Virginia Invasive Species Council



























About the Working Group

About the Invasive Species Working Group

In 2009, the General Assembly passed legislation that established the state's commitment to addressing the invasive species that threaten the Commonwealth through cooperation and coordination of government agencies, the business community, conservation organizations, and public citizens. The legislation directs the Secretaries of Natural Resources and Agriculture and Forestry to "coordinate the development of strategic actions to be taken by the Commonwealth, individual state and federal agencies, private business, and landowners related to invasive species prevention, early detection and rapid response, control and management, research and risk assessment, and education and outreach."

The legislation builds on work achieved through previous legislation and executive directives. The Secretary of Natural Resources is tasked as chair and the Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry as vice-chair of the Invasive Species Working Group (ISWG). Current members of the ISWG listed below.

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Virginia Invasive Species Working Group members, with alternates

The Honorable Douglas W. Domenech
Chairman of the Working Group

Secretary of Natural Resources
Patrick Henry Building
1111 East Broad Street
Richmond, VA  23219
(804) 786-0044

The Honorable Todd Haymore
Vice-Chair of the Working Group
Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry
Patrick Henry Building
1111 East Broad Street
Richmond, VA  23219
(804) 692-2512, Todd.Haymore@Governor.Virginia.Gov

Karen Canody -- Commercial
Dominion Power
4111 Castlewood Road
Richmond, VA 23234
(804) 273-3893,

Tom Thompson -- Agriculture Industry
Natural Art Landscaping
3540 South Belmont Road
Richmond, VA  23234

Greg Scheerer -- Forest Industry
7057 Richmond Hwy.
Appomattox, VA 24522
(434) 352-7132,

Nicole Rovner -- Conservation Community
The Nature Conservancy
530 E. Main Street, Suite 800
Richmond, VA 23218
(804) 644-5800,

Ken Landgraf
Planning & Forest Ecology Group Staff Officer
George Washington and Jefferson National Forests
5162 Valleypointe Parkway
Roanoke, VA 24019-3050
(540) 265-5170

Shepard M. Zedaker, Ph.D. -- Academic Institution
Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University
Department of Forestry
313 Cheatham Hall-0324
Blacksburg, VA 24061
(540) 231-4855,

P. Loyd Hipkins, Ph.D. -- VA Coop. Extension
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Department of Plant Pathology, Physiology and Weed Science
Glade Road Research Center (0330)
Blacksburg, VA 24061-0330
(540) 231-9842,

Matt Lohr, Commissioner
Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
1100 Bank Street
Richmond, VA  23219
(804) 786-3501,
Alternate: Larry Nichols
(804) 786-3515,

Carl E. Garrison, III, State Forester
Department of Forestry
Fontaine Research Park
900 Natural Resources Drive, Suite 800
Charlottesville, VA  22903
(434) 977-6555,
Alternate: Chris Asaro
(434) 977-6555,

David A. Johnson, Director
Department of Conservation and Recreation
203 Governor Street, 3rd Floor
Richmond, VA  23219
(804) 786-2123,

David Paylor, Director
Department of Environmental Quality
629 East Main Street
PO Box 1105
Richmond, VA 23218
(804) 698-4020,
Alternate: Rick Weeks

Jack Travelstead , Commissioner
Marine Resources Commission
2600 Washington Avenue, 3rd Floor
Newport News, VA  23607
(757) 247-2200,
Alternate: Robert O’Reilly
(757) 247-2200, rob.o'

Karen Remley, Commissioner
Department of Health
1500 E. Main Street
Main Street Station, Room 214
Richmond, VA  23219
(804) 864-7005,

Gregory A. Whirley Sr., Commissioner
Department of Transportation
1401 E. Broad Street
Richmond, VA  23219
(804) 786-2701,
Alternate: Brian Waymack
(804) 786-0967,

Bob Duncan, Director
Department of Game and Inland Fisheries
4010 W. Broad Street
Richmond, VA  23230
(804) 367-1000,
Alternate: Ray Fernald
(804) 367-8364,

John T. Wells, Director
Virginia Institute of Marine Science
P.O. Box 1346
Gloucester Point, Virginia 23062-1346
(804) 684-7103,
Alternate: Roger Mann
(804) 684-7360,

Invasive Species Advisory Committee

The Advisory Committee is comprised of local, state, and federal agency experts, university researchers, representatives of nongovernmental organizations, private business, and other concerned citizens. Participation on the Advisory Committee is subject to the approval of the Working Group. The Advisory Committee provides information and advice to the Working Group and makes recommendations for action to achieve the goals of the management plan.