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. 


2019 Appointed Members

Nicole Brooks, Customs and Border Protection

Kristopher Crowley, Burns Paiute Tribe

Michelle Delepine, West Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District

Norie Dimeo-Ediger, Oregon Forest Resources Institute

Olivia Duren, The Freshwater Trust

Erin McConnell, Bureau of Land Management

Christine Moffitt, Retired Fisheries Biologist

Dave Pranger, Morrow County

Meg Raabe, USDA - Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service PPQ

Karen Ripley, US Forest Service

Ex Officio Members

Rick Boatner, Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife

Sam Chan, Oregon State University - Sea Grant

Glenn Dolphin, Oregon State Marine Board

Rian Hooff, Department of Environmental Quality

Catherine de Rivera, Portland State University

Helmuth Rogg, Oregon Department of Agriculture

Wyatt Williams, Oregon Department of Forestry

 

Special Assistants to the Council

Tania Siemens, Oregon State University - Sea Grant


Committees & Working Groups

Advisory Committee

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 contribute information that assists the Council in decision-making on a variety of topics, including policy, legislation, science and marketing.

Communications Committee | Chair: Michelle Delepine (Invasive Species Program Coordinator - West Multnomah SWCD)

The Communications Committee was established by motion in 2016. The committee plans for coordinated Council communications including social media plans, news releases, website, and outreach materials.

  • Olivia Duren (Riparian Analyst - The Freshwater Trust)

  • Anna Freitas (Policy and Program Manager - Oregon Association of Conservation Districts)

  • Erin McConnell (OR/WA Invasive Species Program Coordinator - Bureau of Land Management)

  • Karen Ripley (Forest Entomologist/Forest Health Monitoring Coordinator - US Forest Service)

  • Helmuth Rogg (Director of Plant Program Area - Oregon Department of Agriculture)

  • Wyatt Williams (Invasive Species Specialist - Oregon Department of Forestry)

Bylaws committee | Chair: Catherine de Rivera (Professor - Portland State University)

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

  • Jas Adams (Individual, Former Attorney-in-Charge - Natural Resources Oregon Department of Justice)

  • Jake Bodart (IPPM Manager - Oregon Department of Agriculture)

  • Sam Chan (Assistant Professor - Oregon Sea Grant)

  • Michelle Delepine (Invasive Species Program Coordinator - West Multnomah SWCD)

  • Glenn Dolphin (Aquatic Invasive Species Program Coordinator - Oregon State Marine Board)

  • Rian Hooff (Ballast Water Program Manager - Oregon Department of Environmental Quality)

  • Meg Raabe (Pest Survey Specialist - US Dept. of Agriculture, APHIS PPQ)

  • Helmuth Rogg (Director of Plant Program Area - Oregon Department of Agriculture)

Legislative Committee | Chair: Rian Hooff (Ballast Water Program Manager - Oregon Department of Environmental Quality)

The Legislative Committee tracks, reviews, and provides information for proposed legislation relating to the Council and invasive species management in Oregon. 

  • Jas Adams (Individual, Former Attorney-in-Charge - Natural Resources Oregon Department of Justice)

  • Tim Butler (Noxious Weed Control Program Manager - Oregon Department of Agriculture)

  • Sam Chan (Assistant Professor - Oregon Sea Grant)

  • Michelle Delepine (Invasive Species Program Coordinator - West Multnomah SWCD)

  • Glenn Dolphin (Aquatic Invasive Species Program Coordinator - Oregon State Marine Board)

  • Anna Freitas (Policy and Program Manager - Oregon Association of Conservation Districts)

  • Christine Moffitt (Retired Fisheries Biologist)

  • Helmuth Rogg (Director of Plant Program Area - Oregon Department of Agriculture)

  • Elaine Rybak (OISC Advisory Committee)

  • Dan Sherwin (High Valley Enterprises)

  • Tania Siemens (Aquatic Invasive Species Program Coordinator - Oregon Sea Grant)

Education Committee | Chair: Sam Chan (Assistant Professor - Oregon Sea Grant)

The Education Committee is a cross-agency committee 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.

  • Quintin Bauer (Statewide Program Manager - SOLVE)

  • Tristen Berg (Noxious Weed Control Grant Program Coordinator & Special Projects Facilitator - Oregon Department of Agriculture)

  • Nicole Brooks (Agriculture Specialist - Customs & Border Protection)

  • Tim Butler (Noxious Weed Control Program Manager - Oregon Department of Agriculture)

  • Michelle Delepine (Invasive Species Program Coordinator - West Multnomah SWCD)

  • Norie Dimeo-Ediger (Director of K-12 Education Programs - Oregon Forest Resources Institute)

  • Olivia Duren (Riparian Analyst - The Freshwater Trust)

  • Anna Freitas (Policy and Program Manager - Oregon Association of Conservation Districts)

  • Erin McConnell (OR/WA Invasive Species Program Coordinator - Bureau of Land Management)

  • Noelle Moen (Invasive Species, Education, and Outreach Program Assistant - Oregon Sea Grant)

  • Meg Raabe (Pest Survey Specialist - USDA PPQ)

  • Helmuth Rogg (Director of Plant Program Area - Oregon Department of Agriculture)

  • Tania Siemens (Aquatic Invasive Species Program Coordinator - Oregon Sea Grant)

  • Wyatt Williams (Invasive Species Specialist - Oregon Department of Forestry)

Budget Committee | Chair: Helmuth Rogg (Director of Plant Program Area - Oregon Department of Agriculture)

The Budget Committee is responsible for identifying budget & fundraising priorities for the Council and finalizing the OISC budget for the biennium.

  • Rick Boatner (Invasive Species Wildlife Integrity Coordinator - Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife)

  • Jake Bodart (IPPM Manager - Oregon Department of Agriculture)

  • Sam Chan (Assistant Professor - Oregon Sea Grant)

  • Michelle Delepine (Invasive Species Program Coordinator - West Multnomah SWCD)

  • Glenn Dolphin (Aquatic Invasive Species Program Coordinator - Oregon State Marine Board)

  • Dave Pranger (Weed Coordinator/Inspector - Morrow County)

  • Rian Hooff (Ballast Water Program Manager - Oregon Department of Environmental Quality)

Eastern Oregon Working Group | Chair: Dave Pranger (Weed Coordinator/Inspector - Morrow County)

The Eastern Oregon Working Group was created in 2019 as the first of regional working groups to expand the Council’s reach in regions of the state. Working Group members support event planning and identify invasive species topics and themes relevant to the region, as well as key stakeholders and industries in eastern Oregon that are vulnerable to the impacts of invasive species.

  • Lindsay Chiono (Restoration Ecologist - Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation)

  • Kristopher Crowley (Wallowa Canyonlands Partnership Manager - Wallowa Resources)

  • Erin McConnell (OR/WA Invasive Species Program Coordinator - Bureau of Land Management)

  • Karen Ripley (Forest Entomologist/Forest Health Monitoring Coordinator - US Forest Service)

  • David Wooster (Associate Professor - Hermiston Agricultural Research & Extension Center, Oregon State University)


Oregon Invasive Species Council Coordinator

Samara Group

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 Littlejohn, Lead Coordinator—Founder/Director, Samara Group

Leslie Bliss-Ketchum, Assistant Coordinator—Founder/Director, Samara Group


To view or download OISC products, please visit our Council Products page

Contact us at: coordinator@oregoninvasivespeciescouncil.org