Our 2020 Conference will feature successful cross-boundary collaborations in this unique area known as the “Crown of the Continent” including state, tribal, national, and international regional partnerships.

2020 NAISMA ANNUAL CONFERENCE

October 6-8, 2020: Whitefish, Montana

co-hosted by the Montana Invasive Species Council
 

Members: check your email for special links to your discounted registration
Students: click here for 1-day registration
Students: click here for full conference registration and packages

Plenary Speakers

Tuesday, October 6

Scott Cameron

Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy, Management, and Budget at the U.S. Department of the Interior

Scott J. Cameron has 40 years of experience working inside and around the federal government. He worked on the Transition Team for President Trump as part of the Landing Team and then the Beachhead Team for the Department of the Interior. He subsequently served as the Department of the Interior’s Acting Assistant Secretary for Water and Science. His current position at Interior is Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy, Management, and Budget. 

Scott has worked in both houses of Congress, in the Executive Office of the President, as a career civil servant, and as a political appointee in two administrations. He has worked deep in the bureaucracy and now twice in the Office of the Secretary of a cabinet department. He has consulted with federal agencies on management issues working for both large and small businesses, and served the State of California as Washington Representative for former governor Pete Wilson. Scott has also worked as a corporate government relations executive, and as an executive in non-profit organizations.  In November 2015, he became a local government elected official, being elected as a Director of the Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District, serving Fairfax County’s 1.2 million people. In 2014, he founded the Reduce Risks from Invasive Species Coalition, a 501(c)(3) charity that educates the public and government on the economic, ecological, and public health impacts of invasive species.

In his most recent prior federal service, Scott was a Deputy Assistant Secretary at the Department of the Interior.  There he served as Chief Human Capital Officer, E-Government Executive, had the lead on strategic planning and performance management, and was a member of the Executive Committee of the interagency Chief Acquisition Officers Council.  

Earlier, Scott was Deputy Chief of the Interior Branch at OMB.  In that capacity he also served as the program examiner for the US Geological Survey and US Fish and Wildlife Service. Earlier at OMB, he oversaw the EPA’s Office of Water and the Office of Research and Development.

From 1985 to 1989, Scott worked as a Legislative Assistant to U.S. Senator Chic Hecht (R-NV), handling all the energy, environmental, and natural resource issues for the Senator. 

Scott began his career as a Presidential Management Intern in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, after earning a BA in biology from Dartmouth College, and an MBA from Cornell University.  He is an elected Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration.

Wednesday, October 7

Welcome by Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes elder

More information to come

Jeff Mow

Superintendent of Glacier National Park

Jeff Mow arrived at Glacier National Park in August of 2013.  A 31-year veteran of the National Park Service, Mow served 21 of those years in Alaska.  Most recently he was the superintendent of Kenai Fjords National Park based in Seward and in 2012 served as the acting superintendent of Denali National Park.  Mow has had many duty stations in Alaska ranging from the icy waters of Glacier Bay to the treeless tundra at Gates of the Arctic. 

Mow is a native of Los Angeles. He is a 1981 graduate of Carleton College in Northfield, MN, where he majored in environmental education.  He attended graduate school at the University of Michigan, focusing on geology. During college and graduate school, he spent four summers in southwestern Montana as a geologic field assistant with the U.S. Geological Survey. After teaching geology at a community college and working for four years as an instructor at the Yosemite Institute, Mow moved north to Alaska to begin his career with the National Park Service. 

Mow’s other assignments have included serving on U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, a Congressional and Legislative Affairs Specialist for the National Park Service in Washington DC, and superintendent of Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument in Colorado.   

Early in his National Park Service career he learned the value of community service and has served as Rotary Club President, Mayor of Alaska’s smallest incorporated city, and community EMT and volunteer firefighter. 

Mow is married, has a son in college, and is living in Whitefish. The Mow family enjoys a variety of winter activities and in the “off-season” they enjoy hiking, biking and paddling.   

