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.
Montana Gov. Steve Bullock identified invasive species as one of the "great environmental and economic threats to western landscapes" at the Nov. 14 workshop of the Western Governors’ Biosecurity & Invasive Species Initiative. The workshop in Helena, moderated by Leah Elwell of the Invasive Species Action Network, focused on the them of "Early Detection and Rapid Response."
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.