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posted February 10, 2021

National Invasive Species Awareness Week is an international event to raise awareness about invasive species, the threat that they pose, and what can be done to prevent their spread. 

NISAW Part I – Information and Advocacy 

February 22-26, 2021 

Resources about the National Invasive Species Awareness Week (NISAW) are available here:

NISAW sponsorship information is available here:

NISAW Part I Webinar Series: All Webinars begin at 2pm eastern, 1pm central, noon mountain, or 11am pacific

  • Webinar topics (Webinars are hosted by NAISMA):

    • Monday, February 22nd: Invasive Species Management Priorities 

      • Presentation 1 - NAISMA's Legislative and Policy Priorities presented by Belle Bergner, Executive Director of NAISMA
        Presentation 2 - Federal Legislation and Policy Issues presented by Scott Cameron
        Presentation 3 - The National Environmental Coalition on Invasive Species' Recommendations to the Biden-Harris Administration and Members of the 117th Congress presented by Caroline Murphy, The Wildlife Society
    • Tuesday, February 23rd: Federal Agency Updates 

      • Presentation 1 - The Department of the Interior's Invasive Species Strategic Plan presented by Hilary Smith, The Department of the Interior
        Presentation 2 - The Army Corps of Engineers' Invasive Species Program updates, including implementation of 2020's Water Resources Development Act presented by Jeremy Crossland, The Army Corps of Engineers
        Presentation 3 - Updates from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (speaker TBA)
    • Wednesday, February 24th: Aquatic Nuisance Species 

      • Moderated by Allison Zach, Nebraska Invasive Species Program Manager and NAISMA Board of Directors Member
        Presentation 1 - The Aquatic Nuisance Species (ANS) Task Force Strategic Plan presented by Susan Pasko, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Executive Secretary to the ANS Task Force
        Presentation 2 - The Updated Recommendations for the Quagga Zebra Action Plan for Western U.S. Waters (QZAP 2.0) presented by Elizabeth Brown on behalf of the Western Regional Panel and Nate Owens, ANS Program Manager, Utah Division of Wildlife Resources
        Presentation 3 - Implementing the National Asian Carp Management Plan (speaker TBA)
    • Thursday, February 25th: Plant Health 

      • Presentation 1 - Nonnative Forest Insects and Pathogens in the United States: Impacts and Policy Options presented by Gary Lovett, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Science
        Presentation 2 - The Impacts of Insects and Disease on Carbon Sequestration presented by Brendan Quirion, Cornell University
        Presentation 3 - Establishing the IL Invasive Species Council presented by Tricia Bethke, Morton Arboretum
    • Friday, February 26th: Show Me the Money! 

      • Presentation Show Me the Money!
        The U.S. federal agencies responsible for invasive species management in aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems, in general, have sufficient legislative authority from Congress to manage invasive species. However, federal invasive species programs remain extremely underfunded. In FY 2020, the Department of the Interior estimated it spent $143 million to manage invasive species for 400+ million acres of public lands. That’s roughly 35 cents per acre for all invasive species research, prevention, EDRR, management and restoration. As invasive species stakeholders, we need to seek full appropriations as authorized for these programs. This webinar will review the new leaders and members of the appropriations subcommittees in the House and Senate that have jurisdiction for invasive species funding. We will discuss key invasive species program funding within the Department of the Interior, the Department of Agriculture, and the Army Corp of Engineers.
        Presented by: Lee Van Wychen, Executive Director of Science Policy for the Weed Science Society of America

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NISAW Part II – Outreach and Education 

May 15-22, 2021

Representatives from local, state, federal, and regional organizations discuss legislation, policies, and improvements that can be made to prevent and manage invasive species. NISAW webinars will be held in February. Outdoor, hands on, NISAW events will be held May 15-22, 2021.

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