is pleased to announce the 1st

LIISMA Invasive Species Conference 

June 22, 2017 ~ 8:00 a.m - 5:00 p.m.

Sisters of St. Joseph

1725 Brentwood Road - Brentwood, New York 11717

The 1st LIISMA Invasive Species Conference offers a wealth of planning and management stategies to help limit the devastaing impacts of invasive species on the environment, economy, and human health.

Topics on climate change, iMapInvasives tools, new/emerging species, response approaches, and species identification will help lands managers and public alike conduct and prioritize techniques used for the preventation and management of invasive species.  Both aquatic and terrestrial species management topics will be presented including pathways of introduction, pre and post control management, and what homeowners can do to prevent invasive species within their backyard.

As seating is limited, early registration is encouraged!


LIISMA Invasive Species Conference Information 

Continuing Education Credits:

ISA, NYSDEC Pesticide, CNLP (up to 7.75 CEU), NOFA, Forester and LA for Registered Landscape Architects

Total # of CEU's are pending.


June 22, 2017 - 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
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Sisters of St. Joseph 
1725 Brentwood Road
Brentwood, NY 11717

Driving Directions 


Polly Weigand & Brian Smith 
Long Island Invasive Species Management Area 



 This program is made possible thanks to generous funding provided to the Long Island Native Plant Initiative from the New York State Environmental Protection by NYS Department of Environmental Conservation.

Many Thanks to our hosts the Sisters of St. Joseph, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County and to the LIISMA Conference Coordination Committee for assisting in program development. 



 Conference Agenda

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8:00 a.m.    Registration & Refreshments    

8:30 a.m.    Welcome and Introductions

8:45 a.m.    Why Do Biological Invasions Matter, What We Need To Protect

      -Uli Lorimer, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn, NY.   

9:30 a.m.    Economics of Resources Threatened By Invasive Species  

     -Dr. Travis Warziniack, US Forest Service, Fort  Collins, CO.

10:00 a.m.  Break & Visit Exhibits  


10:15 a.m.  Climate Change and Invasive Species

                            -Dr. Matthew Aiello-Lammens, Pace University, Pleasantville, NY.

10:45 a.m. Prioritizing Invasive Species Efforts Using iMapInvasives Tools & Data

    -Dr. Jennifer Dean, NY Natural Heritage Program, Albany, NY.

11:15 a.m. Priority Conservation Areas (PCA’s), Highly Probable Areas (HPA’s) and Early Detection Rapid Response Approaches for Invasive Species Management in the St. Lawrence-Eastern Lake Ontario (SLELO) PRISM  

        -Robert Williams, St. Lawrence-Eastern Lake Ontario PRISM, Pulaski, NY.

11:45 a.m. Forest Pest Detection and Management on Long Island

      - Robert Cole, NYS DEC, Albany, NY.


12:30 p.m. Lunch and Visit Exhibitors (1.25 hours)


12:30 p.m. Concurrent Lunchtime Workshops

1. Terrestrial Invasive Plant Field Identification Workshop

                     - Rusty Schmidt, Long Island Native Plant Initiative, Hampton Bays, NY.

2. Aquatic Invasive Species Hands On Identification Workshop

             - Chart Guthrie,  NYS DEC Region 1, Stony Brook, NY.

        3. Southern Pine Beetle Signs And Symptoms Field Identification Workshop

                     - John Wernet,  NYS DEC, Region 1, Stony Brook, NY.

1:45 p.m.  Concurrent Terrestrial and Aquatic Invasive Species Concurrent Sessions  

 Terrestrial Invasive Species Concurrent Session 

 1:45 p.m.  New and Approaching Invasive Plant Species

                    - Lara Pomi-Urbat, PSEG Long Island, Hicksville, NY. 

2:15 p.m.  Using the IPM DAT Tool for Invasive Species Management Planning

                    - Dr. Jennifer Dean, NY Natural Heritage Program, Albany, NY.

2:45 p.m.  A Longitudinal Experiment in Volunteer Powered Restoration of a Berberis thungbergii Infested Forested Floodplain.

- William Moorhead, III. Consulting Field Botanist, Litchfield, CT.

3:15 p.m.   Break and Visit Exhibitor

3:30 p.m.   What Can You Do in Your Backyard to Address Invasive Plant Issues?

                    - Patricia Manzi,  Nassau County SWCD,  Syosset, NY.

4:00 p.m.    Tools For Improving the Management of Non-Native Phragmites

                    - Karen Alexander, Great Lakes Commission, Ann Arbor, MI.       

4:30 p.m.   An Integrated Approach to Swallow-wort Containment, Suppression and Eradication - What Works

                    - Robert O’Brien, NYS OPRHP, New Paltz, NY.

Aquatic Invasive Species Concurrent Session 

1:45 p.m.   Aquatic Ecosystems as Unique Habitats for Invasive Species Management

                 - Dr. Judith Pederson, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA.

2:15 p.m.  New and Emerging Species and Pathways in Freshwater Ecosystems

                  - Chart Guthrie, NYSDEC, Region 1, Stony Brook, NY.

2:45 p.m.  A New Frontier for NY iMapInvasives

                 - Emily Runnells, NY Natural Heritage Program, East Setauket, NY.

3:15 p.m.  Break and Visit Exhibitors

3: 30 p.m.  Health and Safety: Toxic Blue Green Algae, What Every Lake Manager Needs to Know

                   - Dr. Christopher Gobler, SUNY Stony Brook, Stony Brook, NY.

4:00 p.m.    Aquarium Trade Risk for Non-native Aquatic Species Introductions

                   - Gregory Bugbee, CT Agricultural Experiment Station, New Haven, CT.

4:30 p.m.   Clean Drain Dry/Boat Inspection Program

                   -  Miranda Ciardulli, Seasonal Boat Steward, NYDEC, Stony Brook, NY.

                   - Talia Haik, Seasonal Boat Steward, NYDEC, Stony Brook, NY.

5:00 p.m. Conclusion


More Information

 Please contact Brian Smith at or at (631560-9945 or Visit the LIISMA Website at