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Webinar: Pathogen-based biological control of grassy weeds

April 24, 2014, 12:00 - 1:00 (Mountain)

The fourth in the Invasive Plants — Issues, Challenges, and Discoveries Webinar Series

Grass species number among the most insidious weeds worldwide. We have evaluated a suite of pathogens on the invasive annual grass weed, cheatgrass, as potential biocontrol agents. Progress on arthropod-based classical biological control of grasses has been fundamentally impeded by the perceived threat to global food security posed by insufficiently host specific graminivorous insects. In contrast, plant pathogens, including fungal pathogens of grasses, are considered to be intrinsically highly host specific. Our studies indicate that it may be possible to manipulate the community of naturally occurring pathogens on this host to create temporary stand failure.

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Webinar: Learning to understanding each other: Values and perceptions of ecosystem restoration

May 20, 2014, 10:30 - 12:00 (Mountain)

The fourth in the Human-side of Restoration Webinar Series

Join us on Tuesday, May 20th from 10:30-12:00 (Mountain) for Learning to understanding each other: Values and perceptions of ecosystem restoration. Stakeholders in ecosystem restoration hold varying values and diverse perceptions about natural resource management. Managers need an appreciation of these viewpoints when framing restoration issues and working with stakeholders to arrive at solutions. Our Human-side of Restoration Webinar on May 20th will touch on this topic of stakeholder values and perceptions of restoration. The webinar will include an introduction by University of Wyoming professor Jessica Clement about methods for garnering public feedback and incorporating it into decisions. We will also learn about two case studies, one presented by University of Wisconsin professor Jarod Blades about public perceptions of smoke management, and another shared by Matt Alldredge with Colorado Parks & Wildlife about values and perceptions of wildlife-human interactions. We look forward to your participation!

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Up to 5 days ahead of the webinar, you will receive an email with instructions and a link for participating through AdobeConnect.

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Contact Megan Matonis for more information or to request special accommodations.