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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  and 1997. It is currently co-chaired by USDA-NIFA (Bob Nowierski) and DOI-BLM (Gina Ramos).

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.

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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.

Next Open Meeting

Wednesday, May 30th

2:30 PM ET/1:30 CT

12:30 MT/11:30 PT

Presentation

"Unicorn Caught? A Presentation of the Results from CD3/Wildlife Forever Waterless Cleaning Station Pilot"

Presenter

Edgar Rudberg, CEO CD3

is September 25th

Presentation

(Past presentations can be downloaded here)

Presenter


Meeting Location & Call-in Information

Call -in number: 1-646-558-8656

Meeting ID: 140898520#

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://zoom.us/j/140898520

FICMNEW MEMBER AGENCIES and PRINCIPALS (agencies with FICMNEW representative vacancies are in italics)

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday September 25th

2:30-4:00 PM ET


Mission LQ: a new citizen science app for lamb's quarters (Chenopodium album) data collection

Mission LQ is a mobile application recently developed for the University of the District of Columbia to collect information on the location of lamb's quarters growth in the DMV (DC, Maryland, and Virginia). The application was built using a user-centered design approach and was deployed this summer for user testing. Preliminary results show high usability with room for improvement in plant identification training. This crowdsourcing platform to collect data for precision agriculture is part of Ms. Posada's doctoral thesis. Her goal is to create a citizen science platform that can then be used to create machine learning algorithms. In turn, this crowdsourcing approach can be used to educate people about important agricultural issues.

Brianna Posadas

Brianna is a PhD candidate and McKnight Fellow at the University of Florida (UF) in Gainesville. She is also the graduate ambassador for the UF chapter of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers.

Where: 20 M Street, SE  (Navy Yard Metro - Green Line (exit West side), RM 5003, Riparian Interview Room. 

Or by WebEx: 

https://meetings.webex.com/collabs/meetings/join?uuid=M8SMBITHK72OQ1GN704NOHNVQA-1QJ5

Meeting number: 199 444 225

Audio:

+1-415-655-0001   Access code: 199 444 225#



MOU's (memoranda of understanding)

Charter (2008) (pdf)

Fact sheet (2017) (pdf)

History - based on information provided by Bonnie Harper-Lore

Accomplishments