Increased threats from invasive species are a high priority for the Service as we adapt our programs to face the challenges posed by an expanding global economy and a continued loss of biodiversity. Climate change will likely exacerbate this problem. Climate change is already compromising the capacity of native organisms to compete with existing invaders and opening up additional pathways of spread.
Executive Order 13112 defines an invasive species as a nonnative species that is likely to cause economic or environmental harm, or harm to human health. Invasive species can be plants, animals, and other organisms (e.g., microbes). Human actions are the primary means of invasive species introductions. Under the Executive Order, the Service works with other agencies and Departments to coordinate national and local-level invasive species management activities and share information and new techniques for fighting invasive species. Prevention, early detection, rapid response, control, management, and restoration are key components of the National Invasive Species Management Plan and other interagency/interdepartmental programs.
The need for stronger coordination and cooperation between Federal resource managers and the private sector, particularly in local communities, is essential. Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Program and Injurious Wildlife The Service’s Fisheries and Habitat Conservation Program, through its Division of Fisheries and Aquatic Resource Conservation, supports implementation of the Non-indigenous Aquatic Nuisance Prevention and Control Act of 1990 (as amended by NISA 1996) through its AIS Program. This program provides national leadership in preventing, eradicating, and controlling aquatic invasive species.
For more information, contact:
NWRS National Invasive, 703/358-2063
Additional Web Links:
National Invasive Species Council
Federal Interagency Committee for the Management of Noxious and Exotic Weeds
Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force
Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers! National Public Awareness Campaign
Invasive Species Survey
100th Meridian Initiative