Call for Citizen Scientists!

Pacific Northwest Invasive Plant CouncilThe Pacific Northwest Invasive Plant Council, a non-profit conservation organization, is hosting two FREE workshops to train citizens to identify important invasive plants. Join a regional volunteer effort to detect and eradicate invasive plant species!

In just 2.5 hours of your time, you will learn how to identify priority invasive plants and how to record basic data. Participants also learn methods of manual invasive weed removal. Equipped with this new knowledge, volunteers with be able to conduct invasive plant surveys that are of great value to local land managers. Your efforts will directly support the maintenance of healthy ecosystems.

If you work on or spend time enjoying public lands, or would just like to learn more about invasive plants, we invite you to attend one of the upcoming trainings.

April 27, 2016, Wednesday at 1:00 pm-3:30 pm Sandy, OR
Sandy Community Center
38348 Pioneer Blvd, Sandy, OR 97055;
Parking is available along the side and at the back of the building.
Hosted by: David Lebo, Westside Zone Botanist, Mt. Hood National Forest and Sam Leininger, Clackamas Soil and Water Conservation District and the Columbia Gorge CWMA

April 28, 2016, Thursday at 9:30 am-12:00 pm Vancouver, WA
Fort Vancouver, Pearson Air Museum
1115 E 5th Street, Vancouver, WA 98661.
Hosted by: Carol Chandler, Wildlife Biologist, Gifford Pinchot National Forest and Emily Stevenson, Skamania Noxious Weed Board, Columbia Gorge CWMA

Seating is limited; if you would like to attend one of these free trainings, please RSVP to Julie Combs to reserve your place or call 615-812-5295.

Participants may receive WDSA or ODA pesticide license re-certification credits (2 credits) pending approval.

Citizen science volunteers will receive an invasive plant identification booklet along with survey forms and instruction on how to report findings. Volunteers are asked to conduct 1-2 surveys over the 2016 field season.

The Pacific Northwest Invasive Plant Council works in partnership with the USDA Forest Service, Washington Dept. of Agriculture (WSDA), Department of Natural Resources, and other state and local groups on a Citizen Science Early Detection Rapid Response program. Funding from the National Forest Foundation, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, the WSDA, and others has allowed the group to gear up for their fifth year to search for priority and newly emerging invasive plants in our National Forests, National Parks, and other public lands.

The Pacific Northwest Invasive Plant Council is excited to recruit new volunteers and inspire their current volunteer base to search for and report new invasive plant populations. There is a great need to document emerging invasive plant populations on all public lands.

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