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      Kenai Peninsula Invasive Species Identification Training- Soldotna in Soldotna

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      May 10, 2013

      Friday   8:30 AM - 12:30 PM

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      Soldotna, Alaska 99669

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      Kenai Peninsula Invasive Species Identification Training- Soldotna

      During this free training you will learn how you can help recognize invasive species, and what to do if you find them

       
      OVERVIEW

      Invasive species, including terrestrial, aquatic, and marine plants and animals, cost the United States billions of dollars each year in damage to habitat quality, water supply infrastructure, fisheries, and other sectors. Addressing such a critical problem requires clear, accurate information and communication among scientists, policymakers, water resource managers, and the general public. This training combines instructor lecuture, hands-on activities, and discussion to provide the most information on identification and reporting of the Kenai Peninsula’s invasive species. Learn what species to watch for and how to prevent their spread!

       WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

      • identification of high-priority terrestrial, aquatic, and marine invasives
      • science-based  protocols for minimizing spread of invasives   
      • response protocols in invasives are detected
      • receive certification for agencies and organizations with field crew personnel

       INSTRUCTORS

      Gino Graziano,  Invasive Plants Instructor, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Cooperative Extension Service

      Gino Graziano is an Invasive Plants Instructor with the University of Alaska Fairbanks, Cooperative Extension Service where he advises land managers and the public on invasive plant management and identification.  He enjoys engaging youth and the public to study the ecology of invasive plants and participate in early detection. He has worked to manage invasive plants and develop strategic plans and policies with the Alaska Association of Conservation Districts and the Alaska Division of Agriculture.  

       

      Dr. Amy Larsen, Aquatic Ecologist, National Park Service

      Amy is an aquatic ecologist with Yukon–Charley Rivers and Gates of the Arctic national park area and adjunct faculty at University of Alaska Fairbanks. Her current work involves historical fish collections in Gates of the Arctic and Western Arctic Parkland, lake communities and ecosystems monitoring, and lake drainage dynamics in Kobuk Valley National Parks.

       

      Catie Bursch, Marine Educator, Kachemak Bay Research Reserve 

      Catie Bursch is a marine educator at Kachemak Bay Research Reserve. Her work involves educating the public and school groups to expand their knowledge of the Kachemak Bay ecosystem. Catie has developed a long-term community monitoring program for invasive European Green Crab in Kachemak Bay, and has developed rapid response protocols in collaboration with the Alaska Marine Invasive Species working group. Catie is co-author and illustrator of the Guide to Some Common Fouling Invertebrates of Alaska with focus on known and potential invasives.

       

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