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  1. I am currently in the process of trying to come up with a treatment acreage goal for a grant I’m working on. I want to be sure that it is something that my invasive species strike team will be able to handle and that we will be able to accomplish the goals I set! Is there a good way to estimate or a general rule for how many acres per-person can be treated in a month/year? We only have a small team of two or three. How would team size and equipment type factor in? More importantly, am I overthinking this? Thanks for your help!
  2. Hi fellow CISMA Coordinators! As I am settling into the role of coordinator, I am finding that there are many, many moving parts to keep track of! I can see how it could become easy to get lost in the weeds (pun intended) very quickly if I do not have a system in place for gathering my thoughts and organizing my projects! Rather than spending hours on google trying to find the best solution, I thought I would check the collective for wisdom. Do you have a go-to project organization tool/visualization/ or template that helps you keep track of your projects and activities at a glance? Sincerely, Stephanie Hoyle
  3. Arenac Conservation District is looking to hire one full time (40hrs/week) Invasive Species Monitoring Crew Member for a limited term position through August 31, 2022. Employee will be part of a 2-member crew conducting standardized monitoring activities for invasive species in Saginaw Bay Watershed. Activities focus on pre- and post-treatment of non-native phragmites in Bay County, as well as other invasive species within treatment areas. Compensation: $12.50-16.00/hour Work Location: Saginaw Bay Watershed, primarily in Bay County. Benefits: Mileage reimbursement and training; paid holidays Supervision: Arenac Conservation District Manager, SB-CISMA Coordinator Starting Date: May 2021 Qualifications: ● Must have a minimum one year of or have obtained a BS degree in a natural resource related field. ● Must have a valid driver’s license. ● Willingness to work a varied schedule. ● Ability to work effectively with co-workers and the general public ● Ability to lift and/or move up to 50lbs. ● Experience in field-based monitoring and statistical analysis preferred. Must possess or be able to obtain a Commercial pesticide applicators license. See attached posting for more information on how to apply. Questions can be submitted to Gadi Krasner at sbcisma@gmail.com Monitoring Crew Job Description 2020.docx.pdf
  4. Claire, when I reloaded the species catalog on my smartphone app I got an error notification for all of the new species. I tried uninstalling and reinstalling the app, but I had the same problem. Is anyone else having this issue?
  5. Looking for 2 Full time (40 hrs/week) limited term position, through August 31, 2022. Apply by Feb 15. Please see the attached job description. Monitoring Crew Job Description 2020.docx (1).pdf
  6. If anyone would be available to guide me on how the SB-CISMA could get the ball rolling on posting billboards, I would appreciate it! I have a very large area and would like to advertise. PCG/AIS Boater/DMF/CDD included! Thank you!
  7. The following species will be discussed along with reporting and decontamination. Phragmites Flowering rush Japanese knotweed Black swallow-wort Pale swallow-wort European frog-bit Oak Wilt Disease Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Asian Longhorned Beetle Thousand Cankers Disease Beech Bark Disease Balsam Woolly Adelgid Heterobasidion Root Rot Disease (formly Annosum) We hope to see you there! Register today at saginawcd@gmail.com. See attached flyers for additional information. Please share!
  8. One more thorough fact sheet: http://your.kingcounty.gov/dnrp/library/water-and-land/weeds/BMPs/Knotweed-Control.pdf
  9. I have heard over and over that you should not treat invasive phragmites after the first frost. Does anyone know if this is true about phragmites and know the science behind it? I know that a lot of invasive species continue to grow after the first frost so I am just trying to find information about phragmites. Thanks, Kip
  10. Hi Everyone! Thanks for taking the time to comment. We have started adding a little more information to MISIN when first reporting a site. If it is in the right-of-way we are adding ROW to our notes along with the direction for which side of the road. If it is on private property we are adding the address and the distance from the road. These will help us determine ownership in the future. These comments are being done for road surveys through our counties. On private property we would put the entire address in the notes. FYI
  11. Here is the same map but it shows the species we have treated. All of these sites have also been entered into the MISIN Treatment Database. FYI
  12. Hi All, Like many of the other CISMAs we have a summer Strike Team that identifies, verifies and treat our priority species. This year has been our first real year of treatment and the team is doing a great job. We have backpack sprayers and a large truck sprayer that we use for treatment. Each week we post an updated treatment map on our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/sbcisma). Here is our most recent.
  13. Erin, We have seen over and over and over and over this growing season the nasty impacts of mowing Japanese knotweed. Do you happen to know exactly what part of the plant is responsible for this re-growth (stem, leaves, other)? Thanks, K
  14. This is great! Thx! I wanted to share this article if you haven't seen it yet: How much is enough: Effect of Spray Volume on Controlling Invasive Knotweeds http://techlinenews.com/articles/2016/effect-of-spray-volume-on-controlling-invasive-knotweeds
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