Strategic Planning

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The USGS provides science for Department of the Interior bureaus and other decision makers with vital information that they need to fulfill their mission. The diversity of USGS scientific expertise enables the bureau to carry out large-scale, multi-disciplinary investigations and provide impartial scientific information to resource managers and planners. Scientific coordination and collaboration within Interior and across the government is an important part of the work the USGS does. By leveraging efficiencies across Federal, State, local, and tribal governments, the private sector, and non-governmental organizations, the USGS can provide science and information that is thorough, accurate, and tailor-made to address some of the most pressing challenges of the 21st century. USGS works collaboratively to address invasive species issues nationally. There are 4 Federal invasive species coordinating entities with which the USGS Invasive Species Program interacts and aligns with in terms of its invasive species science priorities. Below are brief descriptions of each organization that includes information on purpose, goals, priorities, and the role of USGS.

National Invasive Species Council (NISC)

Executive Order (E.O.) 13112 established the National Invasive Species Council (NISC or Council) to “provide national leadership regarding invasive species.” The USGS is mandated to address the invasive species issues identified in the Order. The NISC Management Plan 2016-2018 identifies high priority, interdepartmental actions for the Federal government and its partners to take to prevent, eradicate, and control invasive species, as well as restore ecosystems and other assets adversely impacted by invasive species. Over the next two years, the 2016-2018 NISC Management Plan will help guide the actions that the Council and NISC Member Departments/Agencies collectively take to prevent and mitigate the impact of invasive species. The staff working for the Council (NISC Secretariat) works with NISC and its member Departments/Agencies to coordinate Federal interagency efforts.


Federal Interagency Committee on Invasive Terrestrial Animals and Pathogens (ITAP)

ITAP is the Federal Interagency Committee on Invasive Terrestrial Animals and Pathogens. ITAP's mission is to support and facilitate more efficient networking and sharing of technical information for program planning and coordination among Federal Agencies and Departments involved with invasive species research and management. USGS serves as a co-lead for ITAP helping to foster collaboration and facilitate efficient networking and sharing of science activities and tools; and participates in subcommittees on invasive vertebrate and invertebrate invasives; animal and plant pathogens; and systematics.


Federal Interagency Committee for the Management of Noxious and Exotic weeds (FICMNEW) represents an unprecedented formal partnership between 18 federal agencies with direct invasive plant management and regulatory responsibilities spanning across the United States and territories. FICMNEW was established through a Memorandum of Understanding signed by agency leadership in August 1994, and its charter directs the committee to coordinate, develop, and share scientific and technical information, by fostering collaborative efforts among federal agencies, providing recommendations for national and regional level management of invasive plants, and sponsoring technical/educational conferences and workshops concerning invasive plants. USGS maintains an additional FICMNEW website that includes up to date agendas, presentations and other information.


The Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force (ANSTF) was established by Congress with the passage of the Nonindigenous Aquatic Nuisance Prevention and Control Act (NANPCA) in 1990 (collectively, the Act). The various NANPCA mandates were expanded later with the passage of the National Invasive Species Act (NISA) in 1996. The ANS Task force coordinates governmental efforts dealing with ANS in the U.S. with those of the private sector and other North American interests via regional panels and issue specific committees and work groups. USGS has a representative on the ANS Task Force, and participates on each of the ANSTF Regional Panels, sharing information and updates on invasive species science findings, technologies, and other information. The Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force Strategic Plan (2013-2017) carries through many of the goals and objectives established in previous ANSTF or other plans by remaining focused on prevention, monitoring, and control of ANS as well as increasing public understanding of the problems and impacts associated with invasive species.


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