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2016 Training Resources

Current Issue: INVASIVE SPECIES

Learning Objectives

Key Topics:

  1. Invasive Species and Their Impacts
  2. Pathways of Introduction and Spread
  3. The Invasive Species Management cycle (Prevent, Detect, Respond, Control)
  4. Roles and Responsibilities (Government, Non-Government, the Individual)
  5. Tools in the Toolbox (Models, Detection Tools, Monitoring Tools, Communications)

Learning Objectives:
  1. Explain what an invasive species is.
  2. Describe the economic, social, and environmental impacts of invasive species.
  3. Comprehend the effects/impacts of invasive species on aquatic, forest, wildlife and soil ecosystems with specific reference to biodiversity.
  4. Explain how ecological impacts may vary by species.
  5. Compare theories about the characteristics that assist invasive species in successfully establishing new populations. What makes a good invader?
  6. Describe the pathways through which invasive species are introduced.
  7. Discuss the stages of the invasive species management cycle and components of an invasive species management plan.
  8. Assess the costs associated with controlling an invasive species on a state/province-wide basis.
  9. Outline methods of controlling an invasive species.
  10. Understand how various levels of government and other organizations are involved in the management of invasive species.
  11. Are all invasive species created equal? Describe how risk is assessed.
  12. Discuss the means by which invasive species are detected and monitored and have a basic knowledge of models and tools used to monitor invasive species.
  13. Demonstrate knowledge of the policies/legislation involved in preventing, detecting, monitoring, and controlling invasive species.
  14. Describe the role for non-government and the average citizen in managing invasive species.
  15. Investigate ways to reduce the arrival of new invasive species by setting the foundations for environmentally ethical behaviors and sound environmental decision making.
  16. Demonstrate knowledge of the various forms of outreach and education being used and assess their effectiveness.
Station Resources
Aquatics
Visit DNR Website
Forestry
Study Guide
(PDF 4.1 MB)
Soils
Study Guide
(PDF 904 KB)


From the Surface Down
(PDF 4.0 MB)
Wildlife
Visit DNR Website
Group Presentations
Contest Rules
Download
(PDF 16 KB)
Problem
Download
(PDF 268 KB)
Scoring Tool
Download
(PDF 40 KB)
Resource Links

Below are a number of web sites that will be helpful for the project. YOU ARE NOT LIMITED TO THESE WEB SITES. Feel free to use whatever resources you would like.



Maryland Envirothon
C/O Lynne Hoot
53 Slama Road
Edgewater, Maryland 20137

The Maryland Envirothon
1990 - 2015


Last Updated: 11/3/15 19:01
Craig Hartsock
Maryland Envirothon Coordinator
E-Mail: chartsock55@yahoo.com
Phone: (301) 707-6042