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Regional Invasive Species Conferences


2010 RRIP-IT-UP Conference
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The first annual UP-wide conference on invasive plant management took place in early November 2010. The conference brought together land managers, natural resource professionals, conservation district staff, tribal members, representatives from agency and non-governmental organizations, and other interested individuals, in an effort to exchange information on invasive plant species and share the unique knowledge gained in the field by various partners. The conference was well-attended by more than 70 people. The keynote address was presented by Dr. Jason McLachlan from the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Notre Dame. Dr. McLachlan's presentation was titled  "Climate Effects on Potential Invasions of Non-Native Plants in the Upper Great Lakes". 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2011 RRIP-IT-UP Conference
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Conference a Huge Success!

 

The Upper Peninsula Resource Conservation and Development (UP RC&D) Council was pleased to sponsor RRIP-IT-UP's 2nd Annual UP-wide Conference on Invasive Plants: Pieces of the Management Puzzle. RRIP-IT-UP stands for Rapid Response Invasive Plant Intervention Team for the Upper Peninsula. The event took place on November 10, 2011 in Marquette. One of the goals of the RRIP-IT-UP project is to increase the communication and collaboration of all the individuals, agencies and organizations in the region that are dealing with invasive plant issues. Even though the weather didn't cooperate and keynote speaker Kate Howe, Coordinator of the Midwest Invasive Plant Network (MIPN), only got as far as Detroit before being told she couldn't get to Marquette for 5 days, we had a great turnout. Fortunately, Carmen Chapin, who is on the MIPN board, was able to make her presentation, and did a great job.

 

2012 UPIC Conference
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The Upper Peninsula Invasives Council (UPIC) presented RRIP-IT-UP's Third Annual Northern Great Lakes Conference on Invasives: A United Front Against Invasive Species. The event took place on October 16, 2012 at the Masonic Center in downtown Marquette, Michigan. This year's conference sought a broader audience by expanding outward from the Upper Peninsula into the northern Lower Peninsula of Michigan and into Wisconsin, and at the same time, incorporating information on invasive species beyond just plants. This was the first year that Cooperative Weed Management Areas (CWMAs) covered the entire expanse of the Upper Peninsula, and also contain a portion of northern Wisconsin. As we all know, plants and animals ignore these political boundaries, and so it is natural for us to unite together and work collaboratively, pooling our knowledge and resources.

 

2013 UPIC Conference
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The Upper Peninsula Invasives Council (UPIC) was pleased to present RRIP-IT-UP's Fourth Annual Northern Great Lakes Invasive Species Conference: Pathways of Invasion - Transport, Infestation and Control. The event took place on October 23 and 24, 2013 in Marquette, Michigan. In conjunction with this year's conference, we offered an opportunity for Certified Pesticide Applicators who are licensed in the state of Michigan to receive 5 re-certification credits. The program was also approved for 8 CFE credits by Society of American Foresters. The conference planning team was excited to put together an interactive discussion panel of resource professionals from the state Natural Resource Departments of Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois and Minnesota. They addressed "Pathways of Control: Utilizing the Human Resource" by providing information about the ways in which their DNRs support CWMAs in their states.

 

2014 RRIP-IT-UP Conference
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The Upper Peninsula Invasives Council (UPIC) presented the Fifth Annual Northern Great Lakes Invasive Species Conference: The Dry, the Wet and the Ugly. The event took place on November 4th, 2014 at Northern Michigan University in Marquette, Michigan, beginning at 9:00 am until 3:30 pm.

 

The Planning Committee was excited to have put together facilitated strategy sessions, panel discussions, and informational presentations this year incorporating several professionals from across the region. The theme of: "The Dry, the Wet and the Ugly" allowed us to focus on a wide range of invasive management efforts and concepts currently employed in the U.P. as well as on possible long-term management strategies specific to the area. We all know that plants and animals ignore political boundaries, and so it is natural for us to unite together and work collaboratively, pooling our knowledge and resources in the Great Lakes region.

 

2015 Northern Great Lakes Invasive Species Conference
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Sixth Annual Northern Great Lakes Invasive Species Conference: On the Horizon: Innovation, Integration, Motivation

 The Upper Peninsula Invasives Council (UPIC) was pleased to present  this event which will took place on Thursday October 22, 2015 at Northern Michigan University in Marquette, Michigan. There was also a pre-conference workshop on backpack sprayer maintenance on Wednesday October 21st.

 

The conference included panel discussions, informational presentations, and a hands-on workshop incorporating several professionals from across the region. The theme of “On the Horizon: Innovation, Integration, Motivation” allowed us to focus on exciting new developments and techniques in invasive species management pertinent to the region. The speaker presentations and handouts are below.



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