Pull Together 2022

January 19th, 2022 ·

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 below.

The 2022 Pull Together Comics

courtesy of Jon Wagner, East Multnomah SWCD

Agenda & Speaker Profiles

Expand the section below to view the event agenda and speaker profiles.

Event Agenda (PDF)

Speaker Profiles:

Tony Koop | Risk Analyst at the USDA: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS)

Over the last 15 years Tony has prepared and reviewed several hundred weed evaluations, helped develop the foundation and structure of the lab’s weed processes, and helped organize six weed risk assessment (WRA) training workshops.

Pamela Slaughter | Founder of People of Color Outdoors

Pamela is a retired Adult Protective Services Investigator and is a real estate broker in addition to being the founder of People of Color Outdoors. She shares her experience of accessing nature as a person of color and discusses how land management organizations can support creating a welcoming experience to nature for everyone.

Tim Campbell | Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Outreach Specialist at the University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute

Tim supports AIS prevention outreach and communications and works to apply university and Sea Grant resources to AIS problems. He shares the results of his group’s recent study about testing message framing and metaphors when discussing invasive species management on social media.