 

Salman Rasheed

Superintendent of Waterton Lakes National Park

More information to come

Field Trip Information

Explore the Crown of the Continent

Whitefish, Montana lies within the Crown of the Continent ecosystem that connects Banff National Park in Canada to Glacier National Park and the Bob Marshall Wilderness in the United States. Comprised of over 28 million total acres, the Crown of the Continent is the largest intact ecosystem in the contiguous United States.

All trips cost $45 and can be added to your registration.

Lunch is provided for all trips.

Field Trips

10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Join Whitefish Legacy Partners for a 1-2 hour hike from the Lion Mountain trailhead.

Located conveniently near downtown Whitefish, this dry montane forest is botanically diverse and provides habitat for deer, mountain lion, bear, and an array of bird species. Explore the forested landscape and take in the views from the Skyles Lake Overlook on some of Whitefish’s most prized conservation lands with this 3 mile easy-moderate hike.

Unique to this trail is the Learning Pavilion and the Interpretive signs that explain the history of active logging by Montana’s Department of Natural Resources Conservation that improves tree growth and biodiversity, reduces fuel loading within the Wildlife Urban Interface, and supports the local schools.

The Whitefish Trails not only provide outstanding recreation opportunities close to Whitefish, it also connects vital corridors on private land to these larger swaths of public land.

To date, Whitefish Legacy Partners has partnered to permanently protect 4,500 acres of land surrounding Whitefish. These conservation easements support sustainable timber industry jobs, protect the land from parceling and development, and maintain the vibrant outdoor tourism economy of Glacier Country.

(Capacity 30)

11 am to 4 pm

The Flathead County Weed District, USDA Forest Service, Fish Wildlife & Parks the Dyer’s Woad Taskforce and the Working Dogs for Conservation are teaming up to provide an interesting and informative tour.

First stop of the tour will be at the Dyer’s woad site in Flathead County, where you will meet and see how the Working Dogs for Conservation work to find Dyer’s woad. Next stop will be a boat ride to Wildhorse Island on Flathead Lake where we’ll hear how and what weed control practices are utilized on this unique site. 

If time allows, we will end the tour back at the Flathead County Weed District Complex to get a look at their equipment and what techniques are used in this diverse county.

(Capacity: 40)

  • Wednesday, Oct 7th from 11:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Friday, Oct 9th from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.


Lunch provided. Hiking/running/trail shoes, jacket and long pants recommended. 

Join Glacier National Park staff on a tour into one of Montana’s most iconic parks. First stop of the tour will be at Lake McDonald, where you will learn about the threats posed by aquatic invasive species and what types of prevention measures the Park has put into place to protect its waters.

Next stop will be a hiking tour of Rocky Point, a short but moderately challenging loop. Participants will be split into two groups, covering non-native plants, forest health, impacts of fire and aquatic invasive species monitoring and management.

(Capacity: 50)

Wednesday, October 7th, leaving the lodge at 10:30 AM and returning around 5 PM. Lunch provided.

Recommended Attire: Hiking/trail shoes, jacket and long pants.

Join biologists on Flathead Lake to learn about the Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes management of lake trout, an introduced fish species in the west.

Travel from Whitefish down the east side of Flathead Lake to Blue Bay, a campground and day use area operated by the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. Participants will hear about the history and co-management of the Flathead Lake fishery, lake trout biology and the Tribes’ innovative management approach to lake trout, which includes both angler incentives with the ‘Mack Days’ derby and a commercial fishery, over lunch. From there the group will split into smaller groups in order to visit three separate tours on-site: take a boat ride on the netting vessels (weather dependent); tour the lake trout processing facility where the Tribe’s non-profit Native Fish Keepers Inc. filets, packs and freezes their fish for canning; and learn about flowering rush, an invading aquatic plant that is threatening Flathead Lake’s habitat and recreational access.

