Scheduled Meetings and Information
Plans for the MRBP’s upcoming coordination meeting are coming together. As was originally planned for October 2021, the September 13-14, 2022, meeting will be held at Reelfoot Lake State Park near Tiptonville in northwest Tennessee. Preliminary meeting details and information on the state park are provided below. An option for remote participation will be provided, however, in-person participation is encouraged to take full advantage of additional time for discussion with speakers and meeting attendees, networking, and building relationships with other AIS professionals around the basin. Please note the deadlines highlighted throughout the information below.
All MRBP members, whether you will be attending the meeting or not, are asked to provide a brief written update on significant ANS activities, accomplishments, and issues of concern since the previous MRBP meeting (March 2022). Member updates are requested by August 31st and should be submitted to MRBP@MICRArivers.org. Member updates received by August 31st will be compiled and provided to all MRBP members prior to the meeting.
While we hope that most MRBP members will attend the meeting in-person, a virtual option will be provided for anyone that is unable or uncomfortable attending in-person. The MRBP Executive Committee is continuing to plan for an in-person meeting in September, however, the possibility remains for the meeting to be changed to virtual only depending on federal, state, or local policy and/or health restrictions in place at the time of the scheduled meeting. COVID-19 related meeting restrictions from the Department of Interior come into effect when 50+ participants are in attendance. Based on past MRBP meeting participation and registrations received for the September 2022 meeting, we anticipate <50 people will attend the upcoming meeting in person. Unless federal, state, or local guidance changes to require a virtual meeting, the MRBP will meet in-person September 13-14 with a virtual option for remote participation.
MRBP and MICRA Meeting Details:
Meeting Dates: September 13-15, 2022
Location: Ellington Hall Auditorium, Reelfoot Lake State Park, 2595 Hwy 21 E Tiptonville, TN 38079
Reelfoot Lake State Park:
The park’s ecosystem is unlike any other place in Tennessee. Reelfoot lake is a flooded forest noted for its history, fishing, boating, and wildlife viewing. The 15,000 acre lake was created by a series of violent earthquakes in 1811-1812 that caused the Mississippi River to flow backwards for a short period of time, creating Reelfoot Lake. Meeting attendees will have many opportunities for outdoor recreation. More information on the park is available at https://tnstateparks.com/parks/reelfoot-lake.
Agenda: An updated agenda for the MRBP meeting is here. Agendas for the two MICRA meetings are in the works and will be shared closer to the meeting date.
A 2-hour guided pontoon boat tour of Reelfoot Lake has been scheduled for Monday afternoon from 4:00 – 6:00 pm. The state park charges $21.95 per person for the tour and the fee will be collected on site. Seating for this tour is limited. Please be sure to register on the attached registration form if you are interested.
Our host agency for the meetings, TWRA, will be organizing a fish fry at the state park on Tuesday evening. A fee (~$10) will be collected on site to help cover the cost of food and supplies. More details will be provided closer to the meeting date.
Registration: Please click here to register for the meeting by Friday, August 12th. Registration is not required and there is no registration fee to attend the meeting; however, your registration will help us to plan logistics for the meetings including the field trip and evening social. We understand that most attendees will need to obtain travel approval and your plans ae subject to change, but we ask that you register as soon as possible to indicate your tentative plans. Your registration information can be updated as necessary if your travel plans change. Please contact MRBP@MICRArivers.org if you would like to register for the meeting or need to make changes to your registration after August 12th.
Lodging: Meeting attendees will be responsible for making their own lodging arrangements. Many lodging options are available in and around the state park. The park has two campgrounds with RV and tent campsites. Reservations can be made through the park website https://tnstateparks.com/parks/reelfoot-lake. There are several small hotels located outside the state park and near the meeting facility. Additional options, including national hotel chains, are available in Union City, TN, approximately 30 minutes east of Reelfoot Lake State Park.
Transportation: Meeting attendees are responsible for making their own travel arrangements. Reelfoot Lake State Park is approximately 2.25 hours north of Memphis International Airport; 3.25 hours west of Nashville International Airport; and 3.5 hours south of St. Louis International Airport.
Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force
More information is available on the ANS Task Force website