A-Minus Mark For Oregon In Invasive Species Fight

Watch group report card grade similar to that of 2011.

Published on: Jan 21, 2013

Oregon maintained its grade  in the battle against invasive species control in the state last  year. The ranking by the Oregon Invasive Species Council to assess how the state id in battling unwanted species in 2012 was posted at A-.

That's similar to the mark received in 2011 in looking at several parameters for the grade:

•Keeping the 100 worst invaders from creating a home in Oregon
•Maintaining a reporting system for invasive species
•Outreach and education initiatives
•Statewide action plan
•Administering the Council's trust account

In addition, the  report card offers recommendations on how grades can be improved in each category.

A-Minus Mark For Oregon In Invasive Species Fight
A-Minus Mark For Oregon In Invasive Species Fight

Dan Hilburn, OISC chairman, and Oregon Department of Agriculture plant division administrator, says that from 2007-12, Oregon had 22 new state records of insects and mites – five which were considered potentially important pests.

"Clearly, we continue to experience new invaders to Oregon, and must have prevention strategies in place in a climate of reduced federal and state agency budgets," he says.

Two of the newest finds were pests new to science, and one was identified as a host for human lung fluke.

From July  2008-2012, Oregon had 22 new state records of insects and mites in the state, five of which are considered important threats.

Oregon improved in preventing establishment of pests, the Council report notes, and was lauded for passing legislation to prevent the introduction of wood-boring pests and plant diseases in imported firewood.

Invasive species, including emerald ash borer, Asian longhorned beetle, and sudden oak death, can be vectored via firewood. The new legislation requires that firewood imported from outside the Pacific Northwest – Oregon, Washington and Idaho – be heat-treated and labeled.

The state was also commended for prevention of introduction of invasive aquatic species from Japan when a floating dock containing numerous live marine invasive species, including several of Oregon's 100 Worst List types, beached new Newport.

The state's multi-agency response, including burying the invasive species and dismantling the dock, received national attention and served as a model for collaboration and  coordination.