Continental Dialogue Meeting November 2019

2019 Meeting Information

  • Partner Meeting: Partners in Community Forestry, Arbor Day Foundation
  • Location: Cleveland, Ohio
  • Dates and Times:
    • Nov 18th: Travel day with informal evening social for those arriving early
    • Nov 19th: Continental Dialogue Meeting, all day (8am – 5pm)
    • Nov 20th: Co-session of Continental Dialogue and Arbor Day Partners in Community Forestry Meeting and Field Experiences
  • Meeting Materials:


Diversification of Disease-Resistant American Chestnut – Sara Fitzsimmons, Penn State University and The American Chestnut Foundation

Asian Longhorned Beetle in Ohio – Jonathan Shields, Ohio Department of Agriculture

Beech Leaf Disease Regional Update Enrico Bonello, The University of Ohio

Spotted Lanternfly from New York’s Regulatory Perspective – Justin Perry, New York State Dept. of Environmental Conservation

Long Term Recovery Lessons from Ohio: Restoration Intervention vs. Natural Selection Connie Hausmann, Cleveland Metroparks

National Plant Board Firewood Working Group – Ann Gibbs, Maine Dept. of Agriculture, Conservation & Forestry

Breeding Resistant Ash Trees – Mary Mason, The Ohio State University

National Forest Health Outlook – Rick Cooksey, Forest Health Protection, USFS

Two Years of One Strike Rule – Kevin Harriger, U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Global Packaging Forum – Patrick Atagi, National Wooden Pallet and Container Association

Shared Opportunities in ISPM15 Improvement – Leigh Greenwood, The Nature Conservancy

North American Sea Container Initiative – Wendy Beltz, USDA APHIS

Newly Discovered Agrilus in Brooklyn – Mike Bohne, Northeastern Area State and Private Forestry, USFS

PlayCleanGo® and the Power of Working Together for Effective Invasive Species Prevention and Outreach – Belle Bergner, North America Invasive Species Management Association

State Perspective on SOD incident in Midwestern Nursery Stock – Scott Schirmer, Illinois Department of Agriculture

Updates from the National Association of State Foresters – Bob Simpson, Forest Science & Health Committee of the National Association of State Foresters

Updates from the Northeast-Midwest State Foresters Alliance Forest Health Committee – Natalie Diesel, Missouri Department of Conservation

SANC Implementation Update – Craig Regelbrugge, AmeriHort

Farm Bill Forest Pests – Dr. Pauline Spaine, USDA APHIS PPQ Plants for Planting Policy


National Plant Board Firewood Working Group Guidelines Breakout Group – Ann Gibbs, Maine Dept. of Agriculture, Conservation & Forestry and Leigh Greenwood, The Nature Conservancy

Farm Bill FY21 Forest Pest and Pathogen Pathway Discussion Breakout Group – Pauline Spaine, PPQ-PHP-IRM, Plants for Planting Policy, USDA APHIS and Brian Kopper, PPQ National Operations Manager, USDA APHIS


Healthy Trees, Healthy Cities – Rachel Holmes, The Nature Conservancy