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Invasive Annual Grasses  Field Workshop
Continuing to build skills on how to defend and grow your core

Two day field workshop
July 16: 9:00am-5:00pm &
July 17: 7:00am-4:00pm
Sheridan, WY
Classroom & Field
Agenda Topics

  • Developing landscape context 

  • Defining core and identifying risks

  • Reading the landscape through pretreatment assessment and recovery potential

  • Implementation of treatments (helicopter application and demo)

  • Linking landscape and project scales 

  • Project scale planning - developing a plan 

Have questions about the workshop?
Contact, Claire Visconti 
Continuing Education Credits ​​

Society of Rangeland Management (SRM) 

Attending both days of the workshop (10 Credits) 

Wyoming Commercial Applicators 

Attending both days (9.5 Credits) 

About the Event

In this two-day field and classroom workshop, participants will build upon the information presented in the Level 1 Virtual Workshop: Defending and Growing the Core by Breaking the Cycle of Annual Grass Invasion. This hands-on workshop is designed to take a more in depth look at how you can strategically plan for and manage invasive annual grasses (IAG). Participants will visit various sites including intact core areas and growth opportunity areas where we will discuss potential management approaches in each situation. This is also a great opportunity for participants to see multiple management tactics and their effects on rangeland plant communities over time. We will explore various monitoring techniques and discuss strengths and weaknesses. Through this field workshop, participants will become familiar with different management practices and improve their capacity to determine which management tactics will best suite their needs in different situations.

Virtual Workshop
Defending and Growing the Core by Breaking the Cycle of Annual Grass Invasion

Date: April 3, 2024
Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm Mountain Time
Format: Online via Zoom
Registration: Free and open to all

Invasive annual grasses–such as cheatgrass, medusahead, and ventenata–are the leading cause of degradation and loss of America’s sagebrush grasslands, reducing forage and habitat, fueling more frequent and larger wildfires, and threatening rural economies. While invasive grasses are widespread, there remains a generational opportunity to proactively address this threat. However, many land managers may not be equipped with the information needed to plan and implement effective treatments.

In this one-day virtual workshop, participants will learn about guiding principles, strategic planning processes, tools, and tactics for managing annual grass invasion in sagebrush country. Participants will be introduced to the proactive “defend and grow the core” management philosophy, which emphasizes protecting intact and functioning native plant communities, and expanding them through improved management techniques, rather than initially starting with the most degraded areas. This workshop seeks to inspire participants and start conversations across the sagebrush biome on how to meet the invasive annual grass problem head on in their own watersheds. We hope this information will be especially useful to any land manager, landowner, or conservation practitioner working to conserve and protect the sagebrush biome.

Agenda Topics
  • Why now?

    • Background and urgency of the problem

  • Biology and ecology: What you need to do to break the invasion process.

  • Landscape planning

    • Guiding strategies for proactive management 
    • How to pick the best places to work at a landscape scale
  • Project-Scale planning 
    • What to do in the best places​
    • Effective tools and tactics​​​
  • Call to action
    • Steps to get you started​
    • Resources available to support you
Hosts and Speakers
This event is sponsored and hosted by the University of Wyoming’s Institute for Managing Annual Grasses Invading Natural Ecosystems (IMAGINE), in partnership with USDA-NRCS Working Lands for Wildlife, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, Intermountain West Joint Venture, National Park Service, Montana State University, and University of Nevada-Reno Extension.
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