22 Jun 2017 - 07:59 AM 05:00 PM

Brentwood, NY

LIISMA Invasive Species Conference

Sisters of St. Joseph
1725 Brentwood Ave. Brentwood, NY
June 22, 2017
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
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The 1st LIISMA Invasive Species Conference will present a wealth of invasive species topics highlighting the devastating impacts to our natural environment and business economies. Topics on climate change, iMapInvasives tools, new/emerging species, response approaches, and species identification will help land managers and public alike conduct and prioritize techniques used for the prevention and management of invasive species. Both aquatic and terrestrial species management topics will be discussed including pathways of introduction, pre and post control management, and what homeowners can do to prevent invasive species introductions.

8:00 a.m.    Registration & Refreshments

8:30 a.m.    Welcome and Introductions

8:45 a.m.    Why Do Biological Invasions Matter, What We Need To Protect

Uli Lorimer, Native Plant Curator, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn, NY.

9:30 a.m.    Economics of Resources Threatened By Invasive Species

        Dr. Travis Warziniack, Economist, US Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Fort  Collins, CO.

10:00 a.m.  Break & Visit Exhibits

10:15 a.m.  Climate Change and Invasive Species

Dr. Matthew Aiello-Lammens, Assistant Professor, Environmental Studies and Science  Department,

Pace University, Pleasantville, NY.

10:45 a.m. Prioritizing Invasive Species Efforts Using iMapInvasives Tools and Data

        Dr. Jennifer Dean, Invasive Species Biologist, NY Natural Heritage Program, Albany, NY.

11:15 a.m. Priority Conservation Areas (PCA’s), Highly Probable Areas (HPA’s) and

      Early Detection Rapid Response  Approaches for Invasive Species Management in the

      St. Lawrence-Eastern Lake Ontario (SLELO) PRISM

Robert Williams, Coordinator, St. Lawrence-Eastern Lake Ontario PRISM, Pulaski, NY.

11:45 a.m. Forest Pest Detection and Management on Long Island

Robert Cole, Forester, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Albany, NY.

12:30 p.m. Lunch and Visit Exhibitors


12:30 p.m. Concurrent Lunchtime Workshops

1)      Terrestrial Invasive Plant Field Identification Workshop

          Rusty Schmidt, President, Long Island Native Plant Initiative, Hampton Bays, NY.

2)      Aquatic Invasive Species Hands On Identification Workshop

          Chart Guthrie, Regional Fisheries Manger, NYS Department Environment Conservation Region 1, Stony Brook, NY.

3)      Southern Pine Beetle Signs And Symptoms Field Identification Workshop

          John Wernet, Supervising Forester, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, Region 1, Stony Brook, NY.

1:45 p.m.  Concurrent Terrestrial and Aquatic Invasive Species Concurrent Sessions

Terrestrial Invasive Species Concurrent Session

1:45 p.m.  New and Approaching Invasive Plant Species

Lara Pomi-Urbat, Permitting Specialist, Certified Ecologist, PSEG Long Island, Hicksville, NY.

2:15 p.m.  Using the IPM DAT Tool for Invasive Species Management Planning

      Dr. Jennifer Dean, Invasive Species Biologist, NY Natural Heritage Program, Albany, NY.

2:45 p.m.   Anticipating the Need for Restoration: Post Control Management – Speaker TBA

3:15 p.m.   Break and Visit Exhibitors

3:30 p.m.   What Can You Do in Your Backyard? Prevention and Management Practices to address

       Invasive Species for Homeowners

Patricia Manzi, District Manager, Nassau County Soil & Water Conservation District, Syosset, NY.

4:00p.m.    Tools For Improving the Management of Non-Native Phragmites

       Karen Alexander, Senior Program Specialist, Great Lakes Commission, Ann Arbor, MI.

4:30 p.m.   An Integrated Approach to Swallow-wort Containment, Suppression and Eradication – What Works

Robert O’Brien, Invasive Species Control Field Director, NYS Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation, New Paltz, NY.


Aquatic Invasive Species Concurrent Session

1:45 p.m.   Aquatic Ecosystems as Unique Habitats for Invasive Species Management

       Dr. Judith Pederson, Research Affiliate, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA.

2:15 p.m.  New and Emerging Species and Pathways in Freshwater Ecosystems

Chart Guthrie, Regional Fisheries Manger, NYS Department Environment Conservation Region 1,  Stony Brook, NY.

2: 45 p.m.  A New Frontier for NY iMapInvasives

      Emily Runnells, Marine Zoologist, NY Natural Heritage Program, East Setauket, NY.

3:15 p.m.  Break and Visit Exhibitors

3: 30 p.m.  Health and Safety: Toxic Blue Green Algae, What Every Lake Manager Needs to Know

       Dr. Christopher Gobler, Associate Dean of Research School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences,

SUNY Stony Brook, Stony Brook, NY.

4:00 p.m.    Aquarium Trade Risk for Non-native Aquatic Species Introductions

Gregory Bugbee, Associate Scientist, Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, New Haven, CT.

4:30 p.m.   Clean Drain and Dry – Access Site Boat Steward Program

Miranda Ciardulli, Access Site Steward

Talia Haik, Access Site Steward, Bureau of Fisheries, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation,

Region 1, Stony Brook, NY

5:00 p.m. Conclusion

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For More information please contact or call (631)560-9945.

Program Sponsorship and Support

This program is made possible thanks to generous funding provided to the Long Island Native Plant Initiative by the New York State Environmental Protection through the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation.

Many thanks and appreciation to our hosts the Sisters of St. Joseph and the LIISMA Conference Coordination Committee Members for their time and assistance in developing the conference programming.