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Mission Statement: Friday, October 16, 2015 1:59 PM

"To conserve and protect Arizona's natural resources by providing a state-level organization that emphasizes an integrated management approach to address invasive or pest plants."

The Southwest Vegetation Management Association (SWVMA) was organized in 1997 to increase awareness about invasive vegetation and foster cooperation between vegetation managers.

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Southwest Vegetation Management Association’s
Annual Meeting
October 20– 22, 2015
Cochise College, 901 N Colombo Ave, Sierra Vista, Arizona
Detailed Conference Location Map (pdf)
FairField Inn & Suites (room discounts)

CANCELLED the pesticide class due to not making our minimum # of registrants.

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AGENDA - schedule at a glance pdf download
BIOs and AbstractsDay 1 - pdf download

BIOs and Abstracts Day 2 - pdf download
FIELD TRIP Bios & Abstracts - pdf download
Scholarship Application for Registration

Article X for Vote
Updated SWVMA Bylaws

Theme: Soils, Fire and Invasive Species: Inter-relationships & Management

Schedule of Events:

Arizona (ADA-OPM) credits will be provided on Tuesday and Wednesday will offer scientific and management plenary sessions and networking opportunities; and a half-day field trip will be hosted by Fort Huachuca on Thursday.

Hotel Accommodations: Online Hotel Room Registration at FairField Inn & Suites 3855 El Mercado Loop - (520) 439-5900

We have reserved a block of rooms at the Fairfield Inn & Suites for $119/night. This hotel is located near the College and other amenities. Hotel accommodations may be reserved online. It is a good idea to register early, as our room block may fill quickly.

This room block and negotiated rate will be held until Monday, September 28th. After that date, the room rate is not guaranteed.

Sierra Vista, Arizona -------> Click here for Map
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SWVMA Board Member Meeting Minutes - Uploaded & Updated

Arizona Weed Management Areas - updated

SWVMA Board Meeting Schedule - All Board Meetings are scheduled from 10AM - 2:30PM

  • Wed, 10 June -- Cottonwood/Camp Verde (Anna will be coordinating a room)
  • Wed, 9 September -- Conference hotel (TBD. either ShowLow, Pinetop/Lakeside, Tucson or Sierra Vista)
    Wed, 28 October -- Annual Membership Business Meeting (held during conference; location TBD)
  • SWVMA Board Meeting: 11 March @ 10AM

San Francisco Peaks Weed Mgmt Area Meeting Wed, 11 March 2015, at Flagstaff Ranger Station 3:00-4:30

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Nomination of Dr. Ed Northam for "Weed Manager of the Year 2014"

"Ed Northam has been an active member of SW Vegetation Management Association ever since he first came to Arizona in the summer of 2000.
He has attended all but one annual meeting since SWVMA was formed, participating in most by giving presentations on various topics and leading field trips. He has served as board member, co-President and Past President. He has helped to teach the certification class that SWVMA has offered in conjunction with annual meetings. He served on Arizona’s Governor’s Invasive Species Advisory Council.
Ed has travelled extensively throughout Arizona, taking the time to visit many roadside weeds. There is hardly an invasive plant manager in the state who has not asked Ed for advice, or identification of a plant. He is the recognized “go-to guy” for invasive plant questions. He is always generous with the time he spends with others, and humble about his expertise. He also coordinated the Central Arizona Weed Management area for several years.
For his long-term contributions to the SW Vegetation Management Association, and to Arizona’s invasive plant managers, the SWVMA Advisory Board nominates Ed Northam as 2014 Weed Manager of the Year."


Welcoming remarks by SWVMA President Dr. John Brock
Keynote speaker: Allen White : Importance of Partnerships
John Scheuring: The Waterman Restoration Project on Ironwood Forest National Monument: BLM and the Arizona Native Plant Society
Carianne Campbell: Collaborative Conservation of Sky Island Springs
Kris Gade: Partnering w/ADOT/BIA/BLM for Highway Treatments
Don Pike: Volunteer Weed Mapping Program on the Mesa Ranger District of the TNF, Using Google Earth
Jim Walworth: When Soil Turns to Dust
Juliann Campbell-Hastie: 200+ Miles of Backcountry and Wilderness Trails: The Inventory, the Recommendations, and the Treatments, All on Equine "Units"!
Ed Northam: Invasive Mustards of Arizona
Kai Umeda: Postemergence Herbicides and Strategies for Johnsongrass Control

Neal Kittelson: Introductions to Buffelgrass Session
Perry Grissom: Buffelgrass and Fire in the Sonoran Desert
Dana Backer: Buffelgrass Control Takes to the Air
Susan Meyer: Potential for the Selective Control of Invasive Buffelgrass in the Sonoran Desert Using Fungal Pathogens and Their Phytotoxic Metabolites
William McCloskey: Imazapyr: Useful for Buffelgrass Control?
Jim Malusa: Holding the Line: Modeling Invasive Buffelgrass in the Coronado National Forest of Arizona

Buffelgrass Panel Discussion

Chris Stetson: FireScape, Coronado National Forest – A Program for Large-scale, Collaborative Forest Restoration
John Caravetta: Update on Herbicide Certification Regulations in Arizona
John Scheuring: Life after Buffelgrass: Eradication is Just the Start
Steve Campbell: Maintaining Healthy Plant Systems: A Method to Manage Invasive Species.
Chris Henninger: NPDES Program
Ben Bloodworth: Biocontrol for Arundo & Tamarisk
Laura Moser: Building a Biocontrol Program in Northern Arizona

Ms. Nancy Caywood, farm owner and manager, about water issues in this area of Arizona, farming techniques used on this farm to deal with water issues, alternate crops being considered for use.

STUDY GUIDE: Arizona Pesticide Applicator's License (Manual download) - or copy & paste this address


For General Information, Contact:
Southwest Vegetation Management Association
c/o Alix Rogstad, President
P.O. Box 5151
Phoenix, AZ 85010-5151

President: Alix Rogstad
Past President: John Brock
VP: Anna Schrenk
Secretary: Kris Gade
Treasurer: Patti Fenner
Board members:
Matt Zoost
Max Allen
Lisa Thornley
Vacant - Board Member

Last Updated: October 16, 2015
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