Oregon's clean water, wildlife habitat and economy are threatened by an invasion.
The attackers are species that are introduced into the environment and reproduce to create havoc in the natural order of the ecology.
These invaders are hard to control and eradicate, and their presence can lead to economic and environmental harm. Some estimates put the national cost due to this attack is $140 billion a year.
While all Oregonians play a role in protecting the state from harmful threats of invasive species, the Oregon Invasive Species Council coordinates efforts statewide. Since 2002, this group of volunteer professionals have facilitated communication, provided education and fosterer collaboration on tackling the problems of invasive species.
Each new arrival of an introduced species is a potential threat to the diverse tapestry of life than makes Oregon unique. Recognizing that prevention is the best way to tackle the problem, the Council makes keeping the species out their biggest priority.
Each year, the Council provides a new list of what they consider to be the 100 most dangerous invaders to keep out of the state and works with management agencies to interdict pathways of introduction.
The Council also facilitates early detection of new, human-mediated introductions so that on-the-ground efforts to control or eradicate harmful specie may be successful.
With five of the Council members leaving this month, the unit is seeking some nominations for the open seats.
Strong candidates will have expertise in one of the following areas:
- Environmental law
- Marine and estuary ecology
- Weed control
- Small woodlands
- Parks and recreation
- Regional coordination
- Seed and nursery
Eastern and central Oregon candidates are mostly needed among those who will be ready to serve for two years on the Council.
Nominations may be sent to OISC coordinator Carolyn Devine at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please include the nominee's name, title, and the phone, fax and email numbers or addresses; mailing address and a brief description of qualifications.