Ray Willard

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. The primary focus of his work has been creating and refining the statewide system for long-term planning and controlling roadside weeds using a process modeled on the principles of Integrated Pest Management. Mr. Willard worked on the legislation creating the Washington Invasive Species Council and has been participating in the council's work since inception. He is a graduate of the University of Washington with a bachelor's degree in landscape architecture and has been licensed as a landscape architect in Washington since 1990. He is a past president of the National Roadside Vegetation Management Association, former chair and current member of the National Transportation Research Board's committee on roadside maintenance operations, and past president of the Washington State Weed Association.