The following information is being forwarded on behalf of the Western Governors' Association:
On July 12, The Western Governors’ Association launched the WGA Biosecurity and Invasive Species Initiative, the signature initiative of WGA Chair, Hawaii Governor David Ige. The Initiative will focus on the impacts that nuisance species, pests, and pathogens have on ecosystems, forests, rangelands, watersheds, and infrastructure in the west, and examine the role that biosecurity plays in addressing these risks. The goal is to examine emerging issues in biosecurity and invasive species management in the West, and develop a set of policy recommendations, best practices, and technical tools to address those issues.
The Initiative will accomplish this goal, in part, through webinars and a series of workshops across the West. The dates, locations, topics, agendas, and registration links for the workshops are below:
- Lake Tahoe, Nevada, Sept. 17-18, 2018. Topic: Prevention, Control, and Management of Established Species (Agenda (PDF)). Register here.
- Cheyenne, Wyoming, Oct. 11-12, 2018. Topic: WGA Working Lands Roundtable: Invasive Species and Restoration (Agenda (PDF)). Register here.
- Helena, Montana, Nov. 14, 2018. Topic: Early Detection and Rapid Response (Agenda (PDF)). Register here.
- Kona Coast, Hawaii, Dec. 9-10, 2018. Topic: Biosecurity and Agriculture (Agenda (PDF)). Register here.
If you would like to attend any of the initiative workshops, or if you have any questions about the initiative more generally, please contact Bill Whitacre with WGA. Please feel free to share this information with your contacts.