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Invasive species issues challenge all of us everyday. Whether you are formally tasked with land management or simply active in exploring and protecting ecosystems, dealing with the threats presented by the multitude of terrestrial, aquatic, or microbial invasive species is a complicated matter. The National Invasive Species Council (NISC) has been tasked, since the signing of Executive Order 13112 in 1999, with assisting in the coordination of efforts to combat invasive species. The NISC developed the National Invasive Species Management Plan (Plan) and Action Item #32 of the Plan states: By January 2003, NISC will develop and issue guidance for ranking the priority of invasive species control projects at local, regional, and ecosystem-based levels. The guidelines will provide for consultation with expert individuals and organizations, including consultation with the Federal Interagency Committee for the Management of Noxious and Exotic Weeds (FICMNEW), the Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force (ANSTF), Council on Environment and Natural Resources (CENR), and regional, State, tribal, and local agencies, affected industries, and private landowners.
These guidelines were written by federal and non-federal members of the Control and Management Subcommittee of NISC’s Invasive Species Advisory Committee (ISAC). Input was received from a broad range of experts. The intent of these guidelines is to assist in the prioritization and optimization of invasive species control and management efforts in minimally-managed or “natural areas.” Land managers are encouraged to utilize these guidelines and then provide feedback to ISAC and NISC as to their usefulness and impact. Guidance is provided in accordance with the definitions and principles presented in the National Invasive Species Management Plan.