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Rangeland Invasive Species Committee
Minutes from the 2006 RISC Meeting
Society for Range Management
Rangeland Invasive Species Committee (RISC)
Minutes from the 2006 RISC, Sunday, February 12, 2006
Chair: Walter H. Fick
The committee was called to order by Walter Fick at 1:10 p.m. and adjourned at 2:50 p.m. on Sunday, February 12, 2006 at the Hyatt Hotel in Vancouver, B.C. Fifteen individuals attended all or part of the session. Items of business included the following:
  1. In 2005 the committee had worked on rewording the current Noxious and Invasive Weeds position statement and renaming the position statement as Invasive Species. Public Affairs had submitted a change in wording to RISC. Public Affair's position statement on Invasive Species was accepted with the recommendation that definitions from Executive Order 13112 be added.
  2. Concerns were expressed about the current definition of invasive species. The original Executive Order does not include beneficial exotics, but the definition seems to be a moving target.
  3. Fick led a brief discussion on the BLM - EIS comment period that expired on February 10, 2006. Other communications during the year included concerns about the release of Roundup Ready alfalfa germplasm.
  4. SRM Director Joel Brown encouraged the RISC to develop a website. He provided information from the Watershed/Riparian Committee (WRC) as an example. Fick mentioned that Monica Pokorny has previously volunteered to work on development of a website for RISC. Ann Tanaka is the contact person to put committee information on the SRM website.
  5. Kevin Guinn brought a proposal suggested by Roger Sheley via the Advisory Council. The proposal wanted SRM to support increased funding for research on renovation of medusahead infested sites. Rita Beard expressed concern about supporting a single species vs "invasives" in general. Even though funding has been appropriated to address single species e.g. saltcedar, that approach has taken funds away from working on other species.
  6. Bob Wilson shared a resolution from the Nevada Section regarding the expansion of red brome following wildfires. The problem is money appropriated for revegetation of burned areas does not have a component for much needed monitoring and applied research. Rapid response is needed, on-the-ground managers are unaware of what funds are available, and many federal agencies have reduced support of range research.
  7. Rita Beard shared information on current bills in congress (Sen. Wyden, Oregon and Rep. Porter, Nevada) that would allow the USFW and the U.S. Park Service to use federal dollars and cooperate with projects on private lands, as long as that participation benefits public lands.
  8. Rita Beard also discussed a yellow star thistle initiative in the West that has already been endorsed by the western governors.
  9. Meeting announcements included: National Invasive Weeds Awareness Week, Washington D.C. February 26-March 3, 2006 USDA Announcement of Funding for the Management and Control of Invasive Species Affecting Grazing Land - April 2, 2006 deadline Symposium: Ecology and Management of Red Bromegrass Fine Fuels in Southwest Deserts, Arizona State University Polytechnic Campus, Mesa, AZ, May 16-17, 2006
Outcomes:
  1. RISC supports a resolution to increase funding for research on invasive annual grasses, e.g. medusahead, cheat, red bromegrass.
  2. RISC would ask that SRM encourage the U.S. Forest Service, USGS, and USDA-ARS to support more range research.
  3. Rita Beard, Walt Fick, Dale Weisbrot, and Jeremy James volunteered as a subcommittee to work on a handbook for the RISC. Monica Pokorny will be contacted to see if she is still interested in helping develop a web site.
  4. Jeremy James, Burns, Oregon was selected as chair-elect for the RISC beginning his 2-year term after the Reno meeting in 2007.
  5. Invasive Species Position Statement (see attached).
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