The Federal Interagency Committee for the Management of Noxious and Exotic weeds (FICMNEW) represents an unprecedented formal partnership between 18 federal agencies with direct invasive plant management and regulatory responsibilities spanning across the United States and territories. FICMNEW was established through a Memorandum of Understanding signed by agency leadership in 1994 and 1997. It is currently co-chaired by USDA-FS (Mike Ielmini) and DOI-NPS (Terri Hogan).
During bi-monthly open meetings, FICMNEW members interact on important national and regional invasive plant issues and share information with various public and private organizations participating with the federal sector to address invasive plant issues.
FICMNEW's charter directs the committee to coordinate, through the respective Secretaries, Assistant Secretaries, and Agency heads, information regarding the identification and extent of invasive plants in the U.S. and to coordinate federal agency management of these species. FICMNEW accomplishes these portions of its charter by developing and sharing scientific and technical information, fostering collaborative efforts among federal agencies, providing recommendations for national and regional level management of invasive plants, and sponsoring technical/educational conferences and workshops concerning invasive plants.
FICMNEW continues to bridge the gap between federal agency invasive plant management and science activities and has been a driving force behind the national emphasis against the broader invasive species threat.
Fact sheet (2017) (pdf)
FICMNEW MEMBER AGENCIES and PRINCIPALS (agencies with FICMNEW representative vacancies are in italics)
Agricultural Marketing Service (USDA - AMS) (Lan-Chi Trinh)
Agricultural Research Service (USDA - ARS) (John Gaskin)
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA - APHIS) (Anne LeBrun)
Armed Forces Pest Management Board (DOD - AFPMB) (Douglas Burkett)
- Army Corps of Engineers (DOD - ACE) (Jon Lane)
Bureau of Indian Affairs (DOI - BIA) (vacant; alternate: LaDonna Carlisle)
Bureau of Land Management(DOI - BLM) (Richard Lee)
Bureau of Reclamation (DOI - BOR) (Jolene Trujillo)
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) (Helen Hull-Sanders)
Farm Service Agency (USDA - FSA)
Federal Highway Administration (DOT - FHWA) (vacant)
National Institute of Food and Agriculture(USDA - NIFA) (Vijay Nandula)
National Park Service (DOI - NPS) (Terri Hogan, FICMNEW cochair)
Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA - NRCS) (Chris Taliga)
Department of Energy, Office of Sustainable Environmental Stewardship (DOE - AU-21) (Eric Bradley, FICMNEW cochair)
US Fish & Wildlife Service (DOI - FWS) (John Klavitter)
US Forest Service(USDA - FS) (Mike Ielmini)
US Geological Survey (DOI - USGS) (Annie Simpson)