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National and Regional Actions

Find out WHO is doing WHAT at the national and regional levels. The table below provides a few examples. Keep in mind that there is a lot more going on than what is listed here.

Who What

Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

"Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) will use modern technologies to prevent the introduction of parasitic-plant pests and Federal noxious weeds … into the United States. APHIS will exclude, detect and eradicate newly introduced weeds that pose the highest risk to US agriculture or the environment."

US Customs and Border Protection

Monitors for illegal agricultural products entering the United States, including plant parts intended for growing.

Presidential Executive Order 13112 on Invasive Species

Created the National Invasive Species Council (NISC) whose responsibilities include

Federal Interagency Committee for the Management of Noxious and Exotic Weeds (FICMNEW)

A partnership of 16 federal agencies with invasive plant management and regulatory responsibilities, and is identified in the Executive Order as the primary federal-level organization that NISC should rely on for implementing the Executive Order.


  • bridges the gap between federal agency invasive plant management and science activities
  • coordinates information about the identification and extent of invasive plants in the United States
  • develops and shares scientific and technical information
  • fosters collaboration among federal agencies
  • provides recommendations for national and regional level invasive plant management
  • sponsors technical and educational conferences and workshops on invasive plants
Scientific Research
Who What

Federal Agencies

DOI United States Geological Survey
Research branch of the Department of the Interior. Conducts research in partnerships with other federal agencies such as the National Park Service and Fish and Wildlife Service, states, universities, and others.

USDA Forest Service
Conducts research through technology development centers, experimental forests, and research stations. Works in partnerships with other agencies, states, universities, and the private sector.


Many universities have scientists who conduct research on invasive plants. These scientists often work in cooperation with federal and state agencies.
University examples:

Who What

Federal Land Management Agencies

Federal agencies that manage public lands have programs that address invasive plant problems.

US Department of Transportation
Federal Highway Administration

Active in the effort to control and prevent the spread of invasive plants along roads and other transportation corridors. Promotes the use of native plants to control invasive plants.

Roadside Use of Native Plants
Website: http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/rdsduse

National Association of Exotic Pest Plant Councils

A network of non-profit organizations that come together as a national coalition that speak as one voice on invasive plant issues.

The Nature Conservancy

Provides resources for land managers and others working with invasive plants.
Online resources include

  • guides to developing weed management plans
  • invasive species learning networks
  • volunteer coordination and public outreach
  • weed control methods handbook

Center for Invasive Plant Management

Supports natural resource managers, scientists, and educators pursuing ecological approaches to invasive plant management by

  • offering online education for professional development
  • transferring the latest scientific knowledge to land managers
  • developing products and publications
  • information clearinghouse website

Center for Plant Conservation

Works to conserve native and rare plants in the United States. Provides plant material for restoration efforts and assists in monitoring populations, managing habitat, and restoring plants to native habitats.

Awareness and Education
Who What

Partnerships among Government Agencies and Conservation Organizations

National Wildlife Refuge Association

With the mission “to protect, enhance and expand the National Wildlife Refuge System...”, the NWRA educates the public on issues that threaten refuges such as invasive plants.
Website: http://www.refugenet.org

Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers!

Aimed at recreational water users, Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers! educates boaters, anglers, and others on the problems associated with invasive aquatic plants.
Website: http://www.protectyourwaters.net


An initiative aimed at stopping the introduction and spread of nonnative fish and aquatic plants by partnering with the aquarium and pet industry as well as the landscaping and gardening industry.
Website: http://www.habitattitude.net

Weeds Gone Wild

A web-based project of the Plant Conservation Alliance which promotes on-the-ground conservation with targeted public outreach to protect and restore native plants.
Website: http://www.nps.gov/plants/alien