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STOCTON FWO: Workshop Focuses on Invasive Species at Yosemite National Park
Region 8, April 7, 2009
Members of the Aquative Invasive Species Program from Stockton FWO assist staff from Yosemite National Park and San Francisco Public Utilities Commission to create HACCP plans. (photo: USFWS)
Members of the Aquative Invasive Species Program from Stockton FWO assist staff from Yosemite National Park and San Francisco Public Utilities Commission to create HACCP plans. (photo: USFWS) - Photo Credit: n/a

by Jonathan Thompson, Stockton FWO

In early spring at Yosemite National Park you'll find native California poppies and western Redbud in full bloom. This year, members of the Region 8 Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) program could also be found buzzing around the Park. On April 7, 2009, AIS Program Coordinator, Ronald Smith,  AIS Fish Biologists Jonathan Thompson and Louanne McMartin, and AIS technician Julie Wolford assisted by Heather Webb and Andrea Kristof of the Delta Juvenile Fish Monitoring Program, were at Yosemite to conduct a Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point planning workshop for Park staff.  Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point or HACCP (pronounced “hassip”) planning is a tool for reducing the risk of spreading invasive species.  The workshop was requested by Park staff, and consisted of a site visit by AIS program staff, followed by classroom training.  The workshop will assist  staff to create an Aquatic Invasive Species Management for Yosemite National Park.  Park staff involved with fire, visitor interpretation, aquatic ecology, utilities, weed management, and administration attended the workshop.  Three representatives from the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission also attended.  The workshop produced 8 HACCP plans, a sound foundation for the development of the Aquatic Invasive Species Management plan for the Park. The workshop also resulted in an increase awareness of invasive species, and a partnership between the Yosemite National Park and the Region 8 Aquatic Invasive Species Program.

Contact Info: Yvette Leatherman, (209) 946-6400 x301, yvette_leatherman@fws.gov