> Madras will open its doors to the Oregon Invasive Species Council June 26-27, as the council conducts one of its three meetings in 2012 in Central Oregon at the Inn at Cross Keys.
The agenda for the action-packed meeting has something for everyone's interests as the council discusses invasive species initiatives occurring throughout the state of Oregon.
On June 26, the meeting kicks off with a discussion about proposed invasive species legislation for the 2013 Oregon legislative session, followed by the status of the experimental plantings of Arundo donax in Boardman, and an update on the tunicate survey work in Coos and Winchester Bays as well as the citizen science outreach component of the tunicate work.
During lunch on June 26, the council will hear presentations on the near tri-state outreach campaign on feral swine (focused in Central Oregon), and will spend the afternoon on a field trip on private and public land looking at feral swine damage and discussing the challenges Oregon faces dealing with that invasive mammal.
On June 27, the council will discuss a number of aquatic invasive species issues, including:
. Requests it has received to address the transportation of invasive species via seaplanes.
. Regulatory efforts to deal with ballast water issues.
. The status of aquatic invasive species programs in the state.
After lunch, council members will discuss genetically modified organisms and bentgrass in Eastern Oregon, followed by a request from the Oregon Department of Agriculture to tap into the state's Invasive Species Control Account for Japanese beetle eradication in the Portland metropolitan area.
The mission of the Oregon Invasive Species Council is to conduct a coordinated and comprehensive effort to keep invasive species out of Oregon and to eliminate, reduce, or mitigate the impacts of invasive species already established in Oregon.