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This page is a blog archive page for the Federal Interagency Committee for the Management of Noxious and Exotic Weeds (FICMNEW)

Federal Highway Administration (2018-05-08)

Are We Winning or Losing the War on Weeds? (an article in Public Roads Magazine)

by Mary Ann Rondinella and Bonnie L. Harper-Lore

National Park Service (NPS) (2017-06)

I am pleased to announce the release of the 2016 Exotic Plant Management Team (EPMT) Annual Report, which has been compiled to highlight examples of the collective annual EPMT Program efforts. Contents of the report were contributed by individual Teams to provide vignettes of their overall activities and are only representative of the cumulative programmatic effort.

The report has been published in the Natural Resource Stewardship and Science (NRSS) program brief format. It consists of an EPMT Program overview brief followed by program briefs for each of the 17 EPMTs.  The document closes with information on participants for each EPMT. The EPMT Program overview brief in digital format also includes hyperlinks to each of the EPMT briefs. Each program brief is two pages in length and can be distributed as a stand-alone product. The report is available through the NPS Integrated Resource Management Applications (IRMA) portal at:, or open and download the file here:  FY2016_EPMT_Annual_Program_Brief_06292017.pdf.

U.S. Department of Agriculture posts its annual "Do Not Harm" Report (2016-11-17)

The USDA has published the fifteenth “USDA Do No Harm Report” to the Invasive Species Advisory Committee and the National Invasive Species Council.  It covers the FY 2016 activities for ARS/NAL, APHIS, FAS, NIFA, ERS, USFS and NRCS. The report is dated November 16, 2016, and is available from the FICMNEW collaboration website, here:


Bureau of Land Management (BLM) (2016-09-09)

Issues Record of Decision (ROD) for Vegetation Treatments Using Aminopyralid, Fluroxypyr, and Rimsulfuron on BLM Lands in 17 Western States


We at the BLM are writing today to let you know that the BLM has issued the Record of Decision (ROD) for the Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (Final PEIS) approving the use of three new herbicides for vegetation management that are of low risk to the environment and human health.  The decision is to add aminopyralid (milestone), fluroxypyr (vista), and rimsulfuron (matrix) to the BLM’s list of approved active ingredients for use on public lands, increasing the list from 18 to 21. The additional active ingredients provide the BLM with a more effective set of tools to address wildfire protection and habitat restoration, and to reduce the threat of noxious weeds, invasive species, and hazardous fuels on public lands. The ROD identifies best management practices, standard operating procedures, and mitigation measures for all vegetation treatment projects involving the use of herbicides.

The Final PEIS includes pertinent information from the biological assessment regarding potential effects to plant and animal species listed as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act, or proposed for listing, and their critical habitats.  The National Marine Fisheries Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service both agree that the three additional active ingredients are not likely to adversely affect listed species or critical habitat.

Comment responses and resultant changes in the impact analysis are documented in the Final PEIS. The Federal Register Notice of Availability of the ROD, a copy of the ROD, and the Final PEIS are accessible at If you have any questions, please contact Gina Ramos at 202-912-7226.

Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (2016-08-24)

On August 24th APHIS posted several new Weed Risk Assessments (WRAs) – for Diplotaxis viminea (Vineyard wall rocket), Fumaria schleicheri (Fumitory), Knautia integrifolia(Whole-leaved sabious), and Rumex confertus (Russian Dock) – Although these assessments are now public, the species themselves are still under review.

Published WRAs are available here. 

Agricultural Marketing Service (2016-08-03)

Ernest Allen, FICMNEW principal from AMS and Director of the Seed Regulatory and Testing Division of the AMS' Livestock, Poultry, and Seed Program, made a presentation on the Federal Seed Act at the July FICMNEW meeting, and below are some related links that were requested by meeting participants. Also, the presentation itself can be found here.

FSA (.pdf)
FSA Regulations
–List of Agricultural kinds regulated by FSA
–List of Vegetable kinds regulated by FSA
Federal Noxious Weed Seed list
Noxious-weed seeds in the District of Columbia
State Noxious Weed Seed Requirements (.pdf)
Items of interest in seed
Agricultural Marketing Act (7 CFR 75)
Seed Testing Services
Other Services available  at AMS
2016 AOSA Noxious Weed Seed Tolerances (.pdf)
Tolerance of Noxious Weed Seeds in Interstate Commerce

 Bureau of Indian Affairs (2016-06-14)

BIA has added a mapping/geospatial functionality to its Tribal Leaders list: 

The new Tribal Directory Map gives real, graphic meaning to what exactly is "Indian Country." It lets you know who Tribal neighbors are at a glance - and how to reach them.

