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Wednesday, July 25 • 2:00pm - 4:15pm
Invasive Species II

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​​​​Opening Remarks & Introductions: Regional Invasive Species Councils, Emerging Threats
Regional state and provincial initiatives, Regional Invasive Species Councils, emerging threats
  • Moderator:  Justin Bush, Executive Coordinator, Washington Invasive Species Council

Western Jurisdictions Invasive Species Initiatives
Introduction and updates from the US Western Governors' Association Invasive Species Initiative and the Canadian Western Provinces Aquatic Invasive Species Working Group
  • Bill Whitacre, Policy Advisor, Western Governors' Association
  • Manjit Kerr-Upal, Director, Conservation Science, BC Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy 

Regional Invasive Species Panel
Roundtable overview and priorities of councils in the region followed by a panel discussion on successes, challenges, and opportunities for enhancing coordination  
  • Tammy Davis, Alaska Department of Fish & Game
  • Gail Wallin, Invasive Species Council of BC
  • Martina Beck, BC Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy
  • Lloyd Knight, Idaho Invasive Species Council 
  • Stephanie Hester, Montana Invasive Species Council
  • Jalene Littlejohn, Oregon Invasive Species Council
  • Ray Willard, Washington Invasive Species Council

PNWER Invasive Species Action Items: Group Discussion
Presentation and group discussion on process for recommendations; overview of current and proposed action items for PNWER related to invasive species priorities
  • Kate Wilson – Montana Dept. of Natural Resources & Conservation/Co-Chair
  • Justin Bush – Washington Invasive Species Council/afternoon moderator



Speakers
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Martina Beck

Invasive Fauna Unit Head, BC Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy
Martina is the Invasive Fauna Unit Head for the BC Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy. She is the Ministry’s science and strategic policy lead for terrestrial and aquatic invasive animals. Martina is a member of the BC Inter-Ministry Invasive Species Working and... Read More →
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Justin Bush

Executive Coordinator, Washington Invasive Species Council
Justin Bush is employed by the Washington Recreation and Conservation Office, filling the role of Executive Coordinator of the Washington Invasive Species Council. He has worked on invasive species issues since 2008 with federal, state, regional, and local organizations including... Read More →
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Tammy Davis

Invasive Species Program Coordinator, Alaska Department of Fish and Game
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Stephanie Hester

Montana Invasive Species Council
Stephanie Hester is an invasive species program manager with Montana’s Department of Natural Resources and Conservation. She has been the coordinator of the Montana Invasive Species Council since its inception in December 2014. She also manages the Department’s aquatic invasive... Read More →
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Manjit Kerr-Upal

Director, Conservation Science, BC Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategies
Manjit Kerr-Upal is the Director of Conservation Science with the British Columbia Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy. She leads a team of scientists who provide provincial-level leadership on a broad range of fish and wildlife conservation priorities including species... Read More →
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Lloyd Knight

Administrator, Division of Plant Industries, Idaho State Department of Agriculture
Lloyd Knight is the Administrator for the Division of Plant Industries at the Idaho State Department of Agriculture (ISDA). In this position, Lloyd oversees 45 full-time employees, a budget of approximately $15 million, and programs that range from those protecting plant health and... Read More →
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Jalene Littlejohn

Director, Samara Group
Jalene Littlejohn is co-founder and director of Samara Group, an Oregon-based consulting firm that was created to enhance environmental projects with rigorous science, collaboration and engaging communications. Samara Group is contracted to coordinate the Oregon Invasive Species Council... Read More →
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Gail Wallin

Executive Director, Invasive Species Council of BC
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Bill Whitacre

Policy Advisor, Western Governors Association
Bill Whitacre joined the policy team in 2016 after a year as a Policy Fellow, and provides support for the "Forest and Rangeland Management Initiative." The Denver native’s portfolio includes grazing, invasive species, Payments in Lieu of Taxes, and the Secure Rural Schools and... Read More →
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Ray Willard

Chair, Washington Invasive Species Council
Mr. Willard is a landscape architect and the roadside maintenance program manager at the Washington State Department of Transportation. A 30-year transportation department employee, he has been working on the state's integrated, roadside vegetation management for the past 20 years... Read More →
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Kate Wilson

Commission Administrator, Montana Natural Resources and Conservation
Kate Wilson has been working in the water world for over 12 years. Her initial focus was on water quality and quantity issues in the Pend Oreille Basin for the Lakes Commission, an advisory board to the Governor of Idaho created in 2003. Stemming from the work with the Lakes Commission... Read More →



Wednesday July 25, 2018 2:00pm - 4:15pm
Meeting Room 2

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