Biosecurity and Invasive Species Initiative workshop locations announced by Gov. Ige

The Chairman’s Initiative of Hawaii Gov. David Ige, the Biosecurity and Invasive Species Initiative, will include four regional workshops.

The central policy initiative of the WGA Chair will focus on the impacts that nuisance species, pests and pathogens have on ecosystems, forests, rangelands, watersheds, and infrastructure in the West, and examine the role that biosecurity plays in addressing these risks.

“Each state has their own unique set of challenges when it comes to invasive species, but I believe that through collaboration and sharing best practices, we can all find common ground to overcome these obstacles together,” said Gov. Ige during the launch webinar for the initiative.

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.

  • Lake Tahoe, Nevada, Sept. 17-18, 2018. Topic: Prevention, Control, and Management of Established Species (Agenda)
  • Cheyenne, Wyoming, Oct. 11-12, 2018. Topic: Restoration (Agenda)
  • Helena, Montana, Nov. 14, 2018. Topic: Early Detection and Rapid Response (Agenda)
  • Kona Coast, Hawaii, Dec. 9-10, 2018.  Topic: Biosecurity and Agriculture (Agenda)

To learn more about the Initiative and its workshops, contact WGA Policy Advisor Bill Whitacre at 720-897-4538 or bwhitacre@westgov.org.

To inquire about Initiative sponsorship opportunities, please contact WGA Director of Development, Sarah Olsen at 720-897-4540 or solsen@westgov.org.

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