Annual Invasive Species Workshop

The 2018 conference and workshop will be November 13-16 in the City of Homer at the Lands End Resort.  

For more information about the conference and workshop visit our workshop page.

CNIPM Changed its name!

We've got a new name! Alaska's Committee for Noxious and Invasive Plants Management (CNIPM) has changed it's name. At the October 2016 Alaska Invasive Species Conference, the membership voted in favor to change the meaning of the P in our acronym from Plants to Pests. This name change reflects the partnering across diverse areas of expertise that invasive species managers in Alaska have embraced. The Board has approved the name change and we are officially now the Committee for Noxious and Invasive Pests Management.

Lygus and Thrips updates

Two new factsheets have been released on lygus bugs and thrips in peony crops. “Managing Lygus Bugs in Peony Crops” and “Managing Thrips in Peony Crops” have basic information about these peony pests and how to look for and monitor them. There is also information on cultural controls, weed management and insecticides.

Firewood can harbor pests!

Bundles of Firewood
Photo courtesy Joseph-O'Brien, USDA Forest Service,

Please buy and burn firewood locally!

Firewood can harbor pests that threaten the health of Alaska’s forests. Help keep invasive species out of the Last Frontier!

To protect our trees:

  • Don’t bring firewood into or out of the state.
  • Purchase or collect (if allowed) firewood near your destination.
  • Leave unused firewood behind; do not transport it to a new location.
  • Report unusual or suspect insects immediately to the UAF Cooperative Extension Service:

What is an invasive species?

Invasive species are introduced species of animals, insects, plants, fungi, pathogens, and other organisms that if not controlled spread to negatively impact resources.  Agriculture, gardens and landscaped areas, and natural resources including fish, game, berries, and other vegetation are often what land managers seek to protect from invasive species impacts.  If management does not occur significant changes to affected ecosystems, farms and landscaped areas can cost land owners, managers, and land users significant money to manage or to supplement lost resource use.  For more information on invasive species visit the Alaska Division of Agriculture and Alaska Department of Fish and Game web pages.  A list of non-native plants and profiles that describe their invasive nature as well as an interactive map of places non-native plants are documented is found at the Alaska Exotic Plant Information Clearinghouse.

Alaska Weeds Identification Application

We are pleased to announce that "Alaska Weeds ID", a mobile application for identification and reporting invasive weeds in Alaska is available for free. The app works for both IOS and Android devices. It includes an interactive key, and form to report sightings of potential invasive weeds or get identification help. The app development was done in partnership with the University of Georgia and others, with support of the Western Alaska Landscape Conservation Cooperative and funding from the U.S. Geological Survey and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Aquatic Invasive Species Information

Elodea species are an emerging issue for aquatic invasive species management in Alaska.  The Alaska Division of Agriculture is leading efforts to manage Elodea.  Get more information and find out how to help here.

For additional information on protecting your waters from all aquatic invasive species go here

Photo of Elodea in the Chena Slough courtesy Fairbanks Soil and Water Conservation District.

Report invasive species locations and get pest identification help

Extension staff and faculty around the state work with partners to identify thebugs, weeds and plant diseases that are affecting your garden, farms or wild plants.  We encourage sightings of priority invasive species and curious observations.  To access this free service simply fill out the online form, including pictures of the pest, here.

For questions about invasive fish, marine life, and animals call the Alaska Department of Fish and Game at 1-877-invasiv (1-877-468-2748)

CNIPM Strategic Plan completed!

See the Alaska Committee For Noxious and Invasive Plant Management 2016 Strategic Plan!  The plan was completed in June with contributions from the board members and the CNIPM general membership.  The plan is intended to guide activities related to prevention and management of invasive weeds, and highlight successes of CNIPM over the last 15 years. 

Gardening and landscaping

Noxious and invasive weeds, plant diseases, and insect pests are accidentally spread through garden and landscape activities.  We can help by planting alternatives to known invasive ornamental plants, inspecting potted plants for unwanted weeds, and ensuring purchased plants are pest and disease free.  For more information on landscaping plants to avoid and their alternatives see the Division of Agriculture brochure and the Extension Service publication "Don't Plant a Problem".

Get your free pocket weed guide!

Need a pocket field identification booklet for invasive weeds in Alaska to know what that weed is in your yard, garden, farm, or to help land managers document invasive weeds on public lands.  Contact us for a guide here.

You can also download the pocket weed guide online at the Forest Service website.

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