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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 USDADOI-NIFA NPS (Bob NowierskiTerri Hogan) and DOI-BLM (Gina RamosDOE (Eric Bradley).

During monthly 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.

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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

Presentation

(Past presentations can be downloaded here)

Presenter


Meeting Location & Call-in Information

Wednesday, March 27th

2:30 PM ET

USDA FOREST SERVICE Headquarters' (201 14th St SW, Washington, DC) Civilian Conservation Corps Room, located at the basement level all the way at the end of the hallway.  Government I.D. needed to enter the building. Walk down the stairs behind the Guard Desk; follow the hallway to other end of bldg. Meeting room is the last room on the right. 

Recent Detection and Spread of a new type of Trapa, an Invasive Aquatic Plant, in the Potomac River Watershed

A review of the information obtained from 2014 to 2018 on a new type of non-native water chestnut spreading in Virginia. How do we better reach out to stakeholders to inform them and encourage them to stop the spread of Trapa bispinosa? Are you aware of an existing federal or municipal program  or a case study of the use of EDRR for species  that threaten landscapes and aquatic areas?

Dr. Nancy Rybicki, USGS emeritus aquatic plant ecologist

In the past Dr. Rybicki conducted long term research projects on the increase of submersed aquatic vegetation abundance and diversity in the freshwater, tidal Potomac River during a time interval when water quality improved.  Her education was in Environmental Science and she is an affiliate professor at George Mason University.

This plant is a non-native floating aquatic plant that was discovered in 2014 in the Potomac River watershed and has been spreading rapidly since. Currently, it is reported and verified to occur in small colonies in about 30 water bodies, mostly ponds, in several northern Virginia counties (see the USGS NAS database for more information). Immediate action is needed to control this plant before it expands throughout the watershed and causes significant ecologicaleconomic and recreational impacts. 

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

Call-in number: 1-646-558-8656; Meeting ID: 140898520#

For technical support contact:

Ronald Dunmore, rjdunmore@nifa.usda.gov, Cory Legall, clegall@nifa.usda.gov, or Arthur Pridemore, apridemore@nifa.usda.gov

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Related publication:

Cryptic introduction of water chestnut (Trapa) in the northeastern United States

Chorak et al. 2019, Aquatic Botany 155:32-37

https://doi.org/10.1016/j.aquabot.2019.02.006Thursday, October 28, 2021

1:00 pm EDT/11:00 am MDT

TBD:  Phragmites management in the Great Lakes Region

Kurt Kowalski, Research Ecologist

U.S. Geological Survey - Great Lakes Science Center

Pending

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


MOU's (memoranda of understanding)

Charter (2008) (pdf)

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FICMNEW fact sheet (

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2019 draft) (pdf)

History - based on information provided by Bonnie Harper-Lore

Accomplishments