The work of the Western Governors’ Biosecurity and Invasive Species Initiative, the central policy initiative of WGA Chair Hawaii Governor David Ige, will focus on the impacts that nuisance species, pests and pathogens have on ecosystems, forests, rangelands, watersheds, and infrastructure in the West. The Initiative will examine the role that biosecurity plays in addressing the risks posed by invasive species.
The Chairman’s Initiative of Hawaii Gov. David Ige, the Biosecurity and Invasive Species Initiative, will include four regional workshops to be held in Nevada (Sep. 17-18), Wyoming (Oct. 11-12), Montana (Nov. 11) and Hawaii (Dec. 10). The workshops will gather leading regional experts to discuss challenges and opportunities in addressing cross-boundary invasive species issues. Each will be livestreamed by WGA to ensure the widest possible audience for the work of the initiative.
This webinar began with remarks by Hawaii Gov. David Ige highlighting the importance of invasive species management in the West, and the Initiative's goals and deliverables. Gov. Ige also announced the location of regional workshops to be held in Nevada, Wyoming, Montana and Hawaii. Leaders in invasive species data management also discussed WGA's Invasive Species Data Management Recommendations, a new effort to improve the interagency exchange of invasive species occurrence data in the West. Watch the webinar, download the slides.