Who’s Invading Our Riparian Space?

The 23rd Annual Meeting of the Arizona Riparian Council was held April 16-18 at the Lodge at Cliff Castle in Camp Verde.

The plenary session was held on Thursday morning and the speakers were:

  • Welcome,  Kris Randall, President of the Arizona Riparian Council
  • Invasive Species and the Economics of Doing Business, Dr. Charles Perrings, ecoServices, School of Life Sciences, Arizona State University
  • Managing Invasive Species in Fossil Creek, Dr. Jane Marks, College of Engineering, Forestry, and Natural Sciences, Northern Arizona University
  • Invasive Plants in the Agua Fria and Verde Riparian Systems, Jeff Schalau, County Director University of Arizona Cooperative Extension, Yavapai County
  • Tamarisk – Can It be Managed? Dr. Ed Glenn, Environmental Research Laboratory, University of Arizona
  • Strategies for Dealing with Invasive Species Through the Arizona Invasive Species Management Plan, Brian McGrew, Arizona Invasive Species Advisory Council member for Arizona Department of Agriculture
  • Panel Discussion and Audience Q&A

Thursday afternoon, after the plenary session there was a technical session of submitted abstracts (see Program). The evening dinner buffet guest speaker was Dr. Matt Chew, Arizona State University, presenting Tamarisk: From Good (and Pretty) to Bad and Ugly.

Friday was a classroom session on the identification of non-native plants. The workshop was conducted by:

  • John Brock, Ph.D., Emeritus Professor, Arizona State University, Polytechnic campus
  • Kelly Steele, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Arizona State University, Polytechnic campus
  • Francis (Ed) Northam, Ph.D., Weed Biologist with the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension Office
  • Doug Green, President of the Phoenix Chapter, Arizona Native Plant Society

On Saturday there was a field exercise from the workshop and two sites along the Verde were visited to refine participants skills.

2009 – Lodge at Cliff Castle, Camp Verde