The Oregon Invasive Species Council
About the Council
In 2001, the Oregon Legislature established the Oregon Invasive Species Council (“OISC” or “Council”) to conduct a comprehensive and coordinated effort to prevent, detect, control and eliminate invasive species harming the region’s economy, health, and natural resources. The Council’s governing statute also acknowledges the robust network of stakeholders that helps with the work of the Council: “The Invasive Species Council has a strong network of local, state, federal, tribal and private entities that actively and cooperatively combat the threat posed by harmful invasive species.” ORS 570.750(4). The responsibilities of the Council set forth in ORS 570.755 include:
Maintaining an invasive species reporting hotline
Educating the public about invasive species
Developing a statewide plan for invasive species
Providing a grant or loan program for eradication of invasive species
The Council is comprised of 17 members: 5 state agencies with significant invasive species management programs, 2 higher education institutions, and 10 at-large members drawn from diverse stakeholders.
2017 Appointed Members
Dan Sherwin, High Valley Enterprises
Emily Bosanquet, Pacific Northwest College of Art
Jim Seeley, Wild River Coastal Alliance
Kathy Leopold, Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board
Maureen Minister, Port of Portland
Meg Raabe, USDA - Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service PPQ
Michelle Delepine, West Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District
Nicole Brooks, Customs and Border Protection
Shawna Bautista, USDA - United States Forest Service
Quintin Bauer, SOLVE
Ex Officio Members
Mark Sytsma, Portland State University
Glenn Dolphin, Oregon State Marine Board
Helmuth Rogg, Oregon Department of Agriculture
Rian Hooff, Department of Environmental Quality
Rick Boatner, Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife
Sam Chan, Oregon State University - Sea Grant
Wyatt Williams, Oregon Department of Forestry
Special Assistants to the Council
Tania Siemens, Oregon State University - Sea Grant
Committees & Working Groups
Statewide Strategic Plan Working Group
The OISC Advisory Committee was created in 2008 to connect the Council with the broader community of technical experts, businesses, government officials, organizations, and stakeholders interested in invasive species prevention, detection, eradication, and management in Oregon. Advisory committee members contributes information that assists the Council in decision-making on a variety of topics, including policy, legislation, science and marketing.
Communications Committee | Chair, Jalene Littlejohn
The Communications Committee was established by motion, with Jalene Littlejohn as coordinator. The newly minted committee reviews and approves communications, such as social media plans, news releases, website, and outreach materials.
Bylaws committee | Chair, Glenn Dolphin
The Bylaws Committee is responsible for reviewing and proposing changes to the Oregon Invasive Species Council bylaws, first adopted in 2002. View the most up-to-date Bylaws by clicking here.
Legislative Committee | Chair, Rian Hooff
The Legislative Committee tracks, reviews, and makes recommendations on proposed action on legislation; develop legislation and make recommendations for OISC action on legislation relating to the Council and invasive species management in Oregon.
Education Committee | Chair, Sam Chan
The Education Committee is a cross-agency committee consisting of council members and outside representatives working on outreach and education around invasive species issues. This committee provides support for the outreach and education projects coordinated or supported by the council including awareness campaigns, art projects, K-12 education projects, and outreach programs.
Oregon Invasive Species Council Coordinator
The Oregon Invasive Species Council has contracted coordination services from Samara Group. Samara Group specializes in coordination of environmental projects with a collaborative team-approach of experts in rigorous science, inclusive partnerships, and effective communications.
Jalene Littliejohn, Lead Coordinator—Founder/Director of Partnerships, Samara Group
Leslie Bliss-Ketchum, Assistant Coordinator—Founder/Director of Environmental Science, Samara Group
To view or download OISC products, please visit our Council Products page
Contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org