Summit at a Glance

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Day 1: October 5, 2016

  • 8:00—9:00 AM

    Registration; Coffee and Refreshments; Trade Show Open

  • 9:00—11:45 AM

    Summit Plenary Session

    • 9:00—9:15

      Welcome and Summit Charge
      Don Hickman, Initiative Foundation
      Video by Wired to Fish


      What’s at Stake for Minnesota in Stopping the Spread of AIS
      John Edman, Explore Minnesota
      Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton (invited)
      Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar (invited)


      We Can Be Successful: What Will it Take?
      Michael Hoff, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service


      Ecosystem Protection at a Local Level: A Bold, New Step in AIS Prevention
      Dr. Peter Sorensen, Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center


      Building Partnerships and Local Capacity is Critical: It’s Everyone’s Responsibility
      Jeff Forester, Minnesota Lakes and Rivers Advocates

  • 11:45 AM—1:15 PM

    Lunch; Trade Show; Poster Session; Networking

  • 1:15—5:30 PM

    Breakout Sessions (Four session choices per breakout)
    (Schedule TBA; session descriptions below)

    • 1:15—2:30

      Breakout 1

    • 2:45—4:00

      Breakout 2

    • 4:15—5:30

      Breakout 3

  • 5:30—7:00 PM

    Trade Show Exhibitor-Hosted Reception: Exhibitor networking, light food, cash bar, and entertainment featuring Hans Blix and the Weapons Inspectors who will introduce their soon-to-be hit “Invasive Species Blues.”

  • 7:00 PM

    Dinner on own; breakout rooms available for informal evening gatherings

Day 2: October 6, 2016

  • 7:30—9:00 AM

    Registration; Coffee and Refreshments; Trade Show Open

  • 9:00—11:45 AM

    Breakout Sessions (4 session choices per breakout)

    • 9:00—10:15

      Breakout 4

    • 10:30—11:45

      Breakout 5

  • 11:50 AM–12:00 noon

    Outside Demonstration of Zebra Mussel Sniffing Dog

    11:45 AM—12:45 PM

    Box Lunch; Trade Show Open

  • 12:45 AM—1:00 PM

    Introductions to Regional Discussions

  • 1:00—3:00 PM

    Regional Discussions/All Attendees; Trade Show Closes 1:00 pm
    “Making a Difference with AIS Aid: Developing Metrics, Demonstrating Success, and Collaborating Regionally”

    Facilitators: Phil Hunsicker, Tina Wolbers; DNR AIS Prevention Planners

    Ten million dollars is going out from the State General Fund each year for AIS prevention. When a legislator or citizen inevitably asks “How do we know this money is making a difference?” local programs need to have answers. Without good quantifiable, comparable numbers or impactful stories of success, the AIS Prevention Aid could be subject to criticism.

    This final session of the conference will split attendees into four regional discussion groups to have meaningful conversations about how all can work together to find solutions to stopping the spread and managing AIS. Groups will work collaboratively to develop a list of appropriate metrics that all counties and their partners should be tracking to build the case that the money is in fact making a difference. Groups will also identify priority projects that could be implemented collaboratively at a regional or statewide level using AIS Prevention Aid.

    Following the Summit, discussion notes will be used to draft a basic template of metrics that can be used by local AIS Prevention Aid Programs. Open to all Summit attendees, participants should come prepared to actively engage in the conversations, to share their opinions, to be open to new ideas, and to find common ground.

  • 3:00 PM

    Summit Adjournment

Breakout Sessions

The following are the breakout sessions that took place throughout the Summit. We have now added links to presentation slides in PDF format.