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New teams will combat invasive plant species in Wyoming

Goats and sheep are sometimes used to manage the spread of invasive plant species. (Pexels)

CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming has two new teams focused on addressing “terrestrial invasive plants in the state.”

Governor Mark Gordon announced on Wednesday, Oct. 2 the formation of the teams and the new initiative.

“The two teams will work cooperatively to develop recommendations for the Governor in the context of a large-scale strategy for invasive species management,” Gordon’s office says. “Terrestrial invasive species represent a significant threat to Wyoming’s forests, rangelands and agricultural lands with varying levels of impact.”

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Both the policy team and the technical team include scientists, local, state and federal government representatives and private citizens involved in industry and agriculture.

“’Wyoming is faced with threats from multiple invasives species, both on land and in our waters,’ Governor Gordon said. ‘I have specifically asked these groups to address terrestrial plants and provide recommendations on how to take the first step towards tackling some of the toughest questions. Our best efforts should begin close to home.’” 

The policy team is composed of these members:

  • Steve Meadows (chair)
  • Wyatt Agar
  • Brian Boner
  • Jacque Buchanan
  • Josh Coursey
  • Jessica Crowder
  • John Elliot
  • Jack Engstrom
  • Colleen Faber
  • Jamie Flitner
  • Slade Franklin
  • Rob Hendry
  • Mark Hogan
  • Matt Hoobler
  • Astrid Martinez
  • Tom Walters

Technical team members include:

  • Justin Derner (chair)
  • Bob Budd
  • Ben Bump
  • Todd Caltrider
  • Justin Caudill
  • Scott Gamo
  • Lindy Garner
  • Ken Henke
  • Brian Jensen
  • Julie Kraft
  • Rod Litzel
  • Brian Mealor
  • Dwayne Rice
  • Pete Stahl
  • Amanda Thimmayya
  • Mahonri Williams.

Both teams will hold their first meeting at 9:30 am Oct. 10 at the NRCS Building in Casper. That is located at 100 East B. Street, Room 3002.