From Judas Fish to Fires: Hundreds Gather to Discuss Techniques for Managing Invasive Species

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Starting on Monday, Oct. 20, over 650 people will be in Duluth, Minn., talking about tools for controlling invasive species at the Upper Midwest Invasive Species Conference. The tools are as basic as leather gloves and fire and as high-tech as bubble fences and Judas fish that betray the location of their invasive kin via GPS implants.

Private landowners, county staff, academics and federal resource managers, alike, are attending the three-day Upper Midwest Invasive Species conference to exchange information about ways to stop the spread of plagues such as emerald ash borers, buckthorn and zebra mussels. Minn. Lt. Governor Yvonne Prettner Solon and a representative from U.S. Congressman Rick Nolan’s office are planning to be at part of the conference to comment on the political will to manage terrestrial and aquatic invasive species. New research about integrated pest management, invasion rates in a changing climate and public education campaigns are also among the topics being covered. UMISC is the largest regional conference on invasive species management in the U.S.

The Midwest Invasive Plant Network, the Minnesota Invasive Species Advisory Council, the Invasive Plants Association of Wisconsin, and the Wisconsin Invasive Species Council are hosting the conference with leadership from Minnesota Sea Grant and the University of Wisconsin Extension. For further information, log onto

News Conference: October 20, 2014

On the Leading Edge of Invasive Species Management

PLACE: St. Louis River Room, Duluth Entertainment Convention Center, Duluth, Minn.
TIME: 8:45 – 9:15 a.m.

8:45 a.m. – What it Really Takes to Solve the Invasive Fish Problem
Dr. Peter Sorensen (University of Minnesota Twin Cities, Department of Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology)

8:50 a.m. – Managing Invasive Plants
Dr. Joe DiTomaso (University of California, Davis, Department of Plant Sciences)

8:55 a.m. – Invasion and Evolution in an Age of Climate Change
Dr. Julie Etterson (University of Minnesota Duluth, Department of Biology)

9 a.m. – Double Whammy: Climate Change and Aquatic Invasive Species
Sara Grisè-Stahlman (Pennsylvania State University, Sea Grant)

9:05 a.m. – Questions

9:15 a.m. – END

Media representatives are invited to stay for opening plenary session at 9:30 a.m. and attend any part of the conference.

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Belle Bergner
Upper Midwest Invasive Species Conference
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