Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon has selected a Jackson Hole businessman and avid hunter to chair a policy team that will be part of the governor’s Invasive Species Initiative.

Steve Meadows, who is general manager of the 49er Inn and Suites, will lead the committee tasked with coming up with recommendations for combatting nonnative plant species that are invading Wyoming’s forests, rangeland and agricultural lands.

“Wyoming is faced with threats from multiple invasive species, both on land and in our waters,” Gordon said in a statement. “I have specifically asked these groups to address terrestrial plants and provide recommendations on how to take the first step towards tackling some of the toughest questions. Our best efforts should begin close to home.”

Other members of the policy committee include state politicians, hunting advocates, U.S. Forest Service officials and others. Members of the policy team are: Wyatt Agar, Brian Boner, Jacque Buchanan, Josh Coursey, Jessica Crowder, John Elliot, Jack Engstrom, Colleen Faber, Jamie Flitner, Slade Franklin, Rob Hendry, Mark Hogan, Matt Hoobler, Astrid Martinez and Tom Walters.

Concurrently, a technical team has also been assembled. It is chaired by Justin Derner and consists of Bob Budd, Ben Bump, Todd Caltrider, Justin Caudill, Scott Gamo, Lindy Garner, Ken Henke, Brian Jensen, Julie Kraft, Rod Litzel, Brian Mealor, Dwayne Rice, Pete Stahl, Amanda Thimmayya and Mahonri Williams.

The two teams’ first meeting is set for 9:30 a.m. Thursday in Casper.

Meadows is a founding board member of the Wyoming Wildlife and Natural Resource Trust.

Contact Mike Koshmrl at 732-7067 or env@jhnewsandguide.com.

Mike has reported on the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem's wildlife, wildlands and the agencies that manage them for 7 years. A native Minnesotan, he arrived in the West to study environmental journalism at the University of Colorado.

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