2021 Pull Together

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12th Annual Pull Together!

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The 4-County Cooperative Weed Management Area (CWMA) is pleased to have hosted its 12th Annual Pull Together! We want to thank all of our planners, speakers, and attendees for participating in our first ever virtual conference. As a webinar event, we were able to reach further audiences well beyond the Portland metropolitan area, bringing in over 190 participants, the most attendance we’ve ever had!

The group had a fantastic lineup of speakers who shared topics surrounding sustainability decolonization, tree migration, invasive pests, and more! Partner videos from Tualatin Soil & Water Conservation District, Oregon Department of Agriculture, and Clark County Vegetation Management were featured throughout the event and Jon Wagner (East Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District) displayed his live comics which kept this online event engaging for our attendees.


If you missed the event, a recording is now available: 

Pull Together Recording

Note: Due to size, edits were made to the recording and the New Weeds discussion was removed; the mentioned species of concern were Impatiens parviflora and Alliaria petiolata. The event recording will expire on January 13th, 2022.


Poster artwork and comics were illustrated by the talented Jon Wagner of East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District.


The following recertification credits were offered for attendees:

  • Oregon Department of Agriculture: 3 credits (1 Core/2 Other)
  • Washington State Department of Agriculture: 3 credits

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12th Annual Pull-Together

Wednesday, January 13th 2021

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9:30am   Welcome & Introductions

Mitch Bixby (City of Portland—Bureau of Environmental Services)


9:35am   Keynote Speaker: Decolonizing Sustainability

Gabe Sheoships (Center for Diversity & the Environment/Friends of Tryon Creek)


10:30am   Trait variation and long-term population dynamics of the invasive garlic mustard (Alliaria petiolata) in its invaded range

Laura Hancock (University of Massachusetts Amherst)


11:00am   Coffee Break


11:15am    Seeing the Forest for the Trees: A Look into the Physiological Responses of Temperate Trees in a Warming World

Angelica Patterson (Black Rock Forest)


11:45am    CWMA Committee Updates/Western Invasives Network Update

Chelsea White-Brainard (East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District)

Michelle Delepine (West Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District)

Tyler Pedersen (Tualatin Soil and Water Conservation District) and Jeffrey Lee

Mitch Bixby (City of Portland—Bureau of Environmental Services)

Troy Abercrombie (Western Invasives Network)


12:00pm    Lunch


12:45pm   New Weeds Discussion

Mitch Bixby (City of Portland—Bureau of Environmental Services)


1:05pm   EAB and You: A Regional Study of Potential Future Impacts of the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB)

Dominic Maze and Monte Mattsson (City of Portland—Bureau of Environmental Services)


1:35pm   Gypsy Moth: Past, Present, & Future

Mariah Davis and Chelsea Carey (USDA—Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service)


2:05pm   Coffee Break


2:20pm    Spotted Lanternfly: Oregon’s looming threat

Geoff Szafranski and J Barclay (Portland State University)


2:50pm   Making Space in Conservation and Environmental Workforce for Equity, Diversity, and Social Justice: A 1-Year Review of the Green Jobs Workforce Training and Internship Program

Katrina Montoya and Ahmed Yusuf (Forest Park Conservancy)


3:20pm   Closing Wrap-Up/Comics

Mitch Bixby (City of Portland—Bureau of Environmental Services)

Jon Wagner (East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District)


Questions? Email our CWMA Coordinator at info@4countycwma.org.