WATCH: COVID-19 and Invasive Species Programs webinar

The Western Governors’ Association and the Pacific Northwest Economic Region co-hosted the webinar, COVID-19 and Invasive Species Programs, on Wednesday, June 3.

The webinar focused on the coronavirus pandemic’s effects on invasive species programs, including topics such as hiring, training, field seasons, employee safety and budgets. It also featured a discussion of how the COVID-19 “invasion curve” resembles the spread of other invasive species, as well as presentations and Q&A with experts in both aquatic and terrestrial invasive species management. Panelists included:

  • Karen R. Hickman, Professor and Director, Environmental Science Program, Ferguson College of Agriculture, Oklahoma State University.
  • Robert Walters, Invasive Species Specialist, Colorado Parks & Wildlife.
  • Nathan Owens, Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator, Utah Division of Wildlife Resources.
  • Josh Shorb, Supervisor, Park County Weed and Pest Control District.
  • Lauri Hanauska-Brown, Nongame Wildlife Management Bureau Chief,  Wildlife Division, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks.

This webinar was part of a series for the Working Lands Roundtable, which continues implementation of WGA’s natural resource-focused initiatives and serves as a vehicle for discussion on cross-boundary working lands management.

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