Coming Together to Plan for the Future of Invasive Species Management in the West
The Western Regional Panel on Aquatic Nuisance Species comes together every year at the Annual Meeting to address the spread of invasive species in the waters of the Western US. The WRP Annual Meeting brings together the public and private sectors in the form of researchers, industry representatives, agency representatives, and legislators to discuss invasive species management in 19 western states and four Canadian provinces. Over the course of three days, attendees will witness a number of presentations with subject matter concerning the latest research and solutions related to the spread of ANS.
The first WRP Annual Meeting took place in 1997 in Portland, OR. Since then, the WRP Annual Meeting has taken place every year thereafter. Though the focus of ANS research and development has changed over the years, the WRP Annual Meeting manages to include the most innovative and forward thinking research in the region.
The first day of the Annual Meeting is focused on committee breakout sessions, allowing for time to plan action items and reflect on the accomplishments of the previous year. While the following two days are highlighted by the aforementioned presentations, and a business meeting during which everyone is brought up-to-date on the official business of the WRP. This portion is most often presented by members of the WRP Executive Committee. On the final day of the Annual Meeting, attendees are invited to join on a field trip which focuses on local ANS issues and allows them to explore the area.
Every year the Western Regional Panel On Aquatic Nuisance Species comes together to discuss innovation and research in addressing the spread of invasive species across the western US.