Pathways, Coordination, and Legislation Update of Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention and Management
Friday, February 28, 2020 – 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST
Robert Walters – Colorado Parks and Wildlife Invasive Species Specialist
Robert Walters will provide a brief overview of the AIS of highest concern and corresponding management strategies. The presentation will focus on pathway management for high priority species, including successes, challenges, and gaps. Robert will provide a summary of multi-jurisdictional coordination efforts that are ongoing, in addition to public-private partnerships. Finally, Robert will discuss key legislation that supports AIS prevention and management efforts.
Robert Walters has served in the Invasive Species Program for Colorado Parks and Wildlife since 2012. Robert’s main duties are centered around managing the largest mandatory watercraft inspection and decontamination (WID) network in the nation to prevent the introduction of zebra and quagga mussels and other aquatic invasive species (AIS) into the nation’s headwaters. Robert is also the Chair of the Western Regional Panel’s WID Think Tank Committee and is the manager of the Regional WID Data Sharing System. Prior to working for CPW, Robert worked in mosquito control and noxious weed management.