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Great Symposium - thank you for joining us!

San Diego Symp
Poster session at the San Diego Convention Center, photo by Drew Kerr

Presentations are posted! See 2015 talks and posters.

Land managers, researchers, and conservationists came together for Cal-IPC's 24th Annual Symposium at various locations - Balboa Park, the Gaslamp Quarter, and on the water at the Convention Center - in San Diego! The Symposium featured 2 days of presentations and discussion groups covering a range of topics in wildland stewardship, plus a special 1-day conference track on habitat conservation planning and invasive plant management. Other events included a preconference trainings (one on strategic approaches to management, the other on Calflora's Weed Manager), field trips to local restoration sites, a poster and exhibitor session, a photo contest, and our annual raffle/silent auction.

Save the date!

Cal-IPC's 25th Annual Symposium
Tenaya Lodge (near Yosemite)
November 2-5, 2016

Cleveland NF
Field trip to the Cleveland National Forest.
Photo: Chris Crawford

Raffle & Auction

we had lots of fun during this year's reception featuring the fabulous Cal-IPC Raffle and Silent Auction. A big "thank you!" to all the folks who donated items and bid on items. Join us next year (and, if you're able, donate an item!) See our Raffle & Auction page to learn how.


Cal-IPC honors members for exceptional achievements. This year the NPS Weedzilla award went to Clark Cowan of Channel Islands National Park; the Golden Weed Wrench Award went to Bill Neill of Riparian Repairs; the Organization of the Year Award went to Urban Corps of San Diego and the Jake Sigg Award went to Cindy Burrascano. For a description of awards, winners both present and past, and instructions for submitting nominations visit the Awards page.

Photo Contest

Our annual photo exhibit gives amateur photographers a chance to show off their best shots of invasive plants and weed workers in action. We tally online votes as well as votes by symposium attendees for favorites. This year's winners were:

  1. Aaron Echols of Channel Islands Restoration
  2. Sloane Seferyn of UltraSystems Environmental Inc.
  3. Melanie Dickinson of Younger Lagoon Reserve

2015 Photo contest
Winning photos: 1. "Treating fennel on the on San Clemente Island"; 2. "On the prospect of the necessity of a 50-meter vegetation transect through this Arundo: 'I should have called in sick today...'" 3. "Mickie embraces her Bromus carinatus and promises that everything will be ok."
We hope you'll take pictures of your work this fall, winter and spring-- and then enter your favorites next summer through our Photo Contest page!

Symposium Archive
Presentations, proceedings and working group notes for previous symposia starting from 1995.