UW-Stevens Point’s Continuing Education Department is offering a 2-day, weekend aquatic plant biology and identification course on June 16-17, 2018 at Mission Lake Waypost Camp in Hatley, WI. This course will include in-depth instruction on vascular and non-vascular aquatic plants, including hands-on classroom work, field sampling, and identification practice during several trips down to Mission Lake.
Participants will receive a certificate of completion and have the option to receive 1.2 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) from UW-Stevens Point.
Registration includes: a hand lens, two breakfasts, two lunches, and a waterproof copy of Aquatic Plants of the Upper Midwest, 3rd Edition.
This course runs from 9:00-4:00 each day, and lodging is available on-site. For more information, please visit the course web page. Aquatic Plant-ID
This course will be taught by Paul Skawinski, author of Aquatic Plants of the Upper Midwest and Aquatic Plant Taxonomy instructor at UW-Stevens Point. It is part of a 4-course offering by UW-Stevens Point, but participants can choose to register only for the courses that interest them.
Registration and Setup: 1-5PM
Presidents reception: House of Blues 6:30-10PM
After 26 years, Colorado welcomes NALMS back to the headwaters state. Colorado is home to thousands of both natural alpine lakes and reservoirs. We are proud of our mountains and appreciate the importance of our lakes and reservoirs.
In Colorado, water is used for fishing, drinking, farming, rafting, camping, mining, ranching, boating, brewing, and much more. These uses are supported with a statewide annual average rainfall of just 17 inches. The lakes and reservoirs throughout the West and the Rockies provide the resources to meet these diverse needs. Finding balance in how we manage them is important.
Finding Balance is the key to managing our lakes, watersheds, and even day-to-day relationships with
people. Come to NALMS 2017 in Colorado to hear fascinating lake talks, see the mountains, and network.
In Memoriam – Chip Welling
On April 28, 2017, we lost a champion of science-based invasive species management, and many of us also lost a cherished friend and colleague. Charles “Chip” H. Welling passed away on that day, after a ten month battle with cancer. For 24 years, Chip worked for Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and, for most of that time, was the Eurasian watermilfoil or invasive aquatic species coordinator. While in that position, he was adamant that management be based on good science, and would often ask to “see the journal article.” This scientific skepticism was learned, in part, while a graduate student under the famous wetland ecologist Arnold van der Valk at Iowa State University. Given Dr. van der Valk’s reputation, I am sure that Chip’s M.S. was hard-won. Over the years, Chip could be counted on to give a thorough yet impartial review of journal articles and, more than once, I received a tough review from him on my submissions.
Many of us have worked with Chip on research projects in Minnesota – from the early years of triclopyr registration to the flowering rush invasion. Chip was eager to have studies conducted on management of Minnesota’s invasive aquatic plant issues, and would play host to the annual invasion of researchers from federal and state agencies, universities, and private companies. Chip was also an advocate of state-funded applied research, and supported many projects utilizing various control technologies to find practical solutions to invasive plant problems. Even before the field work was completed, he’d start asking about the peer-reviewed journal article. Chip clearly recognized the value of scientific support for managing invasive species. That science-driven approach influenced other Midwestern aquatic invasive species resource agencies.
I don’t exactly remember when I first met Chip, but I do know that by the early 1990’s I was on his rolodex. He’d call with a question about Eurasian watermilfoil or to dispute a point in a paper, but eventually the talk would turn to walleye fishing (or any fishing, for that matter). He’d ask about my last trip to the North Country, or if I was coming to chase ditch parrots in Dakota. He loved angling and, if he were fishing with his daughter Robin, then all things were perfect. Chip had a keen, but dry, sense of humor, laughing at the follies of others, and occasionally at his own. A few years ago he sent me a clipping from the Stockton paper that had a picture of hippos eating waterhyacinth, asking if we (in California) were really that desperate to control weeds. “How about using manatee?” he asked.
Sadly, Minnesota has lost a champion of her lakes, and we all lost a proponent of science-based management – and many of us lost a friend. If Chip is crossing the Styx, I am sure he’d ask Charon if the fish are biting.
