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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.
This webinar focused on the impacts of invasive species on fisheries in the Pacific Northwest. Case studies examined the impacts and management challenges related to northern pike in Washington and Alaska and the effects of non-native predation of salmon. The webinar was moderated by Justin Bush with the Washington Invasive Species Council. Panelists included Joe Maroney with the Kalispel Tribe of Indians; Parker Bradley with the Alaska Department of Fish & Game; and Laura Robinson, with the Northwest Power & Conservation Council. Watch the webinar, download the slides.
The webinar featured representatives from conservation districts in Hawaii, Oregon and New Mexico discussing innovative, cross-boundary efforts to manage invasive species. The webinar was moderated by Travis Thomason, Director – Pacific Islands Area, NRCS. Panelists included Mae Nakahata, Director, Maui County Soil and Water Conservation District; Michelle Delepine, Invasive Species Program Manager, West Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District; Lindsey Karr, WeedWise Specialist, Clackamas Soil and Water Conservation District; and Debbie Hughes, Executive Director, New Mexico Association of Conservation Districts. Watch the webinar and download the slides.
This webinar examined how the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) collaborates with western states to prevent the spread of invasive species. Panelists highlighted the role of state authority in regulating the movement of pests, and explored strategies to improve coordination between federal and state regulations. Panelists included: Andrea Huberty, Director, Plant Health Programs, Plant Protection and Quarantine, APHIS; Rob Hauff, State Protection Forester, Hawaii Dept. of Land & Natural Resources; Jonathan Ho, Acting Manager, Plant Quarantine Branch, Hawaii Dept. of Agriculture; and Bob Simpson, President, Greenwood Global Consulting. Watch the webinar and download the slides.
The webinar highlighted a tool being designed by the U.S. Geological Survey and National Park Service to develop species distribution models for high-priority invasive plants and reported on research that pairs scenario planning with quantitative modeling. The webinar was moderated by Jeff Morisette, Science Coordinator with the National Invasive Species Council Secretariat. Panelists included: Terri Hogan, Invasive Plant Program Manager, National Park Service; Catherine Jarnevich, Ecologist, U.S. Geological Survey; Greg Haubrich, Noxious Weed Coordinator, Washington Department of Agriculture; and Brian Miller, Research Ecologist, U.S. Geological Survey. Watch the webinar and download the slides.
This webinar explored the various risks that invasive pests and pathogens pose to vulnerable island ecosystems. Panelists discussed the challenges related to invasive species prevention and control in the U.S. Pacific Islands. The webinar was moderated by WGA Policy Advisor Bill Whitacre. Panelists included: Susan Cordell, Director, Institute of Pacific Islands Forestry, U.S. Forest Service; DJ Sene, American Samoa Community College, Agriculture, Community and Natural Resources Division; Pua Michael, Head Forester, Division of Forestry, Palau Bureau of Agriculture; and Chelsa Muna-Brecht, Director, Guam Department of Agriculture. Watch the webinar and download slides.