Local conservation partnerships, such as CWMAs, CISMAs, PRISMS, and Stewardship Network Clusters, can address invasive species by enhancing cooperation and coordination across agency and organizational jurisdictions. This session will explore the projects, techniques, and methods used by local partnerships to address invasive plants and what role these groups play in regional and national invasive species efforts. Presenters will give examples from long-running, as well as newly established, partnerships, discuss statewide efforts to coordinate and facilitate local partnerships, and give an overview of how local partnerships can help fulfill the national objectives and strategies for addressing invasive species. This session will both be in-person at the North American Invasive Species forum and live-cast online through the Stewardship Network Webcast.Presenters:
Chris Evans, University of Illinois Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences
Kevin Rohling, River to River CWMA
Lisa Brush is the Executive Director of The Stewardship Network. Lisa has worked in the environmental field in Michigan for the last fifteen years. She is currently the Executive Director of the Stewardship Network and has been involved with the Network since its inception more than 10 years ago. She has a wealth of experience helping non-scientific people understand scientific issues. For over nine years, as she has built and coordinated The Stewardship Network, she has emphasized effective and meaningful stakeholder involvement in developing and implementing all aspects of this program. She has a M.S. in Natural Resources from the University of Michigan and a B.A. (Science in Society) from Wesleyan University.