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10th Annual Invasive Species & Exotic Pest Workshop!
The Columbia Gorge Cooperative Weed Management Area (CWMA) is pleased to have hosted its 10th Annual Invasive Species & Exotic Pest Workshop! We want to thank all of our co-hosts, planners, speakers, and attendees for participating in our first ever virtual conference. As a webinar event, we were able to reach further audiences well beyond the Columbia River Gorge, bringing in over 240 participants, the most attendance we’ve ever had!
The group had a fantastic lineup of speakers who shared topics surrounding giant hornets, eDNA technology on invasive species, First Foods and their sensitive habitats, and more! We also had our attendees put their invasive species knowledge to the test with a competitive Kahoot! quiz. Congrats to our top 3 winners: Harris Kidd (Clark County Vegetation Management), Justin Bush (Washington Invasive Species Council), and Konrad Kauer (Benton County Noxious Weed Control Board)! They each received some prizes goodies for their quiz-winning work!
This event was designed to provide information on invasive species management to professionals and the interested public. It was co-hosted by the United States Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, the Washington Invasive Species Council, Washington State University Extension, Skamania County Noxious Weed Control Program, and the Columbia Gorge Cooperative Weed Management Area.
Poster artwork illustrated by the talented Jon Wagner of East Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District.
The following recertification credits were offered for attendees:
- Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) – 2 credits (1 Core/1 Other)
- Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) – 3 credits
If you missed the event, a recording is now available:
Note: Due to size, edits were made to the recording and the Kahoot! Invasives Quiz was removed.
February 25th, 2021 (10:00am – 3:15pm PST)
Webinar (via GoToWebinar)
10:00 – 10:10 Welcome
Troy Abercrombie (Western Invasives Network)
10:10 – 10:15 Columbia Gorge CWMA Update
Courtney Gattuso (Clackamas Soil and Water Conservation District)
10:15 – 10:45 Bounties for invasives and planting of the natives: Steering consumers towards eco-friendly horticultural plants
Dr. David Coyle (Clemson University)
10:45 – 10:55 Break
10:55 – 11:25 Asian Giant Hornet Introduction
Cassie Cichorz (Washington State Department of Agriculture)
11:25 – 12:00 Kahoot! Invasives Quiz
Marty Hudson (Klickitat County Noxious Weed Control Board)
12:00 – 1:00 Lunch
1:00 – 1:30 A public environmental DNA database helps reveal biotic linkages to invasive species
Dr. Rachel Meyer (University of California Santa Cruz)
1:30 – 2:00 Climate-induced expansions of invasive species in the Pacific Northwest
Jennifer Gervais (Oregon Wildlife Institute)
2:00 – 2:10 Break
2:10 – 2:40 First Foods and Their Sensitive Habitats
Elaine Harvey (Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation)
2:40 – 3:10 Aquatic Invasive Species Summary
Theresa Thom (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service – Fish and Aquatic Conservation)
3:10 – 3:15 That’s a wrap!
**Event agenda is subject to change.
Questions? Email the CWMA Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org