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 2018 Conference and workshop

The 2018 conference and workshop is November 13-15 in the City of Homer at the Land's End Resort. NOTE: The Land's End Resort has agreed to waive their deposit requirement for federal employees to comply with federal travel rules.

The City and Homer is southern end of the Kenai Peninsula with a vibrant fishing and farming community meet a variety of invasive species issues that encompass marine, terrestrial, and freshwater systems. Southcentral Alaska, has several active invasive species management groups working on issues including eradication of Elodeamanagement 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.

Wokrshops are being developed and will include introductory and advanced topics to accommodate 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.

Student scholarships available

A limited number of scholarships are available for students and teachers to attend the 2018 Alaska Invasive Species Workshop. 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 K-12 teacher is eligible.

Please fill out this form completely, save it with a filename that includes your last name, and email it to Gino Graziano at, no later than 3 p.m. on October 30, 2018.

Call for Speakers

Theme: Surf and turf: Invasive species above and below the tideline

 Requested submission deadline: September 21, 2018

 The Alaska Committee for Noxious and Invasive Pest Management (CNIPM) requests presentations encompassing all types of invasive species management from all areas of the state, with a special emphasis on the following topics:

  • Invasive species efforts in the Arctic Freshwater aquatic invasive species – management successes and challenges
  • Marine invasive species – management successes and challenges
  • Terrestrial invasive species – management successes and challenges
  • Emerging techniques and research
  • Impacts to subsistence and agricultural resources
  • Invasivorism - eating invasive species to control them
  • Regulatory and planning
  • Building partnerships and awareness to stop invasive species
  • Other invasive species related topics

 If you are interested in presenting at the workshop, please submit an abstract through our online submission form

If you are unable to submit abstracts using the online submission form contact Gino Graziano at or 907-786-6315.

For examples of past presentation abstracts see the workshop proceedings. 

Registration and Accommodations

Registration: To register for the workshop follow this link and pay the $180 registration fee which includes lunch for all three days of the workshop.  There will be information out soon on scholarships that waive registration for students who are interested in attending. 

Accommodations: The workshop will be held at the Land's End Resort at the end of the spit in Homer, Alaska. We have a special room block rate for the workshop, with rates between $80.10 and $152.10 depending on the size and location of the room. To receive the room block rate mention the Alaska Invasive Species Workshop when you make your reservation. The Land's End Resort has agreed to waive their deposit requirement for Federal employees to comply with Federal travel guidelines.

Certified Pesticide Applicators, Continuing Education Units

The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation usually offers continuing education units for Certified Pesticide Applicators of Alaska that attend the full workshop. Look for the final amount of CEU in September after the agenda is developed and reviewed.  Typically around 12 units are offered.

Nominate outstanding contributors to invasive species management!

The Committee for Noxious and Invasive Pest Management (CNIPM) would like to recognize and celebrate the amazing contributions and achievements of our friends and colleagues in the invasive species community. Please take a moment to shine a light on a particularly outstanding member of your team by nominating a volunteer, collaborator, employee, or contractor for their exemplary service.

The CNIPM board is accepting nominations for excellence in four categories: lifetime achievement, leadership, outreach, and volunteerism.

Nominations should include:

  • Name of nominee
  • Category of achievement
  • Description of achievement, project or reason for nomination. Please give details.
  • Name of nominator

Members of the CNIPM community are welcome to submit nominations to the CNIPM board through Tammy Davis: Nominations will be accepted until August 15th.

Support the workshop

Generous contributions from supporters keep the registration costs for the workshop low, and allow workshop organizers to bring in excellent speakers. If you or your organization would like to support the workshop follow this support link, and contact Gino Graziano ( to arrange for recognition on workshop materials. 

Past workshop proceedings

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