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Federal Government's Response for Invasive Species

Learn about the Federal Government's Response and how Federal activities regarding invasive species are coordinated.


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On February 3, 1999, Executive Order 13112 was signed by President William Clinton establishing the National Invasive Species Council (Council). The Council is an inter-Departmental body that helps to coordinate and ensure complementary, cost-effective Federal activities regarding invasive species. The overarching duty of the Council is to provide the high-level vision and leadership necessary to sustain and expand Federal efforts to safeguard the interests of the U.S. by preventing, eradicating, and controlling invasive species, as well as restoring ecosystems and other assets impacted by invasive species.

Together with the Invasive Species Advisory Committee (ISAC), stakeholders, concerned members of the public, and member departments, the Council formulated an action plan for the nation. The Council issued the first National Invasive Species Management Plan early in 2001 to provide an overall blueprint for Federal action. The Plan, last updated in 2016, recommends specific action items to improve coordination, prevention, control, and management of invasive species by the Federal agency members of the Council; see About the Council.

Note: After having been active for nearly two decades, the Trump administration defunded and disbanded the Committee in 2019. President Biden reestablished the Committee on September 30, 2021; see Executive Order on Continuance or Reestablishment of Certain Federal Advisory Committees and Amendments to Other Executive Orders - Section 1(o).

Federal Invasive Species Task Forces, Committees, and Councils

Read an Overview of National Federal Interagency Coordinating Groups [PDF | 249 KB]
Aug 19, 2021
National Invasive Species Council.

Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force

Develops and executes programs to limit the introduction and dispersal of Aquatic Nuisance Species (ANS).

Federal Interagency Committee for the Management of Noxious and Exotic Weeds

Coordinates information regarding the identification and extent of invasive plants in the United States.

Federal Integrated Pest Management Coordinating Committee

Provides leadership, management, and coordination on pest management issues, including Integrated Pest Management (IPM).

Federal Interagency Committee on Invasive Terrestrial Animals and Pathogens

Coordinates the sharing of technical information for program planning and the management of invasive species.

National Invasive Species Council

Provides high-level vision and leadership necessary for the prevention, eradication, and control of invasive species in the United States.

Technical Advisory Group for Biological Control Agents of Weeds

Reviews petitions for biological control of weeds and provides an exchange of views, information and advice to researchers.