Catherine Hazlewood, Senior Policy Advisor for North AmericaCatherine is the Global Invasive Species Team's Senior Policy Advisor for North America. She is based at The Nature Conservancy's World Office in Arlington, Virginia, and lives a few blocks from the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington D.C. Catherine leads the government advocacy efforts of the Team to improve U.S., Mexico, and Canada policies to prevent the introduction and spread of invasive species. Catherine additionally directs the Conservancy's advocacy efforts relating to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Her work includes drafting and commenting upon legislation and federal rules, working with policy makers within federal agencies of all three countries, and engaging The Nature Conservancy's land managers, scientists, and staff to inform and strengthen public policy.
Catherine was appointed in 2006 by the United States Department of Interior to serve on the National Invasive Species Council Advisory Committee, which provides advice to federal agencies in their responsibilities to prevent and manage invasive species threats. She additionally serves on the North American Plant Protection Organization's (NAPPO) Invasive Species Panel. NAPPO was created under international treaty to coordinate the efforts of efforts of Canada, the United States and Mexico to protect their plant resources from invasive species while facilitating trade. An attorney by training, Catherine is also a member of the American Bar Association and the New York Bar. She enjoys music, sailing, hiking with her dog, Cook, and she uses long flights on Nature Conservancy travel to study Spanish.
Prior to coming to the Conservancy in 2005, Catherine specialized in a range of water quality, wildlife, and ocean governance issues. Growing up on the shores of Lake Michigan, she became familiar with the damage wrought by invasive species at an early age. Her first professional opportunity to address this important threat came through work at The Ocean Conservancy, an environmental organization which brought successful litigation to force regulation of ships' ballast water discharges, the largest source of aquatic invasive species. Catherine has additionally worked for the United Nations and IUCN (World Conservation Union) Commission on Environmental Law. She received her J.D. from Pace University School of Law in 1999 where she was Editor-in-Chief of the Pace Environmental Law Review, and received her B.A. from the University of Wisconsin in 1995.
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Assessments of invasive species issues for various operating units in The Nature Conservancy.
Learn about our 1999 survey--a snapshot of invasive species issues across all of The Nature Conservancy.
Address information to help you contact GIST staff.
Other site resources
A fully-integrated hardware and software application for mapping invasives and tracking management actions.
A review of remote sensing technology, as applied to invasive species detection and mapping.
Adaptive management planning tools such as model plans for sites, weed control templates, etc. Very useful!
Learn about Invasive Species Networks that help promote best practices for invasive species abatement among staff in The Nature Conservancy, partner agencies, and other organizations.
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