(Capacity: 30; minimum of 10)

  • Wednesday, Oct 7th from 11:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Friday, Oct 9th from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

 

Join Glacier National Park staff on a tour into one of Montana’s most iconic parks. First stop of the tour will be at Lake McDonald, where you will learn about the threats posed by aquatic invasive species and what types of prevention measures the Park has put into place to protect its waters.

Next stop will be a hiking tour of Rocky Point, a short but moderately challenging loop. Participants will be split into two groups, covering non-native plants, forest health, impacts of fire and aquatic invasive species monitoring and management.

(Capacity: 50)

9:00am  – 3:00pm

Join Whitefish Legacy Partners and Whitefish Lake Institute for a 3-4 hour hike from the Beaver Lakes Trailhead to Beaver Lake.

Just 15 minutes west of Whitefish, this area is peppered with small, pristine lakes, beautiful forests, numerous vistas and provides vital habitat and seasonal migration corridors for large mammals including mountain lion, black and grizzly bear, and mule deer. This moderate 5-6 mile hike will visit the lakeshore of Beaver Lake and explore the 1,500 acre community conservation project, which through conservation easements, land exchanges, land use licenses and recreation use licenses, protects these lands from development and provides Whitefish with clean water, wildlife habitat, uncluttered views, thriving forests, and recreational opportunities that support the local economy.

The Whitefish Trails not only provide outstanding recreation opportunities close to Whitefish, it also connects vital corridors on private land to these larger swaths of public land.

To date, Whitefish Legacy Partners has partnered to permanently protect 4,500 acres of land surrounding Whitefish. These conservation easements support sustainable timber industry jobs, protect the land from parceling and development, and maintain the vibrant outdoor tourism economy of Glacier Country.

(Capacity 30)

Preliminary Sessions

The following are a preliminary list of sessions. More are in development and will be added as they are confirmed.

  • Biocontrol Summit
  • Transboundary Cooperation Case Studies
  • Overcoming Legal Challenges in Transboundary Cooperation
  • Feral Swine: Update and Transboundary
  • Successes and Strategies
  • Biocontrol 101: How it works and how to access agents
  • Invertebrates and Emerging Threats
  • New Technology and Industry Updates
  • New Terrestrial Invasive Species
  • New Aquatic Invasive Species
  • New Tools for Aquatic Invasive Species Management
  • Forest Pest Updates and Pests On The Horizon
  • Citizen Science Opportunities
  • Cooperative Weed Management Areas: Successes and Opportunities for Increased Collaboration
  • Fire and Invasive Species
  • Invasive Species Policy
  • Weed Free Forage and Gravel Program Update
  • Prevention Awareness and Outreach Brands and How to Use Them
    Mapping and Data Sharing

Registration

Registration Pricing

Early Registration (through August 31)
  • Full Conference (non-member rate) | $325.00
  • Full Conference (+ add NAISMA membership) | $360.00
  • Full Conference – Student | $155.00
  • One-Day (non-member rate) | $190.00
  • One-Day – Student | $75.00
Late Registration (after September 1)
  • Full Conference (non-member rate) | $425.00
  • Full Conference (+ add NAISMA membership) | $460.00
  • Full Conference – Student | $195.00
  • One-Day (non-member rate) | $240.00
  • One-Day – Student | $115.00

Members get 10% off.

Not a member? Click here to join today, or register and choose “The Full Whitefish Experience + Membership” to get NAISMA membership included with your registration.

 
Agenda Add-ons

Available through the start of the conference (no price changes)

  • Field Trip/Tour | $45.00
  • Wednesday Not a Banquet | $45.00
  • Not a Banquet Dinner – Guest ticket for non-attendees | $40.00
  • Add NAISMA Professional Membership | $75.00
  • Add NAISMA Student Membership | $40.00

Members: check your email for special links to your discounted registration
Students: click here for 1-day registration
Students: click here for full conference registration and packages