Webinar: Exploring the State-APHIS Relationship

The Western Governors’ Association hosted the webinar, Exploring the State-APHIS Relationship, on April 25, 2019.

This webinar examined how the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) collaborates with western states to prevent the spread of invasive species. Participants from Hawaii highlighted the role of state authority in regulating the movement of pests and plants and explored strategies to improve coordination between federal and state regulations. Panelists also discussed regulations affecting the movement of forest pests in the West. 

This webinar is part of a series of the Western Governors’ Biosecurity and Invasive Species Initiative, the central policy initiative of WGA Chair and Hawaii Gov. David Ige. (Find previous webinars)

The webinar was moderated by WGA Policy Advisor Bill Whitacre. Panelists included: Andrea Huberty, Director, Plant Health Programs, Plant Protection and Quarantine, APHIS (view slides); Rob Hauff, State Protection Forester, Hawaii Dept. of Land & Natural Resources (view slides); Jonathan Ho, Acting Manager, Plant Quarantine Branch, Hawaii Dept. of Agriculture (view slides); Bob Simpson, President, Greenwood Global Consulting (view slides).

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