Call for Citizen Science Invasive Species Volunteers: Join the effort to help locate and eradicate invasive plants from WA State!
About the Program
The PNW Invasive Plant Council is a non-profit conservation organization (http://www.pnw-ipc.org/) working in partnership with the USDA Forest Service, Washington Dept. of Agriculture (WSDA) and other state and local conservation groups on a Citizen Science EDRR (Early Detection Rapid Response) program. With funding from the National Forest Foundation and the WSDA, we are gearing up for our third year to search for priority invasive plants in our National Forests and beyond. We are excited to recruit new volunteers and inspire our current volunteer base to search for and eradicate invasive plant populations in WA State. This year we are focusing on documenting invasive species in the Olympic and Gifford Pinchot National Forests but surveys conducted on any public land are also greatly needed. If you are hiking, boating, kayaking, horseback riding or working in these areas and are interested in participating in our program, you are invited to attend one of four upcoming trainings. Two will be held in Olympia, WA on May 8th (1pm – 3:30pm or 5:30pm to 8pm) and two trainings will be in Vancouver, WA on May 9th (1pm – 3:30pm or 5:30pm to 8pm) . We will likely add two additional trainings in June so please stay in touch!
Training Locations and Dates for 2014:
Thursday, May 8th; 1pm – 3:30pm OR 5:30pm – 8pm at USDA Olympic National Forest Office in Olympia, WA. The two trainings are identical so you just need to attend one.
Address: 1835 Black Lake Blvd SW, Olympia, WA
Please enter through the main entrance, which faces towards Black Lake Blvd. The conference room will be on your right when you enter the main lobby of the building. Parking is available in the visitor lot in front of the main entrance, or along the northeast side of the building.
Friday, May 9th; 1pm – 3:30pm OR 5:30pm-8pm at USDA Gifford Pinchot National Forest Office in Vancouver, WA. The two trainings are identical so you just need to attend one.
Address: 10600 NE 51st Circle, Vancouver, WA 98682
Please enter by the front door on the west side of the building. Sign in at the front desk. You can park in the main lot or visitor parking on the south side of the building.
***Capacity is limited so if you would like to attend one of the trainings, please RSVP to Julie Combs at firstname.lastname@example.org (or call 615-812-5295) to reserve your place! We look forward to seeing you there.
Julie K. Combs, Ph.D.
PNW Invasive Plant Council
EDRR Citizen Science Program Director
University of Washington, Botanic Gardens
Seattle, WA 98195