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Wednesday, July 25
 

9:15am AKDT

Invasive Species
Opening Remarks and Introductions
Action items, funding comparison, priorities
  • Kate Wilson, PNWER Invasive Species Working Group Co-Chair/Montana Department of Natural Resources & Conservation

U.S. Department of Interior ‘Safeguarding the West’ Initiative & Updates
Overview and updates on the ‘Safeguarding the West’ Initiative: actions to strengthen federal, state and Tribal Coordination to address invasive mussels 
  • Scott Cameron, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Policy, Management, and Budget, US Department of Interior

Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Overview and updates on federal efforts in Canada to address aquatic invasive species, including the National Aquatic Invasive Species Committee, and the Provincial-Federal-Territorial Invasive Alien Species Task Force
  • Susan Roe, National Manager for Aquatic Invasive Species, Fisheries and Oceans Canada (invited)

Legislative Panel on Quagga/Zebra Mussel Priorities
Legislators and guests to present and discuss key issues and priorities regarding invasive mussel prevention and management, such as recent program highlights, emergency preparedness, and gaps/challenges
  • Rep. Geran Tarr, Alaska State Legislature 
  • MLA Robyn Luff, Legislative Assembly of Alberta
  • Rep. Terry Gestrin, Idaho State Legislature 
  • Rep. Matt Regier, Montana State Legislature
  • Rep. David Brock Smith, Oregon State Legislature 
  • MLA Warren Michelson, Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan
  • Sen. Dean Takko, Washington State Legislature

Sudden Oak Death 
Updates on the Sudden Oak Death issue in affected states, discussion of priorities, and potential for regional approach
  • Rep. David Brock Smith, Oregon State Legislature
  • Sarah Navarro,  Forest Pathologist, Oregon Department of Forestry

Stopping Northern Pike:  A Regional Approach to Protecting Resources and Fisheries Economies
Overview of issue, regional snapshot summarizing risks and potential impacts, summary of the Northern Pike forum (held July 24, 2018), and action items 
  • Dr. Brian Heise, Chair, Invasive Species Council of British Columbia
  • Justin Bush, Executive Coordinator, Washington Invasive Species Council

Speakers
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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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Scott Cameron

Acting Assistant Secretary for Policy, Management and Budget, Department of Interior
Scott J. Cameron is Deputy Assistant Secretary for Performance and Management of the Department of the Interior.  His responsibilities include implementation of President Bush’s Management Agenda at Interior.Immediately prior to joining the Administration, Scott Cameron was Director... Read More →
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Terry Gestrin

Legislator, Idaho State Legislature
Representative Gestrin was appointed in August 2012, to fill a House vacancy in District 8. He was born in Cascade, Idaho, and earned his B.B.A. in finance from Idaho State University. In the past he has been a Volunteer Fire Chief, the Donnelly Valley County Commissioner, Chairman... Read More →
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Brian Heise

Chair, Invasive Species Council of British Columbia
Dr. Brian Heise is an aquatic ecologist in the Department of Natural Resource Sciences at Thompson Rivers University, in Kamloops BC.  Brian’s research looks at the effects of various land use practices, including invasive species, on the ecology of invertebrates and fish in freshwater... 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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Hon. Robyn Luff

MLA, Canadian Legislative Assembly
Robyn Luff was first elected on May 5th, 2015 as the MLA for Calgary-East.  She serves as a member on the Legislature's Standing Committee on Public Accounts, the Standing Committee on Families and Communities, and the Special Standing Committee on Members' Services. Before being... Read More →
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Hon. Warren Michelson

MLA, Saskatchewan Legislative Academy
Warren Michelson is serving his third term as the representative for the constituency of Moose Jaw North in the Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan.Warren has been instrumental in representing Moose Jaw citizens through his constituency involvement and work on Assembly standing committees... Read More →
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Sarah Navarro

Forest Pathologist, Oregon Department Of Forestry
Sarah is the statewide Forest Pathologist for the Oregon Department of Forestry. She provides technical assistance to private and state owned lands on disease management issues, including being the lead for ODF’s Sudden Oak Death Program. She joined the department in 2016 and came... Read More →
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Rep. Matt Regier

Legislator, Montana State Legislature
Representative Regier legislates on behalf of House District #4 for his home state of Montana. He graduated from the University of Montana with  a degree in Business/Marketing. Matt is a Real Estate Investor when he is away from the state legislature. Regier is a member of several... Read More →
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Susan Roe

National Manager for Aquatic Invasive Species, Department of Fisheries
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Rep. David Brock Smith

Representative for Oregon's 1st District, Oregon State Legislature
Representative David Brock Smith is a third generation resident of House District 1. He grew up in Port Orford and is a graduate of Pacific High School.  After attending SOCC and SOU, Rep. Smith worked in the Culinary industry, in some of the best restaurants in the Rogue Valley... Read More →
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Sen. Dean Takko

Legislator, Washington State Legislature
Dean was appointed to the 19th district Senate seat on Oct. 22, 2015. Prior to his appointment, Dean served in the House of Representatives since 2004. Born in Ilwaco, Dean is a lifelong Washingtonian and a graduate of Wahkiakum High School, Lower Columbia College, and Western Washington... Read More →
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Rep. Geran Tarr

Representative for Alaska's 17th District, Alaska State Legislature
Representative Tarr has been serving in the Alaska State House of Representatives since 2013.  She has Bachelor’s degrees in Botany, Environmental Studies, and Women’s Studies from Ohio University, and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Alaska... 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 9:15am - 11:30am AKDT
Meeting Room 2

2:00pm AKDT

Invasive Species II
​​​​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 →
avatar for Justin Bush

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 AKDT
Meeting Room 2