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The Annual Meeting of the Continental Dialogue on Non-native Forest Insects & Diseases

November 13, 2012, 8:00 AM–4:30 PM in Sacramento, California

The Continental Dialogue is a forum through which non-profit, business, industry, government, landowner, and academic stakeholders work together to maintain healthy and sustainable forest landscapes.

In working to prevent harmful non-native forest insects and diseases from being introduced, becoming established, and spreading in North America, the Dialogue builds consensus around mutually agreed upon strategies and actions that further our mission. The Dialogue is highly effective as our diverse membership affords opportunities, leverage, and credibility that support and enhance our activities.

This year’s speakers will be local partners, educators, business professionals and Continental Dialogue members. All are welcome and a diverse range of topics will include:

  • Panel presentations and discussion of local prevention, early detection, slowing the spread and Don’t Move Firewood that can serve as models for other communities.

  • Update and Discussion on current Dialogue Initiatives:
    • Raise Awareness—Increasing awareness and engagement by key constituencies affected by harmful non-native forest insects and diseases.

    • Prevention—This is the most cost effective action to minimize impacts of harmful non-native forest insects and diseases.

    • Early Detection and Rapid Response—This is the second line of defense if harmful non-native forest insects and diseases successfully arrive and become established.

    • Minimize and Slow the Spread—These efforts help minimize damage and buy time for the development of new tools to combat harmful non-native forest insects and diseases.

Registration is $150/person. (Late Registration fee after October 22, 2012 is $175/person.) Fees cover all meeting costs, lunch, and snacks.

To view agenda and to become a participant of the Continental Dialogue visit or email for more information.

Meeting Goals

--Cultivate collaborations toward action to address the threat of non-native forest insects and diseases;

--Look for opportunities to link state and local actions to Continental Dialogue efforts to enhance national policies and strategies;

--Expand the effectiveness and reach of public and private entities and citizens in the battle against the non-native insects and diseases killing their trees; and

--Identify and seek consensus needed actions for major initiatives the Continental Dialogue will advance in the upcoming year.


8:00 AM - 8:30 AM

Meeting Registration

8:30 AM - 8:45 AM

Introductions, Meeting Objectives, and Agenda Review
Paul De Morgan, RESOLVE
  • Introductions
  • Overview of meeting objectives and agenda
  • Meeting ground rules

8:45 AM - 9:00 AM

Welcome and Brief Comments
Karen Ross, Secretary, California Department of Food and Agriculture

9:00 AM - 9:15 AM

Orientation to the Continental Dialogue
Bill Toomey, Forest Health Protection Program Director, The Nature Conservancy
  • Overview of the Goals and Initiatives

9:15 AM - 11:00 AM

Panel: Forest Health Initiatives: Local Actions
  • Current situation with wood packaging: California and nationally -- Kevin Harriger, Department of Homeland Security / Customs and Border Patrol
  • Current situation with incoming plants: California and nationally -- Marly Cazier-Mosley, Regional Program Manager, Western Region
  • Educating citizens about risk to increase their willingness to accept control measures -- Joel Nelson, California Citrus Mutual
  • California Firewood Task Force -- Janice Alexander, University of California Cooperative Extension
  • Discussion
    --Lessons applicable to the Dialogue's efforts
    --Opportunities for Dialogue action

11:00 AM - 11:15 AM


11:15 AM - 12:15 PM

Panel: Overview and Update of Dialogue Initiatives and Actions (Note: the overviews will set stage and provide necessary information for the afternoon working sessions
  • Don't Move Firewood and Firewood Outreach Coordination -- Leigh Greenwood, Forest Health Protection Program, The Nature Conservancy
  • Healthy Urban Tree Initiative -- Bill Toomey, Forest Health Protection Program Director, The Nature Conservancy
  • New Pest Documentary: Trees, Pests and People -- Sarah Volkman, Forest Health Protection Program, The Nature Conservancy
  • Joint Outreach Efforts to Woodworkers -- Mark Stanley, Chair, California Oak Mortality Task Force

12:15 PM - 1:00 PM

Lunch (box lunches provided)

1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

Initiative Breakout Session A (Concurrent Sessions)
  • Firewood Certification: Private and Agency Efforts going forward -- Geoff Friedman, American Firewood Producers and Distributors Association
  • Healthy Urban Tree Initiative: Future opportunities -- Bill Toomey, Forest Health Protection Program Director, The Nature Conservancy
  • Trees, Pests and People: Education and Outreach -- Sarah Volkman, Forest Health Protection Program, The Nature Conservancy

2:15 PM - 2:30 PM

Transition to Next Breakout

Initiative Breakout Session B

  • There's an App for that: iTree, EDDMaps, Firewood Buddy. Encouraging the public to use their technology to save trees -- Chuck Bargeron, University of Georgia, Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health;, Lisa DeBruyckere, Oregon Invasive Species Council Coordinator, and Michael Bohne, USFS Durham Office
  • Prevention -- Faith Campbell, Forest Health Protection Program, The Nature Conservancy

3:45 PM - 4:00 PM

Break (opportunity for networking)

4:00 PM - 4:40 PM

Where Do We Go Next? Timeline and Actions for 2012/13
-- Paul De Morgan
  • Brief Overview of Breakout Session key points, proposed actions, and next steps
  • Identify other priority actions
  • Develop preliminary timeline for actions

4:40 PM - 5:00 PM

Summary and Next Steps
-- Paul De Morgan
  • Acknowledgments
  • Steering Committee next steps

5:00 PM

Adjourn Formal Meeting

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Social Mixer Hosted by Sustainable Urban Forest Coalition, Utility Arborist Association, Society of Municipal Arborists, and the Continental Dialogue

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