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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 DOI-NPS (Terri HoganDOE (Eric Bradley) and DOE (Eric BradleyDOI-BLM (Seth Flanigan).

During quarterly 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.


Next Open Meeting


(Past presentations can be downloaded here)



Meeting Location & Call-in Information

Thursday, October July 28, 20212022

The Great Lakes 
Phragmites Collaborative: Regional Coordination, Adaptive Management, and New Treatments for an Invasive Grass

Update on challenges associated with Chinese Tallow biocontrol

Kurt Kowalski, Research Ecologist

U.S. Geological Survey - Great Lakes Science Center

Greg Wheeler, USDA Agricultural Research Service

Join from the meeting link:

Meeting number (access code): 2762 447 6319

Meeting password: DnEJJ8hMi89

Join by phone

 +1-415-527-5035 US Toll 
+1-929-251-9612 USA Toll 2

Thursday, January 27, 2022

1:00 pm EST/11:00 am MDT

TBD:  USGS Tools for Invasive Species ManagementUSGS Fort Collins Science Center staff, Colorado State UniversityPending

The Bureau of Reclamation’s Yuma Area Office Giant Salvinia Program

Nicholas (Nick) Heatwole is an Environmental Protection Specialist for the Bureau of Reclamation at the Yuma Area Office (YAO). Mr. Heatwole studied at the University of Arizona receiving a BS in Renewable Natural Resources with an emphasis in Wildlife Ecology in 1998. Nick has over 20 years of experience in the environmental field, working with Reclamation on NEPA and Endangered Species issues since 2005. He has been working with invasive species issues and managing YAO's Giant Salvinia Program since 2010.

Aaron Murphy is an Ecologist with the US Bureau of Reclamation Technical Service Center (TSC) in Denver, CO. Mr. Murphy has a BS in Conservation Biology and Ecology and MS in Conservation Technology from the Florida Institute of Technology. He has been involved with the research and management of invasive species since 2017, and began supporting YAO’s Giant Salvinia Program in 2019.

Call in instructions will be sent via email. 

Please email if you are not on our elist and would like to receive a meeting invitation.

MOU's (memoranda of understanding)