Minnesota Invasive Species Conference 2008
Acting Locally to Protect our
Legendary Lands and Waters
October 26-29, 2008
Duluth Entertainment & Convention Center
scroll down to view the post conference highlights (updated 2/25/10).
Nationally, invasive species are a major threat to our economic, social and
environmental well-being, with some estimates of the economic damage at more
than $100 billion annually. In the Great Lakes region, more than 180 non-native
species are present, arriving from a variety of pathways. In the Lake Superior
basin alone, 87 non-native species are present and threaten to spread to
Minnesota’s inland lakes, rivers and wetlands. Dozens more terrestrial species
pose threats to our forest, rangeland, urban, natural and wilderness areas.
first-ever research-based forum on terrestrial and aquatic invasive species is a
collaborative effort by the Minnesota Invasive Species Advisory Council (MISAC)
and is co-chaired by the Minnesota Chapter of the Soil and Water Conservation
Society and the University of Minnesota Sea Grant Program.
conference will unite research, management, and education professionals to:
develop ways to combat invasive species problems
support of research and raise public awareness
state of scientific knowledge in prevention, early detection and rapid response,
control and management, and restoration
and cutting-edge research and biotechnology by the area’s top experts
conference plans to involve the public and youth groups to raise general
awareness. In addition, the U.S. Coast Guard and the EPA will hold a special
symposium during the conference to discuss technology, ship design and ballast
water discharge standards for commercial shipping.
The MN Invasive
Species Conference was held
October 26-29, 2008. Please click on
the following for more information to see what you missed!
Carol Mortensen Award
Restore the Balance Youth Program
Post Conference Material
Conference Program (8 MB)
Abstracts (3 MB)
Conference Proceedings (18 MB)
the introduction to terrestrial invasive plants management course
information about visiting and exploring