Ben Wishnek

Man with beard and baseball hat wearing a brown National Conservation Training Center jacket
South Region Early Detection Rapid Response Project Manager

Soldotna, AK 99669
United States

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About Ben Wishnek

Ben Wishnek has been in this role since Spring 2020. Prior to this position Ben was the Wildlife Biologist at Bear Lake NWR in Idaho working on wetland management and restoration with a focus on invasive species invasive species
An invasive species is any plant or animal that has spread or been introduced into a new area where they are, or could, cause harm to the environment, economy, or human, animal, or plant health. Their unwelcome presence can destroy ecosystems and cost millions of dollars.

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. Work prior to Bear Lake with the USFWS and other entities was focused on wetland and riparian riparian
Definition of riparian habitat or riparian areas.

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management and restoration. In his free time, he enjoys cycling, gardening, cross country skiing and photography amongst other activities.

From The Library

Finding of No Significant Impact Terrestrial Invasive Plants (PDF)

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) Alaska Region is working with partners to implement a region-wide integrated pest management (IPM) strategy for terrestrial invasive plants, focused on managing small-scale infestations detected on Service lands and at critical access points off...

Rapid Response Plan for Invasive Aquatic Mussels and Snails in Alaska (PDF)

This plan will serve as a framework to facilitate quick and effective management response to reports of invasive mussels or snails across Alaska. Rapid response refers specifically to urgent actions taken to eradicate founding populations while these populations are still isolated (Department of...

Rapid Response Plan for Elodea in Alaska (PDF)

This Rapid Response Plan for Elodea is intended to act as an administrative blueprint to how the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) will respond to newly discovered Elodea within Alaska. The goal of this document is to consolidate information and facilitate communication within the USFWS, as...

Rapid Response Plan for Invasive Terrestrial and Emergent Plants (PDF)

In this document, we provide guidance for treatment options for some of the most widespread invasive plant species found in Alaska, as well as for some species with a high likelihood of becoming invasive in the state. In particular, this document focuses on terrestrial and emergent invasive...

 Management Strategy for Terrestrial Invasive Plants in the Alaska Region (PDF)

This Programmatic Environmental Assessment (EA) has been prepared by the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) Alaska Region to help the Service select a strategy to manage terrestrial invasive plants in the Alaska, in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The...