Building a Regional Collaboration of Northeast State Invasive Species Councils

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The Northeast CASC is coordinating an effort to develop a regional management-based response to the challenges posed by invasive species in the region.

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Destroyer of Ash, this is Agrilus planipennis, an invasive Buprestid that has invaded North America where it feeds on Ash trees.

(Credit: USGSBIML Team. Public domain.)

In the face of climate change, range-shifting invasive species are a key management concern, and the Northeast U.S. is projected to be a hotspot of future plant invasion. Proactively addressing these new invaders before they establish will require coordinated regional action between states. An emerging initiative of the Northeast CASC aims to develop management-relevant research to improve invasive species management in the face of climate change. Through working groups, information sharing, and targeted research, researchers are addressing the information needs of invasive species managers in the context of climate change.

The initiative, known as the Northeast Regional Invasive Species & Climate Change (RISCC) Management Networks, is a collaboration between the Northeast CASC, the New York Invasive Species Research Institute, and the University of Massachusetts. On February 10, 2020, the Northeast CASC will be holding a meeting with invasive species managers from every New England state plus New York as a first step towards developing a regional management-based response to the problem of invasive species. 

Learn more about this initiative on the RISCC Management Network's website.