On November 9th, the Pacific Northwest Garlic Mustard Working Group held their Fall 2017 meeting in Portland. Topics of discussion included Regional Survey Strategies to Detect New Populations & Management Gaps, Improving Prevention Strategies, and Data & Mapping Centralization. Additionally, both OISC and WISC Coordinators were in attendance and discussed the two Council's collaboration opportunities.
The Pacific Northwest Garlic Mustard Working Group is a collaboration between invasive plant managers and field staff working on surveying and control of garlic mustard (Alliaria petiolata) in Oregon, Washington, British Columbia, and Alaska. Together, by sharing observations, identifying challenges and discussing survey and treatment strategies, the working group enhances the collective understanding of garlic mustard impacts and solutions across the region. Developing a platform for collaboration promotes timely sharing of key information and supports a region-wide effort to contain and decrease garlic mustard presence in the Pacific Northwest.