The primary goal of the 2013 Invasive Plant Management Technical Webinar Series was to provide federal agency land managers and other land management personnel (such as Conservation District personnel) with science-based information on the technical merits of herbicide and other control methods to aid in the decision-making and approval processes for on-the-ground invasive plant management efforts.
Each webinar focused on a particular region of the western United States: the Pacific Northwest, Greater Southwest, and High Plains and Intermountain West. Leading experts from universities, federal agencies, suppliers, and DuPont offered stewardship and technical background information on the most effective new and existing herbicides for controlling target invasive plants in each respective region, thus enabling economical site rehabilitation and restoration.
Webinar participants: (1) increased their ability to effectively remove invasive plant species that threaten commerce, public safety, recreation, wildlife habitat, and wildland health while complying with state and federal laws; (2) learned about the best integrated management tools available for conserving healthy ecosystems and sustaining desired populations of forbs, shrubs, trees, and grasses; (3) improved their ability to achieve restoration and conservation outcomes that are resilient to wildfire, inhibit erosion, and promote water quality—in a financially responsible, cost-effective manner—by selecting the best available herbicide tools; (4) learned how to improve the overall efficiency, effectiveness, and environmental sensitivity of herbicide applications; and (5) obtained control information, expert contacts, and resources that will improve their ability to manage invasive plants in their region.
"These scientifically-based webinars help us to meet our training obligations under the new National Forest System Invasive Species Management Policy (FSM 2900). Maintaining and improving the invasive species management skill of our field personnel is critical to the success and advancement of our program under this new policy."
—Mike Ielmini, USDA Forest Service National Invasive Species Program Manager
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