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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.


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.

Wednesday September 25th

Next Open Meeting

is September 25th


(Past presentations can be downloaded here)



Meeting Location & Call-in Information

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 the also graduate ambassador for the UF chapter of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers.

PendingThursday, January 27, 2022

1:00 pm EST/11:00 am MDT

INHABIT: a web application to deliver habitat suitability models and bridge the scientist-practitioner divide

Many practitioners are hampered by the scope of the invasive species problem compared to available resources to combat invasive species. Habitat suitability models of invaders can inform watch lists and target population searches, but there is often a divide between researchers creating these models and practitioners who utilize them. We have formed a scientist-practitioner partnership to create suitability models for priority species that are integrated into the Invasive Species Habitat Tool (INHABIT;, a web application displaying visual and statistical summaries of habitat suitability models for >140 terrestrial plant species across the conterminous US. The models are based on aggregated occurrence data and a species-specific set of predictors from a library of environmental predictors we have assembled. Managers provide feedback both on the models and INHABIT’s features, iteratively improving the content and functionality of INHABIT. The first iteration species models have been updated to a new version using the latest occurrence information and an improved predictor set based on feedback from practitioners. The web application is designed to provide practical information leading to enhanced land management actions, including mapped products, information on modeled environmental relationships, and tabular summaries comparing risk among species within a given management unit, as well as comparisons across management units for a given species. INHABIT is actively evolving to help bridge the gap between scientists and practitioners, moving beyond occurrence models to abundance and assessing the geographic distribution of control tools such as biocontrol agents.

The presentation will be followed by a round-robin of attendees to share our work and needs and identify areas of intersection among participants.

Catherine Jarnevich is a research ecologist with USGS, where she has worked for many years exploring the distributions of species. Much of her current research involves the application of habitat suitability models to answer different applied research and management questions for various species across a range of taxa and spatial scales.

Peder Engelstad is a spatial data scientist who contributes to several research projects with his expertise in statistical modeling and programming. Recently, he has been collaborating with researchers at USGS to harness the power of high-performance computing systems to map the distribution of invasive plant species and is dedicated to finding effective ways of communicating those data to agency scientists and land managers.

Call in instructions have been sent via email. Please contact if you would like to participate and did not receive call in information.

MOU's (memoranda of understanding)

Charter (2008) (pdf)


FICMNEW fact sheet (


2019 draft) (pdf)

History - based on information provided by Bonnie Harper-Lore