by Julie Kraft, Weed Supervisor, Sublette County, Wyoming

Boot brushes stations are a popular tool used to raise awareness about invasive species and reduce the spread and establishment of new infestations. We will discuss and demonstrate the building and installation of a boot brush station. This webinar will also review how we gather materials, select sites for installation and work with our partner.

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Individual Plant Treatment Techniques for Woody Invasive Species in the U.S.

Presented by Dr. Stephen Enloe, University of Florida

Individual plant treatment (IPT) approaches are widely used for invasive plant management across the United states. However, there can be tremendous variation in IPT methods and approaches that can result in sub-optimal control of many troublesome species. This seminar will present a deep dive on the technical aspects of IPT for cut stump, hack and squirt, and basal bark approaches to woody invasive plant control. Participants will gain a clear understanding of these techniques and be able to successfully implement them across a range of woody invasive plants.


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Invasive Species in North America – Update

Presented by Dr. David Coyle, Assistant Professor, Department of Forestry & Environmental Conservation, Clemson University

This webinar gives an update on some of the most impactful invasive species in North America, including insects, fungi and plants. We discuss current pest distribution – including how the pest have moved post-arrival in North America – and proven and potential management strategies. We also use the southeastern U.S. as a case study for why this continent has so many invasive species.

NAISMA’s Weed Free Forage and Gravel Certification: a Cooperative, Pathway-Specific, Multi-Jurisdictional Program for Invasive Species

Presented by Belle Bergner, NAISMA Executive Director

The NAISMA Weed Free Forage and Gravel program is the only program in North America that maintains a list of standards that provide land managers assurance that noxious weeds will not be spread through the movement of forage, hay, mulch, or gravel brought in to the property. Watch this webinar and learn how you can get certified.

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National Park Service: Integrating Partnerships, Prevention, and Management of Invasive Species

Presented by Terri Hogan, Invasive Plant Program Manager, National Park Service

Within the realm of invasive species management, partnerships and collaboration are increasingly essential for success. Collaboration occurs at all levels within the National Park Service (NPS); it takes many forms, involves a range of partners including other agencies, states, tribes, and cooperative weed management areas and must reach beyond our boundaries to address the issues that invasive species pose to our public lands. This webinar will showcase examples of successful invasive plant management that are achieved through partnership efforts including, prevention and restoration within the NPS.

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Overcoming Triclopyr Confusion: Safety, Efficacy, and Selectivity Issues for Applicators

Presented by Dr. Stephen Enloe, Associate Professor in the Agronomy Department at the IFAS Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants in Gainesville, Florida

Triclopyr is an auxin type herbicide that is widely used for invasive plant control in aquatic and upland systems. Historically, there have been two formulations, an ester and an amine, which have generally separate but occasionally overlapping use patterns. This has resulted in confusion among many land managers on what triclopyr formulation to use. Recent advances in triclopyr technology may exacerbate this issue as two additional triclopyr formulations, an acid and a choline have become available. This talk will help land managers overcome triclopyr formulation confusion and provide clear technical specifications on the similarities, differences, and label use patterns of the four formulations.

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An Overview of Watercraft Inspection and Decontamination Programs Across the United States

Presented by Elizabeth Brown, Colorado Parks and Wildlife and Chair, Western Regional Panel on Aquatic Nuisance Species

An overview of watercraft inspection and decontamination (WID) programs across the United States. Brown describes the history of invasive mussels and evolution of WID in the Western US, which will include summarizing the National Legal Framework for State Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Programs, operational standards for managers, and data sharing. She provides a summary of the various WID types and models in use and their associated purposes. Finally, Brown explains the foundational elements of the Colorado program, including risk assessment, and demonstrates how other governments, non-governmental organizations and industry partners can engage to stop the spread of invasive mussels and other AIS by managing the watercraft vector.

More from NAISMA:

  • Plan to attend our Annual Conference in Whitefish, Montana October 6-8!
  • Submit an Abstract to present at our Annual Conference. Deadline extended to April 17.
  • Join as a member for a 10% conference discount, access to our discussion forums, webinar recordings anytime, and more.

Pathways, Coordination, and Legislation Update of Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention

Presented by Robert Walters, Invasive Species Program for Colorado Parks and Wildlife

First, Walters provides a brief overview of the AIS of highest concern and corresponding management strategies. The presentation focuses on pathway management for high priority species, including successes, challenges, and gaps. Walters summarizes multi-jurisdictional coordination efforts that are ongoing, in addition to public-private partnerships. Finally, he discusses key legislation that supports AIS prevention and management efforts.

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Pest Risk Analysis and the Prevention of Biological Invasions

Presented by Deah Lieurance, University of Florida

Pest risk analysis (PRA) is the process of evaluating biological or other scientific and economic evidence to determine whether a pest should be regulated and the strength of any phytosanitary measures to be taken against it.

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650+ organizations across North America are helping the public stop invasive in their tracks through PlayCleanGo.

PlayCleanGo: Stop Invasive Species in Your Tracks

Presented by Belle Bergner, NAISMA Executive Director

Did you know that the USDA-Forest Service has an MOU with the North American Invasive Species Management Association that allows the Forest Service to use the PlayCleanGo campaign in outreach and education about invasive species? Watch this webinar to learn how you can utilize the PlayCleanGo campaign in your existing outreach program and why it has become the leading brand for invasive species awareness and prevention across the U.S.

More from NAISMA:

  • Don’t Move Firewood! – Resource Library, Firewood Finder, and more
  • 650+ partner organizations across North America are helping the public stop invasive species in their tracks through PlayCleanGo.

Regulations That Apply to Moving Firewood Right Now

Presented by Leigh Greenwood, The Nature Conservancy

The regulations that apply to firewood are often not entirely about the firewood itself, which makes it hard to fully categorize and understand the tangled web of rules and quarantines in North America. This webinar was first presented in 2018 and was so popular that it has become an annual tradition (as the regulations do change fairly often!). During this presentation, the manager of Don’t Move Firewood, Leigh Greenwood, will describe all the different ways in which current regulations criss-cross to create a confusing, and fascinating, regulatory landscape. This year, she’ll include the hot topic of the potential deregulation of emerald ash borer as well- and how that might interface with existing and/or new state based regulations. As always, she’ll do her best to accurately represent the scope of a whole continent’s rules and regulations in just one action-packed hour.

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What is The National Invasive Species Council?

Panel Speakers:

  • Stas Burgiel, NISC Executive Director
  • Jeff Morisette, NISC Chief Scientist
  • Hilary Smith, Department of the Interior, Senior Adviser for Invasive Species
  • Phil Andreozzi, US Department of Agriculture, Invasive Species Coordinator
  • Jeanette Davis, Department of Commerce/National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, Ocean Science Policy Adviser

The National Invasive Species Council (NISC) was established to provide the vision and leadership to coordinate, sustain, and expand federal efforts to safeguard the U.S. from invasive species and their impacts. Over the past year, NISC has worked to reenvision itself institutionally and programmatically through the development of terms of reference and a new FY2020 Work Plan. These guidance documents focus on NISC’s high-level, whole-of-government perspective and direct the efforts of NISC staff toward convening and coordination to leverage existing efforts and amplify the federal impact in the fight against invasive species. In highlighting these efforts, this webinar will review NISC’s coordination mechanisms, its current thematic priorities, and efforts to engage with non-federal stakeholders. In addition to the presentation from NISC staff, senior advisers from the three NISC Co-Chair agencies will provide their perspectives on these federal coordination activities.

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