2018 Science Policy Field Tour: Invasive Species Security

Protecting Our National Health, Food Supply, and Environment

August 20-22, Southeastern Pennsylvania

Invasive insect species from all over the world arrive regularly at US ports of entry, posing potentially disastrous consequences for agriculture, forestry, human, and animal health. The economic impact is estimated at over $30 billion annually, due to crop losses and mitigation costs! To address this important issue, the Plant-Insect Ecosystems (P-IE) Section of the Entomological Society of America (ESA) is hosting a special event with assistance from the Systematics, Evolution, and Biodiversity (SysEB) Section: “Science Policy Field Tour - Invasive Species Security: Protecting Our National Health, Food Supply, and Environment”

This field tour aims to assemble private and public-sector scientists, government representatives, science policy advocates, and policymakers to provide a first-hand understanding of the processes that underlie new arrivals, establishment, spread, and invasive impact. We will visit the spotted lanternfly quarantine zone to view the damage and spread of this new invasive, and also discuss the significance and management of other invasive species. The tour seeks to understand the resources needed to improve prevention, early detection, rapid response, and the potential for eradication. Additionally, we plan to use the tour to leverage public education and outreach strategies to inform the public about the impact of invasive species and actions that we all can take to slow their occurrence and spread.

A key goal of this tour is to bring together diverse points of view. Stakeholders to whom we are reaching out include the United States Department of Agriculture, the Department of Homeland Security, Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services, commodity organizations, federal and state lawmakers, and ESA subject matter experts. A selection process will occur to determine the remaining attendees, which will include representatives of the ESA P-IE and SysEB Sections (academic scientists, private industry entomologists, and students).  The tour will be an intimate event with no more than 50 attendees.  

Additional details will be made available when the application process opens in mid-April.

Contact Thomas E. Anderson, ESA Science Policy Fellow, with any questions. 
 

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