Minnesota Invasive Terrestrial Plants and Pests Center

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,460,000
Fund Source
Environment & Natural Resources Trust Fund
Recipient
U of MN
Recipient Type
Public College/University
Status
In Progress
Start Date
July 2014
End Date
June 2022
Counties Affected
Statewide
Legal Citation / Subdivision
M.L. 2014, Chp. 312, Sec. 8
Appropriation Language

$490,000 in 2015 is from the environment and natural resources trust fund for the Invasive Terrestrial Plants and Pests Center requested under this act, including a director, graduate students, and necessary supplies. This is a onetime appropriation and is available until June 30, 2022.

$970,000 from the environment and natural resources trust fund appropriated in Laws 2011, First Special Session chapter 2, article 3, section 2, subdivision 9, paragraph (d), Reinvest in Minnesota Wetlands Reserve Acquisition and Restoration Program Partnership, is transferred to the Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota for the Invasive Terrestrial Plants and Pests Center requested under this act, including a director, graduate students, and necessary supplies and is available until June 30, 2022.

2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,460,000
Other Funds Leveraged
$0
Direct expenses
$1,460,000
Number of full time equivalents funded
17.36
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

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Project Overview

Terrestrial invasive species are species that are not native to a location and that pose critical ecological and economic challenges once they become established in that location. They come in the form of plants, animals, insects, pathogens, and microbes that can cause harm to natural habitat, urban landscapes, and agricultural systems. The problems posed by terrestrial invasive species continue to grow as existing infestations expand and new exotic species arrive, many of which are poorly understood. New ideas and approaches are needed to develop solutions and to stay on top of emerging threats. The University of Minnesota is using this appropriation to help launch a new interdisciplinary Terrestrial Invasive Species Research Center charged with using scientific findings to support policy-making, application, and resource management practices that address the terrestrial invasive species affecting Minnesota. The center will coordinate initiatives focused on prevention of establishment, early detection and rapid response, development of new control methods and technology, integrated pest management, and minimizing non-target impacts of control. Proven tools and techniques developed at the center are intended to be implemented statewide as applicable.

Project Manager
First Name
Robert
Last Name
Venette
Organization Name
U of MN - MITTPC
Street Address
1992 Folwell Ave
City
St. Paul
State
MN
Zip Code
55108
Phone
(612) 301-1405
Email
venet001@umn.edu