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Blast from the Past – Traveling 50 Years Back in Aquatic Plant Management

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Mechanical harvesting of Hyacinth 1939
Photo Credit – UF-IFAS-CAIP

Aquatic plant science and management in today’s world is one of the most complex and diverse disciplines in which to work or study.  Focus on identifying, quantifying, actively managing, or even restoring aquatic plants are common goals. The individuals and companies charged with achieving these goals are, as they have been for decades, racing to keep the science ahead of ever increasing invasions and infestations of non-native species, degradation of native habitat, and keeping harmony among stakeholders in multi-use systems.  Working in aquatic plant management today  can be an extremely frustrating, yet rewarding career choice ; a choice that many who read this blog have made or are in the process of making (for those still contemplating, see “Why a career in aquatic plant management“).  We are an ever evolving science where the sky is truly the limit.  In this week’s blog, lets try to gain some prospective of just how far we have come. (more…)

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Regional Update – MAPMS Meeting Wrap-up

The Midwest Aquatic Plant Management Society has just completed their 34th Annual Conference which was held in Lombard, Illinois.  The event was held at the Westin Lombard Yorktown Center, a stylish and sophisticated hotel located in downtown Lombard.  With nearly 200 attendees, the conference featured 33 cutting-edge presentations which covered a variety of subjects including hybrid milfoil and herbicide resistance.

The 2014 MAPMS Board of Directors

The 2014 MAPMS Board of Directors

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Weeds could be outlawed here

Yates County — The Yates County Legislature will not vote on a proposed local law intended to prevent the introduction and movement of aquatic invasive species in Yates County waters during their April 8 meeting as previously planned because additional work needs to be done on the draft law, explains District III Legislator Dan Banach of Milo, who is chairman of the Public Works Committee. READ MORE
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Western Aquatic Plant Management Society Aquatic Plant Scholarship

The Western Aquatic Plant Management Society (WAPMS) is pleased to announce the 2013 Barbra H. Mullin Memorial Scholarship in the amount of $2,000 to support students in the pursuit of a degree in aquatic sciences.

To be eligible, applicants must be currently:

  1. Enrolled as a full-time undergraduate or graduate student in an accredited college or university in the western United States.
  2. Engaged in course work or research related to the biology, ecology, management, or education of aquatic plants.

All scholarship applicants will receive a one-year membership to WAPMS and a waiver of registration fees for the meeting at the Coeur d’Alene Resort in Coeur d’Alene, ID on March 25-27, 2013.

Applications will be judged by a committee of academic, industry, and agency representatives. Judging will not be done by individuals with a personal or institutional affiliation with the applicant. Announcement of the scholarship winner will be made at the 2013 WAPMS meeting. Winner need not be present.

Application Procedure:

  1. Applicants must provide a short resume/curriculum vitae, transcripts of college/university coursework (unofficial is acceptable), and a statement that describes the intended use of scholarship funds, applicable collaborators, and the applicant’s career goals. The statement should be limited to four pages (double spaced).
  2. Two letters of support must be submitted. At least one should be from a college/university faculty member familiar with the applicant’s abilities, interests and career goals. Letters may be emailed.
  3. All application materials should be submitted electronically to the WAPMS Scholarship Program Chair, Dr. Joe Vassios (joseph.vassios@uniphos.com), by March 14, 2013 at 5:00 (PST).

Click here to download pdf of announcement

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Muck-monster at work — briefly — on Orange Lake

Frank Taylor with A&L Aquatic Weed Control shreds vegetation near the Heagy-Burry boat ramp on Orange Lake in Orange Lake Monday morning. READ MORE
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Great Lakes Commission to tackle Internet sales of aquatic invasive species

Ann Arbor, Mich. – The Great Lakes Commission (GLC) has received a $400,000 grant through the U.S. EPA-led Great Lakes Restoration Initiative to develop and demonstrate web-crawling software to assess the availability of aquatic invasive species for purchase – and identify sellers of those species – on the Internet.

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2013 MidSouth Aquatic Plant Management Society Scholarship Opportunity

The MSAPMS is seeking applications for the 2013 graduate student scholarship to be awarded at the 2013 annual meeting. We request that the successful applicant attend the meeting and give a presentation, if possible. One scholarship of $2,000 will be awarded to a qualified student applicant.

To apply, The Scholarship Committee should receive the following information before June 1, 2013:

1. A cover letter which includes the applicant’s previous, current, and future relationship to the aquatic plant management industry, and a comment on the importance of the proposed research to aquatic plant management.

2. Copies of unofficial or official transcripts of undergraduate and any graduate work completed to date (these transcripts may be those issued directly to the student by the institution);

3. A letter from the student’s major professor recommending the student for the scholarship, indicating that the student is currently enrolled and in good standing and has had their research proposal approved by their graduate advisory committee;

4. A copy of the approved graduate research proposal; and

5. One letter of recommendation, other than the major professor.

All submissions may be made with either hardcopy, addressed as below, or electronically via e-mail.

To enter an application or request more information, contact:

Dr. John D. Madsen
Mississippi State University
Geosystems Research Institute
Box 9627
Mississippi State, MS 39762-9627
Ph. 662-325-2428
E-mail. jmadsen@gri.msstate.edu

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Group: Holliston lake problem needs action, not study

HOLLISTON — Town officials and a local advocacy group are butting heads over how to tackle the weed problem in Lake Winthrop.

Officials plan to take the first of three water samples this month, the first step in a new study of the lake, said Conservation Agent Chuck Katuska.

But the Lake Winthrop Watershed Association, an active but unofficial town committee, is fed up with studies.

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Officials are asking for your help over Memorial Day weekend to control noxious weeds

The Memorial Day weekend traditionally marks the start of Idaho’s recreational season. But state noxious weed officials say it is also the start of the state’s greatest period of threat from the spread of noxious weeds.

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Lake Lowery: Private and Weedy

Polk County officials recently received a plea from a Lake Lowery homeowner to do something about an aquatic weed problems at the 900-acre lake between Haines City and Lake Alfred. County officials informed him the weed problem was up to him to solve.

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