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.

Click here to Register for the Innovations Conference and Workshop

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:

  • All aspects of Invasive Species Management
  • Pollinators and Habitat Management
  • Herbicides, looking at them from both sides
  • Where does installation of native plant material fit into the restoration scheme
  • Management of invasive species in sensitive areas
  • Managing Behaviors in Invasive Species Management
  • Specific Invasive Species Control applications
  • Use of Innovative Tools and Equipment for on the Ground Invasive Species Management
  • Using Drones to Manage Invasive Species
  • State Specific Talks related to Invasive Species management
  • Developing and implementing a Weed Wrangle
  • Weed control projects or research from diverse habitats
  • Mapping using UAVs
  • Coordinating volunteers and communicating with the public
  • Management of key Invasives: Success Stories and Progress Reports

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 1, 2017.

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

December 13th

Committee Meetings 5-9 pm

December 14th and 15th

Oral presentations, Outdoor Equipment Demonstrations and Poster Session

Confirmed Presenters to Date

Presenter: Andrew Fraser, PNW IPC EDRR Program Coordinator (Pacific Northwest Invasive Plant Council), Seattle, WA
“PNW-IPC EDRR Citizen Science Invasive Plant Program”

Presenter: John Krupovage, Natural Resources Manager 72 Civil Engineering Directorate
- Talk about sensitivity of control around Base Commanders houses
"Challenges in Invasive Species Control in Urban Natural Area Restoration."

Presenter: Joel Helm, USAF 611th CES
"Securing DoD Mission efficiencies and biodiversity by Aggressively Managing Invasive Species on Remote Pacific Islands"

Presenter: Anne Pearce and Mark Renz, University of Wisconsin-Madison
“ISMTrack for Invasive Species Mangement: Case Studies from Wisconsin”

Presenter: Dehlia Albrecht, University of Florida/IFAS, Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants
“Invasive Species Education: Invading a Classroom Near You!”

Presenter: James H. Castle, Wildlife Biologist, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Walla Walla District Burbank, WA 99323
"Eradication of Flowering Rush using the Diver Assisted Suction Device (DASH).

Presenter: Dr. Ed Rudberg, Ph.D. CEO CD3 General Benefit Corporation
Changing Behaviors: Education is NOT Enough

Presenter: Todd Neel Pesticide Specialist, Forest Service State and Private Forestry Intermountain and Northern Regions
“Incorporating new tools and technologies (including pesticides); risk assessment; when working with external partners of NFS Lands”

Presenter: Rebekah Wallace / Chuck Bargeron, University of Georgia Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health
“Tools for Invasive Species Early Detection and Rapid Response Information Management”

Presenter: Sarah Lowe, Botanical Garden & Horticulture Manager, Cheekwood Botanical Gardens
“The Role Botanical Gardens Play in Invasive Plant Management”

Presenter: Amy Walter, Volunteer Programs Manager, Nashville Zoo
“Controlling Invasives to Create the North American Wildlife Exhibit”

Track: Innovations in tools and equipment

Utilizing multirotor drones (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle- UAV) to monitor and treat invasive plants

Field Demo & Presenter: Sheila Kennedy Owner/Operator, S-K Environmental, Portable Invasive Species Rinse off and Reclaim System , Okanogan, WA 98840 U.S.A.
“Eliminating transfer and introduction of invasive species with rinse off reclaim decontamination system”

Field Demo & Presenter: Jon Jackson and Air Force Research Representative
“NatureZap DE Technology” ”Natural area pest plant control with Directed Energy -- Keep aliens away!!”

Presenter: Jon Morton, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
“Using Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) for Vegetation Mapping and Restoration”

Presenter: Bob Caveny, Conservation Stewardship Program Manager, Illinois Department Of Natural Resources
“Aerial Application as an Initial Strike for Heavy Bush Honeysuckle (Lonicera maackii) Infestations in Illinois”

Field Demo Presenter: John Lampe, Founder of Green Shoots, LLC, Saint Paul, Minnesota
“Novel electronic dispenser for precision applications of herbicide sprays and foam.”

Field Demo & Presenter: Curtis Pearce, Uprooter Founder and CEO
“Love the Lever: Multiplying the Force Against Invasive Plants”

Presenter: Zach Richardson, Founder of Chew Crew
“Grazing in Cities: An Overview of the Environmental, Economic, and Social Implications of Grazing Urban Landscapes”

Field Demo Presenter: Al Royster, Birchmeier
“New technologies for Invasive Plant Managers from Birchmeier”

Presenter: Jim Bean, Strategic Accounts Manager, BASF Professional & Specialty Solutions
“The Benefits of Branded Chemistry”

Track: Behavior Change and Education

Presenter: Mike Berkley, Co-Founder of Growild Native Nurseries
"If You DON'T Build It, It Will Come...BACK!" Native Plant Restoration After Eradication

Presenter: Douglas A. Burkett, PhD, Environmental Biologist, Operations Division, Armed Forces Pest Management Board
Invasive Plant Management in the DOD

Presenter: Patterson Clark,
“Using Art to Influence Behavior Change in Invasive Species”

Presenter: Jim Hunt, Mayor, City of Belle Meade, TN
“Invasive Species Management in an affluent Urban Area”

Weed Wrangle Short Talks

Presenter: Cayce McAllister, Garden Club of America Nashville Weed Wrangle Coordinator
The Weed Wrangle and the GCA

Presenter: Meghan Scholl, Friends and Volunteer Programs Assistant, Tennessee State Parks
“Weed Wrangle in 33 TN State Parks”

Presenter: Ginger-Rose Krueck, Co-Executive Director, Co-Founder, and Teacher GROW Enrichment
“Weed Wrangle Update from GROW Enrichment”

Weed Wrangle Updates (speakers to be determined)
Chattanooga, Jackson MS, Dallas, TX, New Orleans LA, Knoxville, Memphis, Nashville, TN State Parks

Strike Teams

Presenter: Terri Hogan, NPS National Invasive Plant Program

Presenter: Jason Hanley, US Fish & Wildlife Service

Presenter: Shawna L. Bautista, R6 Invasive Plant and Pesticide Use Coordinator, Forest Service Region 6, State and Private Forestry
“Invasive Species Management in the US Forest Service”?

Presenter: Jennifer Hillmer, Invasive Plant Coordinator, Cleveland Metroparks, OH
“Using strike team treatment records to measure progress, find maintenance threshholds, and save the planet.”

Presenter: Steven Manning
“Using the Strike Team Model on DOD Installations, a Pilot Project”


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: Click here to Register for the Innovations Conference and Workshop

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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

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