John Madsen, President, APMS
Photo caption: Chip Welling inspecting flowering rush on Detroit Lakes, Minnesota in 2011.
THE AQUATIC PLANT MANAGEMENT SOCIETY, Inc.
Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants
7922 NW 71st Street
Gainesville, FL 32653
ANNOUNCEMENT: APMS GRADUATE STUDENT RESEARCH GRANT 2017
A graduate student research grant on the biology, ecology, and management of starry stonewort (Nitellopsis obtusa) is being offered by the Aquatic Plant Management Society’s research and education initiative, in cooperation with the Aquatic Ecosystem Restoration Foundation, Midwest APMS and the Northeast APMS. The RFP is also sponsored by LONZA , SePRO, and UPI.
Objective: To provide a grant to support a graduate student to conduct research on the biology, ecology, and/or management (used alone or integrated with other management approaches) of starry stonewort in the Midwestern or northeastern United States. While field work should focus on one or both of those two regions, postgraduate degree offering institutions from anywhere in the United States may apply to this RFP.
Applicants: Solicitation for proposals is open to any full-time faculty member of an accredited U.S. academic institution. A faculty sponsor must submit this proposal through the grants office of the University with which they are affiliated. While the intention is to support a graduate student in part, a student need not be identified by name.
Amount: $60,000 (it is the policy of APMS not to pay overhead or indirect costs).
Duration: Two (2) years ($30,000 per year).
Proposal Deadline: Applications must be postmarked no later than April 30, 2017. The grant awardee will be announced at the 2017 Aquatic Plant Management Society Annual Meeting.
Guidelines for Proposals: Proposals should contain a concise statement of the project, including its purpose and justification, as well as sections that discuss study objectives, methodology, schedule, budget, and planned publication of results. The resumé of the faculty applicant and graduate student (if known) should not exceed two (2) pages each. Proposals should not exceed ten (10) pages, and must be signed by the applicant (principal investigator) and an appropriate university official. Include copies of up to five (5) of your most recent peer reviewed publications. Please submit a pdf file of your full application via email to Dr. John Madsen at firstname.lastname@example.org. The grant proposal will be judged based on the quality of the scientific approach, applicability to management of starry stonewort, feasibility, and potential of applicants to continue in aquatic plant management activities or involvement in the future of the society.
Award: The award will be announced at the 2017 Aquatic Plant management Society Annual Meeting in July 2017. Notification of award will be provided to the faculty member in time to make arrangements to attend the APMS 57th Annual Meeting (July 16-19, 2017 – Daytona Beach, Florida). Payments will be made before January 31st of 2018 and 2019.
Requirements: Semi-annual progress reports must be submitted to APMS prior to June 30th and December 31st for each year of the grant. The faculty member and student must participate in at least one APMS regional chapter meeting and attend the APMS Annual Meeting. The student must present results of the funded research at least one time over the duration of the grant, although it is preferred that presentations are made annually. Upon completion, a final report must be submitted to APMS.
Inquiries: Dr. John Madsen USDA – ARS, EIWRU, University of California-Davis, Mail Stop 4 – One Shields Avenue, Davis, CA 95616, Phone: 530-752-7870, Email: email@example.com.
By Lois Wolfson
President, Michigan Chapter North American Lake Management Society
The Michigan Chapter of the North American Lake Management Society (McNALMS) and Michigan Lake and Stream Associations are again sponsoring the Lake Research Student Grants Program. The purpose of the program is to promote University student efforts to work with lakes and lake communities to enhance lake management. Projects that increase the understanding of lake ecology, strengthen collaborative lake management, build lake partnerships, and/or expand citizen involvement in lake management are eligible for consideration. This year our two organizations expect to fund one or more projects from a total pool of $4,000. The deadline for proposal submission is February 17, 2017.
Please help get the word out to interested students.
Click here to download the Call for Proposals and Application Form.
Information is also available on the McNALMS web site at www.mcnalms.org .
For Immediate Release:
Executive Order 13112 Amendments — Safeguarding the Nation from the Impacts of Invasive Species