Innovations in Invasive Species Management

We invite you to join us for the first Innovations in Invasive Species Management Conference and Workshop to be held in Nashville, TN December 13-15th, 2017 at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel.

This year’s meeting will be co-hosted by the National Military Fish and Wildlife Association’s Invasive Species Working Group, the Tennessee Invasive Plant Council, the Southeast Exotic Pest Plant Council, the National Association of Invasive Plant Councils and Invasive Plant Control, Inc.

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Who Should Attend?

  • Department of Defense Land Managers
  • Department of Transportation
  • Public and private land managers
  • Not for profit land managers
  • Municipal staff (parks and recreation, public works, inland wetlands/conservation commissions)
  • Nursery, tree and landscape professionals
  • Landscape architects and designers
  • State and federal employees
  • Members of conservation organizations
  • Educators, students
  • Gardening enthusiasts
  • Private landowners
  • Concerned citizens

Pesticide Recertification Credits and other Continuing Education Credits will be offered.

Gaylord Opryland Hotel
2800 Opryland Dr
Nashville, TN 37214
Invasive Plant Control, Inc.
PO Box 50556
Nashville, TN 37205
P: 615.385.4319

Call for Presentations

For the 2017 meeting we are requesting proposals related to:

  • Specific Invasive Species Control applications
  • Use of Innovative Tools and Equipment for on the Ground Invasive Species Management

Types of proposals we are seeking:

  • Outdoor Equipment Demonstrations
  • General Session Oral Presentations 15-45 minutes in length
  • Poster Presentations


Abstract Submission

Deadline for entry is October 20, 2017 for oral presentations and November 20, 2017 for poster presentations.

General Sessions

Oral Presentations will be 15-45 minutes long with 5-10 minutes for discussion and questions. Presentations will be included in a relevant general oral session, or in an organized oral session if appropriate.

Poster Presentations will occur during a poster session on Thursday evening December 14th. We ask that you be present during the session to present your poster and answer questions. Posters should be no larger than 4x4 ft.

Outdoor Equipment Demonstrations will occur on Friday December 15th on the Opryland Grounds and at local parks in the hotel vicinity. If you are interested in offering an equipment demonstration please contact Steven Manning

Note to Students: We encourage student submissions. Students who want to present at the conference should submit their abstract according to the outlines on this page.

Submission Instructions

For Symposia and Organized Oral Sessions, abstracts must be submitted for each presentation.

Abstracts must be submitted electronically to Steven Manning. Your email must include the document in the format described below, with this subject line:

Subject: (presenter’s last name) and type of submission (i.e. organized oral session, symposium, workshop, general oral session, or general poster session)

Abstract Content and Style for Papers and Posters

Each submitted abstract must include the following. Please carefully adhere to these guidelines: Attach your abstract in Microsoft Word, using one-inch margins and Times New Roman, 10 pt. font. Single space the abstract and separate each section with a single line space.

  • Title of Presentation
  • Author
    a. Name
    b. Title
    c. Organization
  • Contact information
    a. Email
    b. Telephone
    c. Address
  • Abstract
  • Brief Description
  • Speaker Bio

Working Agenda and Confirmed Speakers

December 13-15, 2017

Conference Program

Final Agenda - December 6, 2017

Speaker Bios and Abstracts

Pesticide applicator recertification credits will be available for the following states: Tennessee, Kentucky, Georgia, Mississippi, Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia, Washington DC, Arkansas, Indiana, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Florida, Louisiana, Missouri and Iowa.

Social - Thursday December 14th, 2017

As part of the Conference there will be a Social on Thursday night at the Water’s Edge in the Opryland Resort with an open bar and heavy hors d'oeuvres.

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Social - Friday December 15th, 2017

Join us for heavy hors d'oeuvres in the Crystal Gazebo located in the Magnolia Courtyard at the Opryland Hotel

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EARLY Registration is available through September 1. To register for the Innovations in Invasive Species Management Conference and Workshop please visit Eventbrite by clicking on the following link:

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Read below for exhibit options.

All Table, Nonprofit and Booth Exhibitors will receive the following benefits:

  • Logo placement on conference website
  • Name and logo displayed in conference program
  • Exhibit booth or display table space
  • One full conference registration
  • Logo placement on conference website

Booth Exhibitor: $1,000

  • A draped, 10’ x 10’ exhibit area, with one clothed and draped 8’ table
  • A second full complementary registration

Table Exhibitor: $650

  • One clothed and draped 8’ table plus 2 chairs

Nonprofit Exhibitor: $300

  • Same benefits as regular Table Exhibitor


All Annual Meeting Sponsors receive the following benefits:

  • Logo placement on conference announcements, publications and website with a link to your website
  • Logo displayed in conference program
  • Logo displayed on prominent signage at the event
  • Exhibit booth space
  • Sponsor ribbons on name badges to recognize your company’s contribution

Additional benefits per tiered sponsor level include:

Concurrent Session Sponsor: $1,500

  • Receive 2 complimentary full conference registrations
  • Your company will be recognized as a sponsor of a concurrent session
  • Your company logo will appear on signage outside the session room

Break Sponsors: $2,500

  • Receive 4 complimentary full conference registrations
  • Your company will sponsor a morning or afternoon break during which all attendees will see your logo prominently displayed at the refreshment area
  • Quarter-page ad in conference program

Exhibitor Reception Sponsor: $5,000

  • Receive 6 complimentary full conference registrations
  • Your company will sponsor the one of the Exhibitor Receptions
  • All attendees will see your company name in several locations during lunch
  • Half-page ad in conference program

Thursday Evening Dinner Sponsor: $10,000

  • Receive 8 complimentary full conference registrations
  • Your company will sponsor the Thursday evening Dinner
  • All attendees will recognize your company name in several locations around the buffet area; speaking opportunity at the general session
  • Full page ad in conference program

Additional or partial sponsorship opportunities are available such as sponsoring the tour, a break, special session, reception, or other marketing opportunity.

For more information please contact Steven Manning at 615-969-1309 or

Hotel and Conference Location

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Experience the finest in Southern hospitality at Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee. Our premier Opryland hotel offers guests an unforgettable getaway with all the excitement and energy of Music City under one spectacular roof. Located only 10 minutes from the airport and featuring an extraordinary selection of dining, shopping, recreational activities and entertainment, there’s never a shortage of things to do at our resort. After unwinding at Relâche Spa & Salon, practice your swing at Gaylord Springs Golf Links, make a splash at our indoor or outdoor pool, hit the gym at our state-of-the-art fitness center, or explore our nine acres of lush, indoor gardens and cascading waterfalls.

Reservations for the Opryland Hotel at the Conference Per Diem Rate can be made by clicking here

If you try to reserve a room and the hotel shows the room block is full, please contact Steven Manning at or 615-969-1309 as there is still space for us to increase our room block if required.