2021 Columbia Gorge Invasive Species & Exotic Pest Workshop


Join us for the 10th Annual Invasive Species & Exotic Pest Workshop!

This event is designed to provide information on invasive species management to professionals and the interested public. It will be 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.

Things will look different as a webinar conference, but you will be able to attend from the comfort of your own home or workspace. We will continue to provide thoughtful content and dynamic speakers that you have come to expect from our annual event. So please join us to learn about giant hornets, climate change impacts on invasive species, First Foods and their sensitive habitats, and more! And the best part is…it’s FREE!

Poster artwork illustrated by the talented Jon Wagner of East Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District.

Register now!

Offered Recertification Credits

  • Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) – 2 credits (1 Core/1 Other)
  • Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) – 3 credits

Event Agenda

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 columbiagorgecwma@gmail.com