The NAIPSC Field Course
On break until 2014


Since invasive plants don't take a break, neither does the NAIPSC. In addition to the NAIPSC OC, we have the second half of the 2013-2014 NAIPSC Webinar Series and the archived 2014 NAIPSC Web Course that will keep you engaged and informed about invasive plants. Read on to find out more.

•  2013-2014 NAIPSC Webinar Series


The first half of the 2013-2014 NAIPSC Webinar Series has now wrapped up. In case you missed it, we heard about the root microbiome of Johnsongrass, Tamarix – a case study, 300-miles of Phragmites australis, and the timelapse documentary of the Platte River.

We’ve now begun the second half of the 2013-2014 NAIPSC Webinar Series! As usual, we have a great line up that you will no doubt find interesting, educational, and informative. You’ll note that we have speakers from across the country addressing a wide range of topics related to invasive plant species. 

Matt Chew from Arizona State University will kick off our series on February 6th with a webinar where he will discuss the importance of accurately describing plants and whether we should really be calling them invasive species. Now that sounds like a good topic to discuss! But this is only the start. Check out the list below and be sure to mark your calendar for the ones you want to hear. In fact, you can mark them all because it’s guaranteed that you’ll learn something every time.

February 6 – Matt Chew, Arizona State University “How did weeds become invaders?” (Archived)

February 20 – Bill Rogers, Texas A&M University “Ecology and management of Chinese tallow in the southern US” (Archived)

March 4 – Jeremy James, University of California “Plant traits driving seedling establishment following invasive plant control” (Archived)

March 20 – Rod Lym, North Dakota State University “Leafy spurge and Canada thistle control with herbicides and effect on native forbs” (Archived)

April 3 – Diane Larson, USGS Northern Prairie “A weed is a weed is a...placeholder?  Toward a more nuanced approach to restoration and weed management." (Archived)

April 17 – Dirac Twidwell, University of Nebraska “Fire intensity and mortality thresholds – what is needed to achieve restoration objectives?” (Archived soon)

April 30 – Richard Mack, Washington State University “The case for eradication, not simply control, of invasive and potentially invasive species." (FREE webinar. Details on live session posted day of webinar)

May 1 – Joseph Craine, Kansas State University “Drought tolerance in grasslands”

All webinars begin at noon (CST) and are free to view live. Click on the "link" icon above when it becomes active on the day of the webinar. To view archived webinars, register for the NAIPSC Online Community (OC) here (http://go.unl.edu/naipscwebinar). For more details, visit the NAIPSC OC website (click here). Contact information for each speaker is also listed should you have any questions or comments.

•  2014 NAIPSC Web Course (Archived)


The first annual NAIPSC WC took place January 22-23, 2014. We had great sessions, good discussion, and no one complained about the food, hotel, or flight delays! If you weren't able to join us, don't worry because we recorded each session and have made them available in an 'archived' version. If you want to watch the sessions, click here to register. Upon registering, details will be sent on how to view them. CEUs and CCA credits are still available.

•  Invasive Plants: Impacts on Ecosystems


Are you interested in more than just how to control invasive plants? Have you had questions about where invasive plants occur and how they are impacting the most pristine to the most degraded ecosystems? Maybe you just want to know what an invasive plant is. If so, then you need to sign up for the all new course entitled, "Invasive Plants: Impacts on Ecosystems". In this 15-week course offered through the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, you'll learn how invasive plants in arid climates are affecting hydrological cycles, the changes below-ground caused by invasive plants, the legacies of invasive plants, and much more.

The format of this 3-credit course is similar to other college-level courses, except that the all of the instruction, materials, and activities are located online. You can participate from anywhere to hear the pre-recorded lectures, and be involved in the discussion board and complete the problem sets and other various assignments. To put all of your new found knowledge to use, an optional final project on several topics including land manager interviews, invasive plant spotlights, and creating an educational program will be available.

For any professional, researcher, student, or instructor working or teaching in the fields of conservation or land management, this course is for you. No other course is going to teach you the 'why' and 'how' relating to the establishment of invasive plants in terrestrial ecosystems. Find out more by contacting Dr. Steve Young (steve.young@unl.edu) or downloading a brochure. The 2014 course has already begun, but a shorter 5-week version is being developed.

Contact: Steve Young, NAIPSC organizer (steve.young (at) unl.edu