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Montana Invasive Species Council Offers a Series of Free Webinars


Register for Invasive Species Webinars

The Montana Invasive Species Council  is hosting  a series of one-hour webinars this fall. Registration is required, but all webinars are free. Register online at invasivespecies.mt.gov. All webinars will run from 10:00 -11:00 AM (MST).

Sept. 21: Predicting suitable habitat for both weeds and biocontrol species -- tools resources managers can use to measure risk, save time, and allocate resources.

Models predicting the risk of invasion by non-native species can be used to indicate the relative risk posed to various landscapes within a management jurisdiction to guide and prioritize survey and control efforts.  Similarly, predicted habitat suitability models for biocontrol species can be used to guide and prioritize releases to areas where the bio-controls are most likely to successfully establish populations.  This webinar will provide an overview of how natural resource managers and weed control specialists can access the information online for prioritizing survey and control efforts, and how the model output should be interpreted and used, including limitations. 

Presenter: Bryce Maxell – Montana Natural Heritage Program

Sept. 28: Plant invasions at multiple spatial scales: assessment, prevention, and management

This webinar will share how invasive species spread across multiple spatial scale, discuss their biogeography and how the past, present, and future affect our management decisions. Much of this will be put in context through research conducted by the Mountain Invasion Research Network (MIREN) mountaininvasions.org. The aim of MIREN is to understand the effects of global change on species’ distributions and biodiversity in mountainous areas. 

Presenter: Tim Seipel – Montana State University

Oct. 4: The case for consistent climate-smart regulations across jurisdictions.

Invasive plant regulations are most likely to reduce invasive species spread if they are consistently enacted across political borders and proactively restrict species early in the invasion process. This webinar will discuss list consistency with a focus on Montana and neighboring states. We’ll also examine list proactivity based on current distributions and potential range shifts with climate change. To understand what determines the content of these lists, we’ll provide a case study that focuses on the weed risk assessments that lead to invasive plant regulation, and some ideas for making lists more climate change proactive and consistent across borders. Finally, we’ll review an assessment of invasive plant sales to provide context for how regulatory lists are working in practice.

Presenters: Emily Fusco and Eve Beaury -- Regional Invasive Species and Climate Change Management Networks and alumni of the invasive plant spatial ecology lab at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

MISC is a statewide partnership working to protect Montana’s economy, natural resources and public health through a coordinated approach to combat invasive species. For more information visit invasivespecies.mt.gov/misc or contact Liz Lodman, MISC Administrator, at liz.lodman@mt.gov.