Annual Invasive Species Workshop

About the Workshop

The Alaska Committee for Noxious and Invasive Pest Management organize an invasive species workshop held annually in the late fall. The workshop rotates between locations in Anchorage, Fairbanks and various rural communities.

The workshop is a forum for discussing invasive species management activities within the state, offers expert presentations about emerging invasive species science and management issues, and training for new and experienced invasive species managers alike. The workshop typically draws 100 to 150 participants.

The 2017 Conference and Workshop

Save the Date for the Alaska Invasive Species Conference, October 227-29, 2015 in Juneau, Alaska

The 2017 conference and workshop is October 24-26 in the City of Anchorageat the Anchorage Marriott Downtown.

The City and Anchorage is largest city Alaska and a hub for Southcentral Alaska where a variety of invasive species issues are addressed. Southcentral Alaska, has several active invasive species management groups working on issues including eradication of Elodea,management of various other species, and outreach. This year's workshop will host a variety of topics highlighting legacies of invasive species introduction and management as well as emerging issues statewide.

Worshops are being developed and will include introductory and advnanced topics to accomodate those that are new to or experienced in invasive species management and outreach. Typically the conference and workshop are worth between 9 and 12 continuing education units for certified pesticide applicators of Alaska.

FREE public lecture

Human dimensions of invasive species - managing risk to Alaska's economy and environment: The case of Elodea, Alaska's first aquatic invasive plant

Tobias Schworer a Senior Research Professional with the University of Alaska Anchorage, Institute of Social and Economic Research will present results of his research on evaluating and managing risk from Elodea.

Where and when:
Anchorage Museum
625 C Street
October 23, 2017, 7 pm

Registration and Accommodations

Registration: $160 To register visit our registration page.
For questions or assistance with registration please contact Anna-Mariah Kelly at 907-474-5042 or 

The Anchorage Marriott Downtown is offering suites at a rate of $99 for workshop attendees. To get the $99 rate reservations must be made by September 30, 2017 so book your room today.

The Marriott will provide discounted valet parking at $10 a day and $20 overnight. There is also a parking garage nearby run by EasyPark that charges $1.25 per hour. Parking from 6 pm - 9 am is free on the street. 

Certified Pesticide Applicators, Continuing Education Units

The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation will offer 12.5continuing education units for Certified Pesticide Applicators of Alaska that attend the full workshop. The breakdown of CEU per day is: Oct. 24 (5 CEU), Oct. 25 (4.5 CEU), Oct. 26 (3 CEU).

Student and Teacher Scholarships Available!

A limited number of scholarships are available for students and teachers to attend the 2017 Alaska Invasive Species Meeting. Scholarships will cover conference registration fees only, no travel funds are included in the scholarships. Eligible students include middle school, high school, college and graduate students, as well as post docs. Any K12 teacher is eligible. To apply, please send an email to Trish Wurtz, stating your interest in a scholarship. You will be asked to fill out a brief application form and return it by October 6th, 2017.

Call for Speakers 

Abstracts submission deadline extended! Please submit abstracts by September 22nd, 2017. Email abstracts as a Word document to Gino Graziano at An example is included to refer to when preparing your abstract in the abstract guidelines.

After reviewing abstracts we will contact speakers that make the final agenda by October 4th.  If you have any questions please contact Gino Graziano at, 907-786-6315. Thank you! We look forward to seeing you at the conference. 

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