The National Invasive Species Council Secretariat

The National Invasive Species Council Secretariat NISC ensures that Federal programs and activities to prevent/control invasive species are coordinated, effective, and efficient. The National Invasive Species Council (NISC) was created by EO 13112 in 1999.
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NISC is co-chaired by the Secretaries of the Interior, Agriculture, and Commerce. NISC members include the Secretaries of State, Defense, Homeland Security, Treasury, Transportation, Health and Human Services, the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), as well as the Administrators of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and U.S. Agency for International Development. NISC provides high-level interdepartmental coordination of federal invasive species actions and works with other federal and non-federal groups to address invasive species issues at the national level. Each NISC member has unique roles and responsibilities related to invasive species and is represented by a policy liaison to the Council. NISC duties, as outline in EO 13112 are to: - Oversee implementation of EO 13112 - Encourage planning and action at local, tribal, state, regional, and ecosystem based level to achieve strategic goals - Develop recommendations for international cooperation - Work with the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) to develop guidance to federal agencies pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) - Facilitate development of a coordinated network among federal agencies to document, evaluate, and monitor invasive species impacts - Prepare and issue a National Invasive Species Management Plan In accordance with EO 13112, NISC completed a Five year Review of EO 13112, which was submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) in 2005.

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Check out this recent episode of the 1A radio show, "Snakes On A Plain: Invasive Species And How We Handle Them"
08/09/2019
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Check out this recent episode of the 1A radio show, "Snakes On A Plain: Invasive Species And How We Handle Them"

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Congratulations to the winner of the $70,000 'Ohi'a Challenge prize!
07/17/2019

Congratulations to the winner of the $70,000 'Ohi'a Challenge prize!

We are SO excited to announce the winner of the $70,000 ‘Ōhi‘a Challenge prize, Dr. Ryan Perroy of the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo! It was just announced at the Hawai‘i Conservation Conference this afternoon!

His innovative strategy uses unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and remote sensing devices to detect a fungus decimating Hawaiian forests, Rapid ‘Ōhi‘a Death (ROD).

Since 2014 when it was first discovered, ROD has killed hundreds of thousands of mature ‘ōhi‘a trees (Metrosideros polymorpha) on Hawai‘i Island and was recently detected on Kaua‘i and Maui. ROD is caused by two invasive fungi, Ceratocystis huliohia and Ceratocystis lukuohia, that if left unstopped, could irreversibly change Hawaiian ecosystems and cultural traditions by eliminating the keystone native tree in Hawaiian forests.

Congratulations Dr. Perroy and to all who worked diligently on the Conservation X Labs U.S. Department of the Interior National Park Service Challenge!

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RRISC held its annual award ceremony in Washington, DC, on June 11th to honor outstanding achievements in the field of i...
06/19/2019
RRISC Holds Fourth Annual Congressional Reception and Awards Program | Reduce Risks from Invasive Species Coalition

RRISC held its annual award ceremony in Washington, DC, on June 11th to honor outstanding achievements in the field of invasive species work. The National Invasive Species Secretariat congratulates the recipients of these awards and all of their hard work. Many thanks to:

Bill Whitacre; Western Governors’ Association
(Outstanding State Government Achievement)

John Kabashima; Environmental Horticulture Advisor, Emeritus, University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources
(Outstanding Volunteer Achievement)

Ed Rudberg and Mark Apfelbacher; CD3 Station
(Outstanding Private Sector Achievement)

USDA Region 6 Invasive Species Program
(Outstanding Federal Government Achievement)

Enrico Bonello; Ohio State University Center for Applied Plant Sciences
(Outstanding Innovation)

admin, June 17, 2019June 17, 2019, Uncategorized, 0 In cooperation with Representatives Mike Thompson (D-CA) and Elise Stefanik (R-NY) as Co-Chairs of the Congressional Invasive Species Caucus, RRISC recently held its Fourth Annual Congressional Reception and Awards Program on Capitol Hill with a cr...

The Wisconsin Invasive Species Calendar helps you determine what species to look for throughout the year based on life s...
05/09/2019
Wisconsin Invasive Species Calendar

The Wisconsin Invasive Species Calendar helps you determine what species to look for throughout the year based on life stage and detectability.

The Wisconsin Invasive Species Calendar helps you determine what species to look for throughout the year based on life stage and detectability. Click on the ima

The Western Governors’ Association webinar, Innovative Approaches to Addressing Forest Health and Invasive Species in th...
05/07/2019
Webinar: Innovative Approaches to Addressing Forest Health and Invasive Species in the Pacific Islands

The Western Governors’ Association webinar, Innovative Approaches to Addressing Forest Health and Invasive Species in the Pacific Islands, explored the various risks that invasive pests and pathogens pose to vulnerable island ecosystems.

Invasive species can have particularly devastating effects on specialized island ecosystems and economies. Panelists discussed the challenges related to invasive species prevention and control in the U.S. Pacific Islands.

The webinar was moderated by WGA Policy Advisor Bill Whitacre. Panelists included: Susan Cordell, Director, Institute of Pacific Islands Forestry, U.S. Forest Service (view slides); DJ Sene, American Samoa Community College, Agriculture, Community and Natural Resources Division; Pua Michael, Head Forester, Division of Forestry, Palau Bureau of Agriculture; and Chelsa Muna-Brecht, Director, Guam Department of Agriculture.

The Western Governors’ Association webinar, Innovative Approaches to Addressing Forest Health and Invasive Species in the Pacific Islands, explored the various risks that invasive pests and pathogens pose to vulnerable island ecosystems.

Help keep invasive species out of the Arctic!
04/23/2019
Stop Artctic Aliens

Help keep invasive species out of the Arctic!

