Meet the 2018 OISC Chair

Each year, the position of OISC Chair rotates between ex-officio members of the Council. This year, the OISC welcomed its 2018 Council Chair, Glenn Dolphin, from the Oregon State Marine Board. 

Glenn is the Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Program Coordinator for the State Marine Board and has been with the agency for 11 years. He oversees and coordinates with program partners that the statewide AIS Prevention Program charged with protecting Oregon against the invasion of new aquatic species and managing existing populations to prevent their spread to new waterbodies.      

 2018 OISC Chair, Glenn Dolphin.

2018 OISC Chair, Glenn Dolphin.

Glenn came to the Marine Board after working for the Marion Soil and Water Conservation District for five years. While at the District, Glenn became a certified USDA Conservation Farm Planner and a certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control by the International Erosion Control Association. He primarily worked with private landowners in Marion County to provide technical environmental planning assistance to help solve environmental concerns and to design restoration projects. He moved to Oregon 19 years ago, after graduating from college with his Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science with a water quality focus from the State University in New York at Plattsburgh. He is an outdoor recreation enthusiast and enjoys hiking, biking, skiing, boating and camping.

Meet The Five New Council Members - 2018

Each year, the Oregon Invasive Species Council (OISC) sends out a request for nominations to fill empty Council seats that become available at the end of the year. Council members are drawn from government agencies, tribes, universities, industries, organizations, and individuals with an interest and expertise in some aspect of invasive species management and strong nominees have expertise in one or more of the following areas: environmental law; marine and estuary ecology; aquaculture, horticulture; weed control; small woodlands; parks and recreation; science education/K-12; pet industry; regional coordination; and seed or nursery industry. More recently, the council has also particularly interested in gaining representation from Eastern, Southern, or Central Oregon.  

In December 2017, five new Council members were selected for 2018. With many well-qualified nominations coming in, it was a difficult task to narrow it down to only five. Thank you to everyone that submitted a nomination or letter of interest.

 

The Council would like to congratulate the following 2018 members:

  • Nicole Brooks, Customs and Border Protection

2nd term on the Council

As an Agriculture Specialist with Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Nicole’s main focus is invasive pests arriving aboard international vessels and cargo. In her first term on the Council, Nicole contributed valuable expertise and timely updates about pressing issues. She continues to support collaborative efforts such as the Don’t Pack a Pest campaign and outreach to international students about the risks associated with bringing agricultural items into the U.S.

  • Michelle Delepine, West Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District

2nd term on the Council

As the Invasive Species Program Coordinator for the West Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District, Michelle coordinates the early detection, rapid response (EDRR) program. She is also a co-chair of the 4-County Cooperative Weed Management Area, which spans Multnomah, Clackamas, Washington and Clark counties. In her first term on the Council, Michelle has been an avid supporter of enhancing communication and collaboration between a diversity of stakeholders. Her enthusiasm for tackling complex problems has been an inspiration.

  • Kris Crowley, Burns Paiute Tribe

1st term on the Council

Kris Crowley’s experience working on aquatic invasive species began in 2012 at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Princeton, OR, where his primary focus was on the control of common carp to enhance native fish and wildlife habitat. In Fall of 2013, Kris began working at the Burns Paiute Tribe where he currently holds the position of Fisheries Program Manager. Kris is also the coordinator of the Malheur River Bull Trout Technical Advisory Committee and is involved with other collaborative groups in Eastern Oregon.

  • Dave Pranger, Morrow County

1st term on the Council

Dave Pranger has lived in Heppner, OR working with Morrow County as a Weed Supervisor for 28 years.  He previously worked for Chemlawn Corp. (now TruGreen Lawn Care) for 5 ½ years. He is a board member and past President of Oregon Vegetation Management Association and is currently President of Oregon County Weed Control Association.

  • Karen Ripley, US Forest Service

1st term on the Council

Karen Ripley is a Forest Entomologist with the US Forest Service and she specializes in Forest Health Monitoring and invasive insect issues for the West Coast. She previously was an Entomologist and Forest Health Program Manager with Washington’s Department of Natural Resources, providing education and technical assistance to state land managers and private forest landowners for 23 years. She also serves as an interagency Public Information Officer during wildfires and similar incidents.

 

US Forest Service: Invasive Plants Program Accomplishments - 2017

The US Forest Service Pacific Northwest Region recently released their Invasive Plants Program Accomplishments for the 2017 fiscal year. Some of the invasive species causing the greatest adverse effects in the region, as noted in the report, include knapweeds, Medusahead, Ventenata, annual Bromes, houndstongue, hawkweeds, reed canarygrass, and Scotch broom. During 2017, the Pacific Northwest Region exceeded their target and completed over 52,000 acres of invasive plant treatment. Some regional highlights include:

  • Over 600 acres in the Sandy River Delta has been restored to hardwood forests and native understory plants as a result of invasive plant treatments, recreational enhancements, and native species planting.

  • Nearly eradicated Eurasian watermilfoil from Coldwater Lake in Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument.

  • Inspected well over 160 gravel pits, both Forest Service and commercial, to develop weed free rock and gravel sources.

  • Developed new partnership with the Burns Paiute Tribe to treat invasive plants in ancestral- use territories on national forest lands.

  • Provided invasive plant prevention messaging to the Information Center for the 2017 total solar eclipse. 3,357 total public contacts were made.

You can read/download the full report by clicking the image below:

 

 

Important Quarantine Information for Oregon

Check out the quarantine outreach flyer created for this year’s American Association of Woodturners (AAW) symposium. It includes information on ways to reduce the risk of moving pests and pathogens, as well as several examples of state and federal quarantines. Click on the image below to view/download the flyer. 


 

The upcoming AAW symposium will be held on June 14-17 in Portland, Oregon. Be sure to check out our Events page as we get closer to the event to get more information.

 

 

2017 Gypsy Moth Activity Report from Oregon Department of Agriculture

The Oregon Department of Agriculture recently released their 2017 Gypsy Moth Activity Report. 15,135 traps placed throughout the state in 2017 resulted in a total of eleven gypsy moths being caught in Portland, Corvallis, Philomath, Eugene, and Cave Junction. No moths were detected from old sites, including Grants Pass where gypsy moths were trapped four years in a row (2013 - 2016), or in the Asian gypsy moth eradication area in Portland where over 8,000 acres were treated by air in the spring of 2016.     

 AGM populations from Asia and the Russian Far East continue to pose a threat to the US and to Oregon. International trade and commerce activities increase the likelihood of new introductions. Photo: ODA.

AGM populations from Asia and the Russian Far East continue to pose a threat to the US and to Oregon. International trade and commerce activities increase the likelihood of new introductions. Photo: ODA.

 
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The four maps (above) show locations where gypsy moths were detected in 2017. Delimitation trapping will be conducted in 2018 at all sites where gypsy moths were caught in 2017, as well as 2018. 

 

To read the full report click here.