Exotic Pest Reporting
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State Plant Regulatory OfficialAyars, Ken (401) 222-2781Serves on the National Plant Board, oversees state pest detection and regulatory activities and coordinates survey activities between government agencies, public and private organizations. Coordinates the state's initial emergency response if an exotic pest is detected.
State Survey CoordinatorKwolek, Cynthia 401-222-2781Coordinates CAPS survey planning, execution and reporting as well as community outreach activities.
State Plant Health DirectorAitkenhead, Kate (203) 741-5644Directs federal APHIS-PPQ pest detection and regulatory activities in cooperation with state officials, and coordinate the initial PPQ emergency response if an exotic pest is detected in the state.
Pest Survey Specialist
Carrier, Nichole (203) 741-5645Provides technical support in planning, executing and reporting annual surveys and coordinates pest detection activities with neighboring states.
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