RRIP IT UP Third Annual Northern Great Lakes Conference: A United Front against Invasive Species

Marquette Masonic Center October 16, 2012
AGENDA 9:00 9:30 9:45 10:15 10:30 Coffee and Networking Welcome Keynote Address: An Overview of Just How Far We’ve Come in the Battle against Invasives – Jan Schultz, USFS Non-native Invasive Species & Special Forest Products Program Leader Break Morning Concurrent Sessions (please register for one in each time slot) The Story of Sooper Yooper: From Concept to Classroom - Mark Newman, Author, Sooper Yooper: Environmental Defender Or The New MIPN Control Database: How It Can Improve Invasive Species Management - Brendon Panke, Associate Research Specialist, University of Wisconsin-Madison Results Oriented Volunteer Recruiting- Jason Frenzel, Stewardship Coordinator, Huron River Watershed Council Or A Look into the Future: The MISIN iPhone App and Website - Amos Zeigler, Research Specialist, Michigan State University Lunch/Networking Afternoon Concurrent Sessions (please register for one) More ID and Control Methods: Phragmites, Leafy Spurge, Wild Parsnip, Coltsfoot – Vern Stephens, MDNR Private Lands Office, Wildlife Division; Eurasian Water-milfoil - Ann Hruska, District Administrator/ Project Manager, Dickinson Conservation District Or Discussion Panel on Invasive Plant Management Partnerships: Sharing Experiences and Resources Marilyn Shy, Natural Resources Conservation Service Robin Christianson, Grand Traverse Regional Invasive Species Network Matt Bushman, Northwoods Cooperative Weed Management Area (invited) Melissa Simpson, Wild Rivers Invasive Species Coalition Darcy Rutkowski, Upper Peninsula Resource Conservation and Development Council Break Strategizing for the Future - Where Do We Go From Here? – Phyllis Higman, Botanist, Michigan Natural Features Inventory Adjourn – Have a Safe Trip Home


12:00 1:00

2:30 2:45 3:30

Additional Information for RRIP-IT-UP Conference
Hotel Information: For your convenience, a block of rooms has been reserved at the Ramada Inn in Marquette. The rate is $65 plus taxes, and this includes a hot breakfast. The hotel is located at 412 W. Washington Street, within walking distance of the downtown area, including the Masonic Center. To make a reservation under this block of rooms, call 906-228-6000, and mention the “UP Invasive Conference”. Any unreserved rooms will be released from the block on September 30, 2012. Conference Parking: Free parking for conference attendees is available on the upper level of the parking deck immediately behind the Masonic Center. Entry to this level of the deck is only accessible from Bluff Street. Everyone who registers for the conference will be sent a parking pass to place in their vehicle window approximately one week prior to the conference. All other parking in the vicinity of the Masonic Center is short-term (2 hour), and is strictly enforced. From the upper level of the parking deck, take the stairs or elevator down one level, and enter the Masonic Center through the back door. Signs will be posted the day of the conference to guide you. The address of the Masonic Center is 128 W. Washington Street.

We Need Your Posters and Other Displays
Everyone attending this conference is involved in some type of invasive species work and we want to know what you’re doing! One of the goals of the RRIP-IT-UP project is to increase communication and collaboration among all the individuals and groups working on invasive species issues in the Upper Peninsula. We will accept all types of displays from those that have been professionally developed by federal and state agencies to a simple poster put together by an individual landowner who is doing work on private property. No poster is too small! Sharing our successes (and failures) will help all of us save valuable time and resources that can then be devoted to more invasive plant work. We will accept displays that are self-supporting (floor or table-top), and there will also be space to lay posters on tables. The display area will be open at 8 am the day of the conference, so please plan to arrive in time to set up your display before the conference begins. If you don’t have enough material to put together a poster, there will also be an empty display board where you can place materials (pictures, handouts, etc) that you have developed or discovered and want to share. If you have any questions about the displays and posters, please contact Darcy Rutkowski (906225-0215, darcy.rutkowski@uprcd.org), Stephanie Blumer (906-643-7900 x155, sblumer@fs.fed.us), or Tesha Zimmerman (906-632-5575, tzimmerman@saulttribe.net).

Third Annual Northern Great Lakes Conference Registration Form
Name: Organization: Address: City, State, Zip: E-mail: Phone: Morning Concurrent Sessions – please choose one presentation in each time slot: 10:30 Sooper Yooper: One Man’s Efforts to Defend the Environment against Invasives The New MIPN Control Database: How It Can Improve Invasive Species
11:15 Recruiting Volunteers: How to Best Manage the Human A Look into the Future: The MISIN iPhone App and Website

Afternoon Concurrent Sessions – please choose one presentation: 1:00 More ID and Control Methods: Phragmites, Leafy Spurge, Wild Parsnip, Eurasian Watermilfoil Discussion Panel on Invasive Plant Management Partnerships: Sharing Experiences and Resources The charge for the conference is $25 ($20 for full-time students) which includes lunch. Vegetarian, gluten-free and dairy-free options will be offered. Space is limited, so you must register if you plan to attend. The registration deadline is Friday, October 5, 2012 Please send the attached registration form with a check to: Lynn Steiner, Wild Rivers Invasive Species Coordinator c/o Dickinson Conservation District 102 North Hooper St. Kingsford, MI 49802-4548 If you have questions, or need additional information, please contact Lynn Steiner at 906-239-2560, or email her at: wildriverscwma@gmail.com.

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