2022 Pull Together


The 4-County Cooperative Weed Management Area is pleased to have hosted its 13th annual Pull Together!

We want to thank all of our planners, speakers, and attendees for participating in our virtual conference. As a webinar, we were able to reach further audiences well beyond the Portland metropolitan area. The event brought in 156 participants from across the Pacific Northwest region who kept the engagement strong through thought-provoking questions and meaningful chat dialogues. Our speakers dove into a variety of topics surrounding USDA APHIS’s weed risk evaluation process, public messaging for invasive species prevention, reclaiming nature for people of color, and more.

If you missed the event, a recording is available:

Pull Together Recording

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

Event agenda

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Wednesday, January 19th 2022

9:00am   Welcome & Introductions

Aaron Shaw (Tualatin Soil & Water Conservation District)

9:05am   A Word From WIN/IPM Calendar Review

Troy Abercrombie (Western Invasives Network)

9:15am   Steering Committee Update

Aaron Shaw (Tualatin Soil & Water Conservation District)

9:20am    The PPQ Tiered Weed Risk Evaluation Process

Anthony L. Koop (USDA—Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service)

10:00am   Reclaiming Nature for People of Color

Pamela Slaughter (People of Color Outdoors)

10:40am    Break

10:50am   Mapping & Data Committee Update

Tyler Pedersen (Tualatin Soil & Water Conservation District)

10:55am   Testing Commonly Used Invasive Species Message Frames and Metaphors on Social Media

Tim Campbell (University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute)

11:35am   Technical & Scientific Review Committee Update

Michelle Delepine (West Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District)

11:40am    Education & Outreach Committee Update

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

11:45am   Closing Comments & Comics

Aaron Shaw (Tualatin Soil & Water Conservation District) and Jon Wagner (East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District)

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