Invasive Species in Coastal Wetlands: Current and Future Challenges & Management Implications

Thursday, August 17, 2017 - 3:00 p.m. ET


Marla Stelk,  Policy Analyst, Association of State Wetland Managers [POWERPOINT PRESENTATION]



Tom Hall
In 2014, the Ad Hoc Working Group on Invasive Species and Climate Change prepared a report for the Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force and the National Invasive Species Council  entitled, “Bioinvasions in a Changing World: A Resource on Invasive Species-Climate Change Interactions for Conservation and Natural Resource Management.” The globalization of trade and transport is accelerating the risk of introducing potentially invasive species as they are moved both unintentionally and for deliberate purposes. At the same time, climate change poses a threat for the long-term. Combining the threats of invasive species with those posed by climate change can magnify the intensity associated with both issues. This presentation will summarize the findings of the report which serves as a guide to the methods, resources and assistance available for dealing effectively with invasive species and their interface with climate change at the site level, and to inform policy-making and planning at larger geographic scales.

Anne Garwood
Michigan’s Invasive Species Program is cooperatively implemented by the Michigan Departments of Agriculture & Rural Development, Environmental Quality and Natural Resources. In 2013, Michigan updated the Aquatic Invasive Species State Management Plan. This plan focuses on vectors or pathways by which invasive species are moved, to prevent the introduction of new AIS, prevent the dispersal of AIS, detect and respond to new invaders, and minimize the harmful effects of AIS in Michigan. By focusing on dispersal vectors rather than individual species, Michigan is able to implement and promote specific actions to address AIS without putting all effort into single species, and without having to train everyone in the identification and biological responses of each species. This approach to AIS management is particularly useful in wetlands management where many invasive species (both aquatic and terrestrial) can become established through land alteration activities such as construction, shoreline hardening, landscaping, and other habitat alterations.


Tom Hall is a wildlife biologist with the United States Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Wildlife Services Program for the past 32 years.  He currently is an Environmental Coordinator for Wildlife Services in Fort Collins, Colorado.  He has also worked in Nevada, Oklahoma, California, Guam, Oregon, and Denver.  Tom received a Masters in Wildlife from Oklahoma State University.  He has worked with several invasive species including feral swine, brown tree snakes, nutria, starlings, feral pigeons, feral dogs and feral cats protecting a variety of resources including T&E species and agriculture.  He has been a member of the APHIS Climate Change Working Group and on the Invasive Species, Climate Change Task Force. 

Anne Garwood is the Great Lakes Coastal Wetland Ecologist for the Water Resources Division in the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. Anne works on wetland monitoring, invasive species management, climate change adaptation, and protection of coastal wetlands. Anne is a member of the Aquatic and Terrestrial Invasive Species Core Teams. Anne worked in the MDEQ regulatory wetlands program for several years prior to accepting the coastal wetland ecologist position in 2010.

Part 1: Marla Stelk,  Policy Analyst, Association
of State Wetland Managers 
Presenter: Tom Hall, USDA, Animal and Plant
Health Inspection Service, Wildlife Services Program 
  Part 2: Presenter: Tom Hall, USDA, Animal and
Plant Health Inspection Service, Wildlife Services Program
Presenter: Anne Garwood, Michigan Department of
Environmental Quality
     Part 4: Questions/Answers 



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