National Invasive Species Awareness Week: Feb 28

Published online: Feb 23, 2011 news release
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A broad coalition of stakeholders will participate in National Invasive Species Awareness Week (NISAW), scheduled for February 28-March 4 in Washington, D.C. They plan to spotlight harmful invasive species that cause a multibillion-dollar annual drain on our nation's economy. "The Federal government manages around 650 million acres of land, and an estimated 50 million acres are infested by invaders," says Lee Van Wychen, Ph.D., science policy director for the Weed Science Society of America (WSSA). WSSA is among the many public and private stakeholders working with the National Invasive Species Council (NISC) to organize education and awareness events. WSSA will host a seminar on Capitol Hill featuring Dr. Richard Mack from Washington State University. Mack will present research onhow invasive grass species contribute to rangeland fires in the Western U.S. For more information and details on free registration, visit