Federal Interagency Committee for the Management of Noxious and Exotic (FICMNEW) presents:
“Jerry Asher National Invasive Plant Management Memorial Award”
Each year, FICMNEW presents the Jerry Asher National Invasive Plant Management Memorial Award for an individual’s outstanding leadership in the field of Invasive Plant Management.
The award is in honor of Mr. Jerry Asher, who was a great leader, mentor, and colleague of the BLM and FICMNEW. FICMNEW selects an individual who exhibits the spirit, passion, and knowledge that Jerry Asher carried throughout his career with the BLM.
Recently, FICMNEW honored Dr. John Lydon, a fellow FICMNEW member with the USDA Agriculture Research Service (ARS) Sustainable Agricultural Systems Laboratory in Beltsville, MD. Dr. Lydon served as the National Weed Program Leader for ARS since 2009 and led ARS research initiatives involving invasive plants, herbicide resistance, and biological weed control. In addition to serving as the ARS representative to FICMNEW, Dr. Lydon served on the USDA-APHIS Technical Advisory Group for Biological Control Agents of Weeds (TAG- BCAW).
Dr. Lydon was a staunch supporter and active member of FICMNEW for many years and contributed regularly to the mission of this national committee. Dr. Lydon provided thoughtful and productive ideas, recommendations, and scientific expertise to the group and other interagency efforts related to the management of invasive plants across the United States.
Dr. Lydon’s friendly and calm approach greatly influenced the discussions, coordination, and accomplishments of FICMNEW. Regrettably, Dr. Lydon passed away unexpectedly in October, 2012. His participation and support in FICMNEW will be greatly missed.
Dr. Lydon’s wife, Martina, with the ARS National Agricultural Library, accepted the award in John’s honor.
Bob Nowerskii, USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA); Kevin Hackett, USDA, Agriculture Research Service (ARS); Martina Lydon, National Agriculture Library (NAL); Amy Rossman, (ARS), Dan Strickman (ARS)