The Tribal Leaders List is available in pdf format as well:

We think you'll agree that mapping the information provides this reference with a useful geographic perspective.

National Park Service (2016-05-27)

The NPS has revised the guidance it provides to parks regarding the NEPA (National Environmental Policy Act) process. The goal is to simplify the process and bring the NPS process in line with NEPA. There were some unnecessary complications in the old guidance. The Key Changes and FAQs clarify some of the differences between previous guidance and updated guidance.

The new guidance can be found via this link:

An overview of the changes can be found here.

Also see the related FAQs document.

Federal Highway Administration (2016-03-31)

On March 25th, 2015, the Administrator of the Federal Highway Administration (Gregory G. Nadeau) issued a memo, which notes the success of the White House “Transportation Leaders’ Summit: Restoring the Nation’s Pollinator Habitat,” discusses pollinator provisions in section 1415 of the FAST Act, and announces the release of FHWA’s “Pollinators and Roadsides: Best Management Practices for Managers and Decision Makers.” The BMP document includes recommendations for integrated vegetation management.

Five New Great Lakes "Least Wanted" Aquatic Invasive Species Announced

The Great Lakes St. Lawrence Governors & Premiers today announced five additions to the list of “least wanted” aquatic invasive species. In 2013, the Governors and Premiers released the first list of 16 “least wanted” aquatic invasive species (AIS) that present a serious threat to the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Basin. Since then, the region’s eight states and two provinces have taken more than 40 actions to prohibit or restrict these high-risk species, including the Asian carp. The new “least wanted” AIS include:

  • Tench Tinca tinca
  • Marmorkreb (marbled crayfish) Procambarus fallax forma virginalis
  • New Zealand mud snail Potamopyrgus antipodarum
  • European frogbit Hydrocharis morsus-ranae
  • Yellow floating heart Nymphoides peltata

State and provincial AIS and fisheries experts, in conjunction with leading regional researchers, identified these five AIS as posing a high risk of invasion or spread within the region. The Governors and Premiers will take aggressive action and work with regional partners to prevent the spread of these aquatic invaders.

AIS cost the U.S. and Canada billions of dollars in damages each year, are a burden on the economy, and strain state, provincial and federal budgets. They pose a threat to human health and cause immeasurable ecological damage to native species, with consequences for our region’s sport and commercial fisheries, tourism and recreation. More than 180 nonnative species have been introduced into the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River.


The Great Lakes St. Lawrence Governors & Premiers unites the chief executives from Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Ontario, Pennsylvania, Québec, and Wisconsin. The Governors and Premiers work as equal partners to grow the region’s $6 trillion economy and protect the world’s largest system of surface fresh water. 

The following vacancies have been launched on USA Jobs

Lead Range Technician (Fire-Helitack), GS-0455-05/06

Announcement No: NV Merit-2018-0214

Opens: 04/30/2018 - Closes: 05/14/2018

Location: Caliente, Nevada

Promotion Potential: GS-06

Relocation Expenses: No

Who May Be Considered: All current federal employees or former federal employees with competitive/reinstatement eligibility; CTAP and ICTAP eligibles within the local commuting area; Veteran Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA); Veterans Recruitment Appointment (VRA); Veterans more than 30% disabled eligible; Persons eligible under Special Hiring Authorities, Schedule A and/or individuals w/disabilities;All former PLC members who within the past 120 days have completed all requirements of a creditable PLC project.

Link to announcement: Lead Range Technician (Fire-Helitack)

Lead Range Technician (Fire-Helitack), GS-0455-05/06

Announcement No: NV-DEU-2018-0064

Opens: 04/30/2018 - Closes: 05/14/2018

Location: Caliente, Nevada

Promotion Potential: GS-06

Relocation Expenses: No

Who May Be Considered: All U.S. Citizens - No previous Federal Service is required.

Link to announcement: Lead Range Technician (Fire-Helitack)

Job Announcement: ORNL DAAC manager position

ORNL DAAC is looking for a new leader

We want to recruit the best candidate possible, ideally a person who has experience in ecology & remote sensing and data science. I would really appreciate your help in spreading the word about this position to any relevant listservs or groups.
ORNL DAAC manager position:

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