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​Goals and Initiatives

Members of the Governor's Invasive Species Council and other organizations collaborate on several initiatives related to the recommendations set forth in the Pennsylvania Invasive Species Management Plan.  The following subcommittees have been established to advance these initiatives. 

PRISM Program/Regional Invasive Species Management Development Subcommittee

Leader: Donald Eggen, PA DCNR

Members: Andrew Rohrbaugh, PA DCNR, Kimberly Bohn, Penn State, Brian Pilarcik, PA Lake Management Society, Erin Copeland, Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, Jeff Wagner and Amy Jewitt, Western PA Conservancy, Piper Sherburne, PA Association of Conservation Districts, Tom Cermak, PA Sea Grant

This subcommittee works to establish a Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management (PRISM) program in Pennsylvania.

Legislative Subcommittee

Chairperson: Mike Nerozzi, PA Fish and Boat Commission

Members: Don Eggen and Andrew Rohrbaugh, PA DCNR, Brian Pilarcik, PA Lake Management Society, Gregg Robertson, PA Landscape and Nursery Association, Jeff Wagner, Mary Walsh, and Amy Jewitt, Western PA Conservancy, Julie Urban, Penn State, Sarah Whitney, PA Sea Grant, Stephen Rudman PDA, Brenda Shambaugh, PA Association of Conservation Districts

This subcommittee develops policy and funding recommendations regarding invasive species in PA

Invasive Species List Subcommittee

Chairperson: Kristopher Abell, PDA

Members: Andrew Rohrbaugh, PA DCNR, Andy Ernst, PA Farm Bureau, Chris Urban, PA Fish and Boat Commission, Gregg Robertson, PA Landscape and Nursery Association, James Grazio, PA DEP, Joseph Demko, PA Department of Transportation, MaryBeth Ruh, PennAg Industries Association

This subcommittee is developing an official comprehensive invasive species list for Pennsylvania, and an assessment protocol to prioritize species on the list.

Website Subcommittee

Chairperson: Gary Walters, PA DEP

Members: Felicia Lamphere, PA DEP, Amy Jewitt, Western PA Conservancy, and Sara Stahlman, PA Sea Grant

This subcommittee creates new online content and updates to the Governor's Invasive Species Council website.