The 4-County CWMA 2017 Pull Together
The 4-County CWMA 2017 Pull Together

The 4-County CWMA 2017 Pull Together

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The Oregon Zoo

Cascade Crest Ballroom

4001 SW Canyon Rd. 97221

Portland, OR 97221

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Please join us for the re-scheduled Pull-Together (2.0)! We have a great day of learning planned. We will be delving in to a variety of topics surrounding inavsive plants, communication, and pesticides. New this year, we will be combining the Herbicide Forum with the Pull-Together for a full day of invasive plant discussions. We will also have a networking Happy Hour and Poster Session following the event, with a no-host bar and munchies.

2017 4-County CWMA Pull-Together

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017
The Vista Room at the Oregon Zoo
4001 SW Canyon Rd, Portland, OR 97221

8:00 Networking

9:00 What’s Happening at the CWMA?
Elaine Stewart, CWMA Chair and Senior Natural Resources Scientist, Metro-Conservation Program

9:20 Western Invasives Network
Vern Holm, WIN Coordinator

9:30 Pollinator-Friendly Noxious Weed Control
Alison Halpern, Executive Secretary, Washington State Noxious Weed Control Board

Declines of honeybee and other pollinator populations has caused some concern about, and even backlash against, control of pollen- and nectar-rich noxious weeds. In response, the Washington State Noxious Weed Control Board launched an outreach campaign to educate about the importance of these pollinators and that it is possible to perform weed control while helping bees and other pollinators.

10:30 Break

10:45 2300A NPDES Proposed Changes
Beth Moore, DEQ Permit Coordinator, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality

The Department of Environmental Quality has proposed changes to 2300A of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System, which would impact the activities of invasive plant specialists, land managers and herbicide applicators. Beth will speak to us about the new rules and the implications both in the field and in data management.

11:30 Blind Spots in Restoration: Questioning Ivy Control in a Changing World
Toby Query, Natural Resource Ecologist, City of Portland

English/Irish Ivy is one of the most widespread weeds and thought to cause a breakdown in forest resiliency. On a second look, multiple system drivers are favoring ivy including earthworms, slugs, air pollution and fragmentation. And ivy has benefits that include salamander habitat, air purification, water interception, and noise reduction. Does the control of ivy make sense in our era of rapid change?

12:00 Lunch

1:00 Euphorbias
Dominic Maze

There are over 2,100 species in the Euphorbia genus, one of the most diverse groups of flowering plants on earth. Spurges in the Pacific Northwest include high-priority noxious weeds, weedy garden annuals, high profile horticultural varieties, and a handful of natives. Dominic will teach us about spurges.

1:30 Communicating with the Public about Pesticides
Amy Hallman, Project Coordinator, NPIC-OSU

Communicating with the public about pesticides and risk is becoming an ever more important and complicated endeavor. Thoughtful framing of the conversation can impact the success of your projects and the cooperation you receive. Amy will provide an overview of the science of risk with tips and tools for risk communication when dealing with the public.

2:15 Break

2:30 Mechanical Weed Control - Techniques, Tools, and Talk about Non-Chemical Weed Control
Kyle Spinks, Park Ranger, Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District
Michelle Delepine, Invasive Species Program Coordinator, West Multnomah SWCD

Where chemicals just aren't an option, what can we do to combat those pesky invasives? There are alternatives to chemicals which can prove effective!

2:45 The Use of Custom Blending and Returnable/Refillable Containers in Herbicide Application
Bruce Alber, Wilbur Ellis

Looking for a way to increase productivity, manage inventory, and demonstrate sound environmental practices while decreasing exposure of your applicators? Whether you need a custom blend or straight product repackaging, you can count on a host of other important benefits with the use of Custom Blending and Returnable/ Refillable Containers. Partnerships and value-added products and services offer vital features and benefits to help lower the cost of performing critical field vegetation management functions.

3:00 Fielding Fido: Dogs Sniffing Out Weeds
Ngaio Richards, Forensics & Field Specialist, Working Dogs for Conservation

Effective weed eradication requires near-perfect detection of all plants in the management area. Working Dogs for Conservation has applied their detection dogs’ keen sense of smell to improve weed eradication efforts in Montana and Iowa. Here we discuss how the dogs were integrated into these eradication programs and the results to date.

3:45 Closing Wrap Up
Elaine Stewart, CWMA Chair and Senior Natural Resources Scientist, Metro-Conservation Program

3:50-6 Happy Hour, Poster Session, Weed Trivia, & Networking

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The Oregon Zoo

Cascade Crest Ballroom

4001 SW Canyon Rd. 97221

Portland, OR 97221

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