TEAM Leafy Spurge: Working Together to Purge Spurge Summer 2000 Field Season


TEAM WEB SITE REVAMPED
The TEAM Leafy Spurge website at http://www.team.ars.usda.gov/ has received a major facelift.

USDA-ARS ecologist Gerry Anderson, co-principal investigator of the area-wide program, said the revised web site provides "a wealth of information for people interested in integrated pest management strategies for leafy spurge. " "The new site is extremely comprehensive, and we’ll keep working to make it even better," he said.

The site includes summaries of TEAM Leafy Spurge projects, an extensive listing of contacts, a photo library of leafy spurge biocontrol agents, an archive of papers presented at leafy spurge symposiums, a frequently asked questions page, biographies tional brochures, and more.

Almost all of the web site’s content, Anderson said, is entirely new. All told, the site currently consists of 268 web pages (equivalent to about 400 pages of printed text), 2,256 total files in 55 folders, and nearly 700 megabytes of images.

The website also features links that can be used to e-mail questions and comments to TEAM Leafy Spurge personnel and other leafy spurge specialists.

RESEARCH SUPPORT
The area-wide TEAM Leafy Spurge program uses its funding from the USDA-ARS to support research and demonstration projects conducted by a multitude of local, state and federal entities and land grant universities. In fact, most of TLS’s annual funding is allocated to non-ARS program partners.

In FY 2000, for example, 65 percent of TLS’s funding went to 17 non-ARS partners. In 1999, 68 percent of its funding went to 24 non-ARS partners; in 1998, TLS allocated 73 percent of its funding to 13 non-ARS partners.

These fiscal agreements ensure teamwork, cooperation and the sharing of data and resources. And since TLS funds are often supplemented by funding from the researching entity or other sources, it helps "stretch" the research dollar.

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panorama These panoramas, taken near the Mill Iron-Ekalaka area of southeastern Montana, show what unmanaged leafy spurge infestations can do to rangelands. TEAM Leafy Spurge released mil-lions of flea beetles at the two sites -- tune in next year to see the results!

LENDING A HAND
TLS regularly works with a varied and diverse group that includes ranchers, landowners, land managers, county Extension agents, weed officers and a multitude of local, state and federal entities. This year, TLS helped several new "customers."

• TLS provided field day planning advice and technical expertise to two national wildlife refuges and two Native American Indian reservations, and supplemented those efforts by providing the biocontrol how-to manuals and insect sorters.

• An educational coordinator for the Bureau of Land Management in California felt that TLS was a great example to teach kids about biology, weeds and biocontrol, and subsequently requested 500 copies of the biocontrol manual for classroom use.

• The North Dakota Department of Fish & Game, recognizing the potential impact of leafy spurge on wildlife habitat and wildlife-associated recreation, al. The department is concerned about management of the weed on lands set aside for wildlife.

• TLS personnel also participated in several field day activities sponsored by other agencies.


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