Upcoming OISC Meeting along the Southern Oregon Coast

As we approach the middle of June, an important event to keep on your radar is the upcoming 2-day OISC meeting happening on June 19th and 20th along the Southern Oregon Coast! Here’s a quick break down of the event:

Day 1 will kick off in Charleston, OR at the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology and will focus primarily on aquatic invasions. There will be field trips to local sites in the afternoon and a social hour following the meeting.

Day 2 will be a joint meeting with the Oregon State Weed Board (OSWB) in Bandon, OR and will take place at the Bandon Community Center (The Barn). There will also be field trips to local sites in the afternoon.

View/download the OISC meeting agenda  ||  View/download the OSWB meeting agenda

 

Be sure to keep an eye out for our post-meeting blog entry that will recap the meeting and include topics discussed and thoughtful questions brought forward.

 

 

 

IS in the News: 11 Invasive Species Wreaking Havoc on OR's Environment

The Oregonian recently featured an article that highlights 11 invasive species of concern in Oregon. The article includes a good summary on how they got here, how they impact the environment, and what you can do if you find it. Included on the list is the American Bullfrog, Chinese mitten crab, common snapping turtle, and feral swine. Click here to read the full article

 American bullfrog

American bullfrog

 Feral swine

Feral swine

 

Original Article Information:
By Kale Williams, Oregonian. Published May 30, 2018
 

Oregon AIS Inspection Stations: 2018 Year-to-Date Numbers

According to Rick Boatner, The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Invasive Species Coordinator and Oregon Invasive Species Council (OISC) Member, inspections in Oregon found two mussel-transporting boats over the May 11-13 weekend, bringing the 2018 year-to-date total to 6.

As of May 15, inspection numbers in Oregon are at 1,665 watercraft at the Central Point station near Ashland, 1,777 watercraft at Ontario, 153 at the recently opened Klamath Falls station, 197 at Gold Beach-Brookings, and 538 at Umatilla. The inspection station in Burns will be open early next month. Oregon has also intercepted 51 boats through mid-May with invasive aquatic plants, mostly Eurasian Watermilfoil.

To learn more about why it's important to Clean, Drain, and Dry all motorized and non-motorized watercraft,
check out our Clean, Drain, Dry Campaign page!

Original Article Information:
By Brad Carlson, Capital Press. Published on May 24, 2018.
Click here to read the full article

Emerald Ash Borer: No More Quarantine?

The federal government is looking to possibly lift quarantines for the invasive emerald ash borer. Currently, this quarantine restricts movement of firewood from ash trees across state lines from states that already have emerald ash borer. USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) told news sources that “33 states have EAB infestations, and every year the insect continues to be detected beyond the quarantine boundaries.” Based on the beetle’s continuous spread with the quarantine, eradication is not possible according to USDA APHIS. Federal and state forestry officials say that the quarantine has most likely slowed the spread of the emerald ash borer, but it hasn’t done enough to stop the spread.

 U.S. Department of Agriculture/Flickr

U.S. Department of Agriculture/Flickr

USDA APHIS will make a final ruling in about 60 days after a public comment period in July 2018. The Forest Service considers the emerald ash borer to be the most destructive pest ever seen in North America, with economic costs reaching billions of dollars. Other approaches, including studies on resistant ash trees as well as biological controls are also being researched and explored. Developing a resistant tree and cloning it may be the best answer, says Connecticut state Forester Christopher Martin. Offering a silver lining, Martin said “We don’t think all hope is lost.”

Click here to read the full article

 

Original Article Information:
Marc Heller, E&E News reporter. Published: Tuesday, May 15, 2018.

 

 

 

 

OISC Celebrates 10 Years of Invasive Species Hotline

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The Oregon Invasive Species Hotline has been around for 10 years now! Since its launch in 2008, there have been over 2000 reports submitted either online or by phone. The OISC would like to say THANK YOU to everyone that has reported invasive species sightings around the state -- you have contributed to vital early detection and rapid response efforts that aim to stop the spread of invasive species.

Percentage of All Reports by Species Category

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In their efforts to detect new outbreaks, invasive species experts in Oregon face the daunting challenge of tracking hundreds of potential new invaders across millions of acres of farms, forests, and waterways. They can't do it alone. They need the help of all Oregonians to be their eyes in the field. To report invaders using the Oregon Invasive Species Online Hotline and search past reports, go here. To call in a sighting, call our Invasive Species Hotline: 1-866-INVADER (1-866-468-2337).

Visit our Report an Invader webpage to learn about other ways to report an invader!