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 USDA-NIFA (Bob Nowierski) and DOI-BLM (Gina Ramos).
During 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.
FICMNEW's charter directs the committee to coordinate, through the respective Secretaries, Assistant Secretaries, and Agency heads, information regarding the identification and extent of invasive plants in the U.S. and to coordinate federal agency management of these species. FICMNEW accomplishes these portions of its charter by developing and sharing scientific and technical information, fostering collaborative efforts among federal agencies, providing recommendations for national and regional level management of invasive plants, and sponsoring technical/educational conferences and workshops concerning invasive plants.
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 Meetings
Wednesday, November 28th
2:30 PM ET/1:30 CT
12:30 MT/11:30 PT
Fighting Back Against Invasive Winter Annual Grasses in the West: Early Detection and Rapid Response (EDRR), Long-Term Control Strategies, and Restoring Quality Pollinator Habitat
Dr. Brian A. Mealor, Director of the University of Wyoming’s Research and Extension Center in Sheridan, Associate Professor in the Department of Plant Sciences
Dr. Derek Sebastian, Bayer Vegetation Management Area Sales Manager for Colorado, Wyoming, and Montana
Dr. Arathi Seshadri, pollination biologist and faculty in the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences at Colorado State University
Call -in number: 1-646-558-8656
Meeting ID: 140898520#
Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://zoom.us/j/140898520
MOU's (memoranda of understanding)
Charter (2008) (pdf)
Fact sheet (2017) (pdf)
History - based on information provided by Bonnie Harper-Lore