We wanted to let you know about a training and educational opportunity coming up this January in St. Cloud, the Statewide Aquatic Invaders Summit. The event is hosted by the Initiative Foundation, which works to improve the quality of life and to build stronger communities in Central Minnesota.
At this two-day event, attendees will hear from state and national speakers who will share the emerging science and innovative efforts that are on the leading edge of prevention programs from across the country. Attendees also will…
- Have a unique opportunity to hear from national AIS prevention leaders about successful programs in other states and on-the-ground applied science and actions for preventing the spread of AIS.
- Learn from various Minnesota local government plans and approaches as models for action.
- Develop an understanding of current Minnesota practices/laws related to AIS management and prevention.
- Gain insights into successful communication and education tools to encourage public participation and compliance.
- Network with other regional leaders to develop shared visions approaches and resources.
- Participate in the development of a first-of-its kind Local AIS Action Framework (LAF) that will be a guidance tool for local governments and their partners to use in planning for and allocating local AIS prevention aid.
Co-sponsors include the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Minnesota Lakes and Rivers Advocates, Minnesota Association of Watershed Districts, and the Association of Minnesota Counties. Additional support comes from the Minnesota Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment, which is working to restore, protect, and enhance Minnesota’s wetlands, prairies, forests, and habitat.
Early-bird registration is $150 and ends January 6th; registrations on or after January 7th will be $165. To register online, just click HERE.
Direct registration-related questions to Peg Bohn, (651)-452-8506 or email. There are a limited number of scholarships available for non-profit organizations; call Paula West at (218) 838-5010 or email for details.