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.