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                        MN SEA GRANT
                        NEWS RELEASE
8/4/08
Contact: Marie Zhuikov, mzhuikov@umn.edu, (218) 726-7677

Minnesota Invasive Species Conference to be Held in Duluth

The first-ever Minnesota Invasive Species Conference 2008 will be held October 26-29, in Duluth, Minn., to encourage information exchange on topics relating to both aquatic and terrestrial invasive species.

"Our theme is acting locally to protect our legendary lands and waters," said Doug Jensen, conference co-chair with the University of Minnesota Duluth's Sea Grant Program. "The conference is designed to strengthen awareness of invasive species issues, as well as promote local prevention and management activities."

Researchers, land managers, natural resource professionals, educators, students, landscapers, lake association members, agency employees, and others are invited to attend the conference at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center. Before the two-day technical program, a day of workshops for the public and landowners will feature terrestrial topics such as earthworms and gypsy moths, and aquatic topics such as lake vegetation management. A day of tours of attractions and research facilities follows the conference.

"Besides the technical program, we'll be having something for everyone -- youth programs, a special symposium to discuss ship

design and ballast water discharge standards for maritime transportation, and field trips," said Shannon Bengtson, conference co-chair with the Minnesota Chapter of the Soil and Water Conservation Society.

Congressman James Oberstar has been invited as a lunch keynote speaker and to appear at the ballast water symposium. The conference is hosted by the Minnesota Invasive Species Advisory Council.

Registration by September 15 costs $125, but varies depending on workshop and field trip attendance. Single-day rates and reduced rates for students are available. For information and registration forms, visit
http://www.minnesotaswcs.org/Invasives.htm or contact conference administrator Nancy Herselius at info@mnisc.org or (515) 480-2420.


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