Continental Dialogue Virtual Meeting December 2021

The first ever Virtual Meeting of the Continental Dialogue will be convened by The Nature Conservancy, in partnership with the Entomological Society of America, as a short series of webinars focused on partnerships in forest health, in the context of current strategic and planning needs.

These webinars will span from the prevention of introduction of new pests, through detection and management, all the way to resistant tree breeding and reforestation. While the webinars will be open to the public, much of the content will be technical in nature- therefore forest pest and pathogen subject matter experts are especially encouraged to attend to provide insights and perspectives. 

The webinars will be held virtually on December 7, 8, 14, and 15- with moderated presentations and Q&A from 2-4 pm EST, with an open opportunity for informal discussion from 4pm-5pm EST following each. The goal of these conversations is to inform ongoing strategic planning for activities on behalf of The Nature Conservancy’s Continental Dialogue on Non-native Forest Insects and Diseases as well as the ESA’s Grand Challenges Agenda for Entomology. 

DECEMBER 7th: Tuesday, 2-5pm Eastern time. Theme: Before the Border Click here to Register for 12/7

  • 2- 2:10 Introductions: Leigh Greenwood, Forest Health Program Director, The Nature Conservancy.
  • 2:10- 2:40 Continental Dialogue Strategic Planning Process, Explained: Leigh Greenwood, Forest Health Program Director, The Nature Conservancy.
  • 2:40- 3:10 International Cooperation and Risk Analysis: Dr Jiri Hulcr, Associate Professor, University of Florida.
  • 3:10-3:40 High-Impact Insect Invasion Working Group: Dr Angela Mech, Assistant Professor of Forest Entomology, University of Maine
  • 3:40- 4:00 Presentation based Q&A
  • 4:00- 5:00 Open Format Conversations

DECEMBER 8th: Wednesday, 2-5pm Eastern time. Theme: First Points of Contact Click here to Register for 12/8

  • 2- 2:10 Introductions: Leigh Greenwood, Forest Health Program Director, The Nature Conservancy.
  • 2:10- 2:40 Inspections and Non-Compliance: Jared Franklin, Acting Director, Agricultural Enforcement and Engagement, U.S. Customs and Border Protection
  • 2:40- 3:10 Current Efforts in Updating a Measure of Effectiveness of ISPM 15: Dr. Bob Haack, USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station (Emeritus)
  • 3:10- 3:40 Grand Challenge Agenda for Entomology – Looking to 2022. Erin Cadwalader, Entomological Society of America.
  • 3:40- 4:00 Presentation based Q&A
  • 4:00- 5:00 Open Format Conversations

DECEMBER 14th: Tuesday, 2-5pm Eastern time. Theme: Better Detection through Partnerships Click here to Register for 12/14

  • 2- 2:10 Introductions: Leigh Greenwood, Forest Health Program Director, The Nature Conservancy.
  • 2:10- 2:40 Community Science thru Shared EDDMaps platform: Chuck Bargeron, Director, Center for Invasive Species & Ecosystem Health, University of Georgia.
  • 2:40- 3:10 Healthy Trees, Healthy Cities: Rachel Holmes, Urban Forestry Strategist, The Nature Conservancy.
  • 3:10- 3:40 Inland Detection Toolbox and Information Sharing: John Hastings, USDA APHIS.
  • 3:40-4:10 Spotted Lanternfly on the Infestation’s Leading Edge. speaker not yet confirmed.
  • 4:10- 5:00 Q&A and Open Format Conversations

DECEMBER 15th: Wednesday, 2-5pm Eastern time. Theme: Through the Lens of Trees Click here to Register for 12/15

  • 2- 2:10 Introductions: Leigh Greenwood, Forest Health Program Director, The Nature Conservancy.
  • 2:10- 2:40 Resistance breeding from a Reforestation, Nurseries, and Genetic Resources Perspective: Dr Carolyn Pike, Forest Regeneration Specialist, US Forest Service Eastern Region
  • 2:40- 3:10 Updates on American Chestnut Work: Sara Fitzsimmons, Director of Restoration, American Chestnut Foundation
  • 3:10- 3:40 Native Pests in New Ranges: speaker not yet confirmed.
  • 3:40-4:10 Managing for Climate Resilience: Katy Barlow, Restoration Strategy Manager, Virginia Chapter of The Nature Conservancy.
  • 4:10- 5:00 Q&A and Open Format Conversations