Faith T. Campbell, Senior Policy RepresentativeInvasive species are widely considered to pose a serious threat to biological diversity conservation, to ecosystem services, and to human well-being around the world. Non-native insects and plant diseases that attack tree species threaten ecosystems and the character of our neighborhoods, as well as links across generations. These non-native insects and plant diseases are particularly challenging to manage because of the high level of damage that they cause and the difficulty in containing them once they have been introduced. More than 400 non-native insects and pathogens already are killing trees across North America. Worse, harmful new invasions continue to occur, although many of these introductions are preventable. Within the Global Invasive Species Team, the forest pest and pathogen program helps The Conservancy and our partners ensure that invasive species of insects and plant diseases do not undermine all our efforts to effectively protect native tree species and natural forest communities. To this end, our work has focused on two goals:
- Preventing harmful new invasions and the spread of invaders--primarily in North America but increasingly at the international scale.
- Building alliances with partners in government and among non-governmental stakeholders with the aim of strengthening public and private efforts to protect native tree species from invasive insects and diseases.
I work closely with other members of the Global Invasive Species Team, especially the other forest specialist, Frank Lowenstein; and The Conservancy's Government Relations department. Frank and I also work closely with partners who have joined the Continental Dialogue on Non-Native Forest Insects and Diseases.
Global Invasive Species Team
The Nature Conservancy
4245 North Fairfax Drive
Arlington, VA 22203-1606
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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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