Aquatic Invasive Species Working Group

The Aquatic Invasive Species Working Group was established by the WAFWA President and directors in 2009. The working group’s members consist of state and provincial fish and wildlife agency personnel who have technical expertise and oversight of matters involving aquatic invasive species within their respective jurisdictions. The working group’s approved Statement of Purpose:

“To collaborate in the development and implementation of coordinated and aligned action planning for invasive species that affect wildlife, wildlife habitat, and outdoor recreation for western state and provincial wildlife agencies. Because of the issues raised by the presence of quagga and zebra mussels in the West, the Invasive Species Working Group will focus its initial efforts on action planning for these species and similar aquatic invasive species.”

Members List

Reid DeWalt, Chair
Colorado Parks and Wildlife
Kelly Hepler, Director Sponsor
South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks
David Park, Member
Alberta , Fish and Wildlife Policy Branch
Tammy Davis, Member
Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game
Chris Cantrell, Member
Arizona Game and Fish Dept.
Kevin Shaffer, Member
California Dept. of Fish and Wildlife
Elizabeth Brown, Member
Colorado Parks and Wildlife
Patrick Chee, Member
Hawaii Division of Forestry and Wildlife
Joe Kozfkay, Member
Idaho Dept. of Fish and Game
Chris Steffen, Member
Kansas Dept. of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism
Eileen Ryce, Member
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks
Tom Woolf, Member
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks
Terry Steinwand, Member
North Dakota Game and Fish Dept.
Dean Rosenthal, Member
Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
James Dominguez, Member
New Mexico Dept. of Game and Fish
Laura Megill, Member
Nevada Dept. of Wildlife
Curtis Tackett, Member
Oklahoma Dept. of Wildlife Conservation
Rick Boatner, Member
Oregon Dept.of Fish and Wildlife
Colin Gillen, Member
Oregon Dept. of Fish and Wildlife
Jeri Geiger, Member
Saskatchewan, Fish and Wildlife Branch
John Lott, Member
South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks
Monica McGarrity, Member
Texas Parks & Wildlife Dept.
Nathan Owens, Member
Utah Division of Wildlife Resources
Eric Anderson, Member
Washington Dept. of Fish & Wildlife
Allen Pleus, Member
Washington Dept. of Fish & Wildlife
Dirk Miller, Member
Wyoming Game and Fish Dept.
Mike Greiner, Member
South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks