Drought and Invasive Species

September 14, 2017 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Drought creates the potential for invasive plant species to increase in diversity and abundance in a variety of ecosystems, often mediated by the occurrence of disturbances (wildfire, insect outbreaks).  Because the frequency and magnitude of droughts will increase in a warmer climate, scientific information on drought effects is needed to inform management and planning to ensure long-term sustainability of forest and rangeland ecosystems. This webinar will explore (1) current issues related to the effects of drought on invasive species, (2) examples of drought-related impacts on ecosystems, and (3) management options for increasing resilience.

Draft Agenda

2:00 Introduction
Cynthia West (Director, Office of Sustainability and Climate) and [insert name of other WO staff, tbd)
2:10 Drought, wildfire, and invasive plant species in Western forests
Jon Keeley (U.S. Geological Survey, Three Rivers, CA)
2:30 Questions and Answers
2:35 Drought and invasive plant species in Eastern forests
Cynthia Huebner (U.S. Forest Service, Northern Research Station, Morgantown, WV)
2:55 Questions and Answers
3:00 Wicked problems: drought and invasive annual grasses
Louisa Evers (Bureau of Land Management, Portland, OR)
3:20 Questions and Answers
3:30 Conclude

How to join the webinar?

Audio Conference Line: 1-877-369-5243
Access Code: 0368706#
WO Meeting Room: Civilian Conservation Corps (PNW04)
Questions? Contact Lois Ziemann, lziemann@fs.fed.us

A recording of the webinar will be available upon its conclusion at the webinar link shown above.