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The Western Governors’ Association (WGA) will host a webinar called Species Distribution Modeling and Scenario Planning, at 10:30 a.m. (MT) on Wednesday, May 1. 


The webinar will highlight a tool being designed by the U.S. Geological Survey and National Park Service to develop species distribution models for high-priority invasive plants. Panelists will also report on a research project that pairs scenario planning with quantitative modeling to explore potential effects of climate scenarios and management alternatives on rangelands in South Dakota. 

This webinar is part of a series for the Western Governors’ Biosecurity and Invasive Species Initiative, the central policy initiative of WGA Chair and Hawaii Gov. David Ige.

The webinar will be moderated by Jeff Morrisette, Chief Scientist with the National Invasive Species Council Secretariat. Panelists include: Terri Hogan, Invasive Plant Program Manager, National Park Service; Catherine Jarnevich, Ecologist, U.S. Geological Survey; Greg Haubrich, Noxious Weed Coordinator, Washington Department of Agriculture; and Brian Miller, Research Ecologist, U.S. Geological Survey.

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