Alien species are a global threat to biological diversity. The Arctic’s flora and fauna is especially vulnerable to invasions. Travellers to the Arctic region can inadvertently bring seeds, insects and parasites on clothes, equipment and baggage to the Arctic.

Yellowstone biologists making headway against lake trout
04/15/2019
Yellowstone biologists making headway against lake trout

Yellowstone biologists making headway against lake trout

The war is still being waged against lake trout in Yellowstone Lake, but fisheries biologists are seeing new trends that offer optimism, and anglers hunting cutthroat trout are seeing more and bigger fish.

APPLICATIONS DUE APRIL 8TH! Win up to $70,000 when you submit your ideas to protect Hawaii's sacred ʻōhiʻa tree from a k...
04/03/2019
The ʻŌhiʻa Challenge

APPLICATIONS DUE APRIL 8TH! Win up to $70,000 when you submit your ideas to protect Hawaii's sacred ʻōhiʻa tree from a killer fungus. @ConservationXLabs @USInterior @nationalparkservice #OhiaChallenge

The Ohia Challenge: Engaging new solvers to save Hawaii's iconic Ōhia tree.

Science Spotlight: Prioritizing invasive species removal to prevent extinctions
03/29/2019
Science Spotlight: Prioritizing invasive species removal to prevent extinctions

Science Spotlight: Prioritizing invasive species removal to prevent extinctions

A new study has found removing invasive mammals from 169 islands would improve survival prospects for 9% of the world’s most highly-threatened vertebrates on islands. Our Global Science Coordinator Ian Burfield explains the study and its implications for conservation.

5-foot boa constrictor found on Oahu
03/19/2019
5-foot boa constrictor found on Oahu

5-foot boa constrictor found on Oahu

A Kunia, Oahu, farmworker said he saw the snake near bushes along Kunia Road on Friday afternoon and he and his nephew captured it and held it overnight in a trash can. The next morning, he brought the snake to HDOA’s Plant Quarantine Office at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport where it was s...

Conservation X Labs
03/18/2019

Conservation X Labs

✅ Time for the finishing touches: the Con X Tech Prize closes on Wednesday, March 20 at 11:59 EDT. Don't lose your shot at $20K+ in funding and project development support for your wild conservation idea! Get going here: https://conservationx.com/prize

The Hawaiian ʻōhiʻa tree is under threat from a deadly fungal pathogen - and you might be the hero it needs. Apply now, ...
02/28/2019
Save the ʻŌhiʻa

The Hawaiian ʻōhiʻa tree is under threat from a deadly fungal pathogen - and you might be the hero it needs. Apply now, and your idea could receive up to $70,000. @ConservationXLabs @USInterior @nationalparkservice #OhiaChallenge

The Ohia Challenge: Engaging new solvers to save Hawaii's iconic Ōhia tree.

Numbers Behind Florida's Python Round Up Are Staggering - The Hunting News
02/26/2019
Numbers Behind Florida's Python Round Up Are Staggering - The Hunting News

Numbers Behind Florida's Python Round Up Are Staggering - The Hunting News

The numbers are in for Florida’s python elimination program and they are ridicules. The state hired hunters to go into swamps and remove the unwanted snakes. After they tallied up all the inches and pounds the final numbers were astounding. According to News Channel 4 out of Jacksonville, hunters ...

Virginia Tech researchers tackle the biological invasions crisis
02/26/2019
Virginia Tech researchers tackle the biological invasions crisis

Virginia Tech researchers tackle the biological invasions crisis

Examples of invasive species threatening Virginia include a sap-sucking invasive insect called the hemlock woolly adelgid, which has decimated the hemlock tree population, and the spotted lanternfly, which attacks grapes, peaches, hops, and many tree species.

Join us next week, February 25-March 3, National Invasive Species Awareness Week, for panels, webinars, networking, and ...
02/21/2019
Home - National Invasive Species Awareness Week

Join us next week, February 25-March 3, National Invasive Species Awareness Week, for panels, webinars, networking, and the 2019 Invasive Species Advisory Committee meeting. Help us celebrate 20 years of policy, innovation, and progress!

Home: National Invasive Species Awareness Week February 25- March 3, 2019 Celebrating 20 Years of Policy, Innovation, and Progress PARTICIPATE IN EVENTS ACROSS THE NATION to

A keystone species in Hawaii is under threat from a killer fungus. We need your help to save the ʻōhiʻa tree before the ...
02/08/2019
Save the ʻŌhiʻa

A keystone species in Hawaii is under threat from a killer fungus. We need your help to save the ʻōhiʻa tree before the ecosystem impacts are irreversible. @ConservationXLabs @USInterior @nationalparkservice #OhiaChallenge

The Ohia Challenge: Engaging new solvers to save Hawaii's iconic Ōhia tree.

State Senate unveils package of biosecurity bills
02/05/2019
State Senate unveils package of biosecurity bills

State Senate unveils package of biosecurity bills

Three bills dealing with invasive species and their relationship to food security and biosecurity are being considered by the state Senate.

Why charismatic, introduced species are so difficult to manage
02/05/2019
Why charismatic, introduced species are so difficult to manage

Why charismatic, introduced species are so difficult to manage

Introduced and invasive species can present big problems, particularly when those species are charismatic, finds a recently published paper in the Ecological Society of America's journal Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment.

Tech prize encourages solutions to threats from invasive species
02/05/2019
Tech prize encourages solutions to threats from invasive species

Tech prize encourages solutions to threats from invasive species

A new competition seeks ideas for tech solutions to a broad range of challenges facing conservation. The second round of the Con X Tech Prize encourages anyone to submit an idea for a new tool that could help resource managers, consumers, and decision-makers understand and address a conservation pro...

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