Invasive species represent one of the most significant threats to ecosystems, human and animal health, infrastructure, the economy, and cultural resources. Alarmingly, the threat is growing.
Climate change and the globalization of trade, travel, and transport are greatly increasing the number and type of species moved around the world, as well as the rate of movement. At the same time, changes in land use and climate are making some habitats more susceptible to the establishment of non-native species and may amplify the adverse impacts of biological invasion.
In 1999, the National Invasive Species Council (NISC) was established to provide national leadership in addressing this threat. The Council recently adopted its 2016-2018 NISC Management Plan. The Plan sets forth high priority, interdepartmental actions for the Federal government and its partners to take to prevent, eradicate, and control invasive species, as well as restore ecosystems and other assets adversely impacted by invasive species.
Over the next two years, the Plan will help guide the collective action of the thirteen Departments and Agencies whose senior officials comprise the Council. Together we will:
The NISC Management Plan is a call to collective action. It enables us to know where to place our priorities and where to invest in the future. The threats invasive species pose to American assets and security warrant an urgent response backed by the full commitment of NISC and its partners.
Kristen J. Sarri
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary
Policy, Management and Budget
U.S. Department of the Interior
Undersecretary for Natural Resources and the Environment
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Performing the Duties of Assistant Secretary for Conservation and Management
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
U.S. Department of Commerce