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Volunteers and Invasive Plants: Learning and Lending a Hand

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How Do The Federal Land Management Agencies Differ?

Each agency has a different mandate for managing public lands based on their originating act as well as years of follow-up legislation. All these federal agencies are working to control invasive plants on the public lands they manage.

Department of the Interior
Agency Mission Primary Resources Managed

Fish and Wildlife Service

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  • Established in 1940
  • Manages 96 million acres

Working with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.

Wildlife and habitat conservation, wildlife-related recreation

National Park Service

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  • Established in 1916
  • Manages 83.6 million acres

...to promote and regulate the use of the...national parks...which purpose is to conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wild life therein and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations.

Land, wildlife, and historical conservation

Bureau of Land Management

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  • Established in 1946
  • Manages 264 million surface acres and 560 million subsurface acres (primarily in the western US)

...to sustain the health, diversity and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.

Domestic grazing, mining, timber, energy extraction, fish and wildlife habitat

Department of Agriculture

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  • Established in 1905
  • Manages 193 million acres

...to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the Nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations.

Forest products, domestic grazing, fish and wildlife habitat