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National Invasive Weeds Awareness Week 2001
Released: 2/22/2001

Contact Information:
U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey
Office of Communication
119 National Center
Reston, VA 20192
Rebecca Phipps 1-click interview
Phone: 703-648-4414

Media Advisory

Biological wildfire. The green cancer. For invasive plants, scientists say, these labels may even be understatements since, over time, non-native plant invasions can spread to unmanageable levels, often leaving extinctions and altered ecosystems in their wake. And, they cost the U.S. billions of dollars annually while presenting an ecological threat that researchers say is second only to habitat destruction.

Don’t miss this week’s opportunity to meet with professionals from across the nation who daily work to prevent the spread of non-native, invasive plants in the United States, featuring scientists and weed managers from across the nation.

Reporters are welcome to attend and cover the following activities:

Tues., Feb. 27, 2001, 5 - 7 p.m.: Pulling Together Awards and Reception, Room 406, Senate Dirksen Office Bldg., Room 406. Reception for Members of Congress and staff and presentation of Pulling Together awards from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.

Wed., Feb. 28, 2001, 1:30 - 4 p.m.: All Taxa Invasive Species Workshop, Dept. of the Interior (1849 C St., NW, Rachel Carson Room). Bring picture identification for entry to the building.

Wed., Feb. 28, 7:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.: World Premier of "Invasive Plants: Impact and Prevention," by the Information Television Network, at the National Zoo, Visitor’s Center Auditorium (use Connecticut Ave. Zoo entrance, parking lot A). Bureau of Land Management scientist Jerry Asher will also give a slide presentation on the impacts of invasive plants on wildlife.

Thurs., Mar. 1, 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.: Congressional briefing on Current Invasive Species Issues, Sen. Larry Craig (Idaho) invited. LOCATION IS TBA. PLEASE CALL REBECCA PHIPPS AT NUMBER LISTED ABOVE FOR EXACT LOCATION.

National Invasive Weeds Awareness Week is sponsored by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Weed Science Society of America, Ecological Society of America, Aquatic Plant Management Society, SePRO Corporation, North Central Weed Science Society of America, Aquatic Ecosystem Restoration Foundation, The Nature Conservancy, Dow Agro Sciences, Northeastern Weed Science Society, Monsanto, Southern Weed Science Society, BASF, Western Society of Weed Science, Center for Invasive Plant Management at Montana State University, Information Television Network, and the Federal Interagency Committee on the Management of Noxious and Exotic Weeds.

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