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MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING
FOR THE
ESTABLISHMENT OF A FEDERAL INTERAGENCY COMMITTEE
FOR THE MANAGEMENT OF NOXIOUS AND EXOTIC WEEDS

 

This Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) is made and entered into by and among the signatory Federal Agencies referred to as the Federal Agencies.

 

I.   PURPOSE

 

The purpose of this MOU is to establish the Federal Interagency Committee for Management of Noxious and Exotic Weeds (hereafter referred to as FICMNEW). The FICMNEW will work cooperatively to accomplish an ecological and integrated approach to the management of noxious and exotic weeds (hereafter referred to as management) on Federal lands and technical assistance on private lands.

 

The Federal Agencies propose to work together within the scope of their respective authorities toward a common goal of achieving sustainable, healthy ecosystems that meet the needs of society.

 

Additionally, all Federal Agencies desire to achieve the advancement of knowledge and skills, good land stewardship practices and public awareness of noxious and exotic weed issues and management. This cooperation is in the parties' mutual interest.

 

II.  CHARTER FOR FICMNEW

 

The FICMNEW is charged with coordinating the identification of the extent and impacts of noxious and exotic weeds for the Secretaries of the involved Departments through the appropriate Assistant Secretaries.

 

This committee will coordinate a Federal Government approach which includes the development of agency needs, and will make recommendations to Departmental leadership on research, technology transfer, and management actions. The committee will present yearly progress reports on the status of the noxious and exotic weed problem.

 

 

 

 

 

III. DUTIES OF FICMNEW

 

1.  Share the scientific and technical expertise of various agencies related to noxious and exotic weed management.

 

2.  Encourage Federal employees to work collaboratively to enhance their resource management capabilities and advance the state of knowledge of the art and science of technical assistance and management of noxious and exotic weeds by an open interchange of knowledge, skills, abilities, and resources.

 

3.  Cooperate in the development of technical workshops, continuing education courses, natural resource management conferences, scientific publications, and demonstrations. Examples could include special training sessions and conferences concerning technical aspects of noxious and exotic weeds.

 

4.  Meet annually, or as needed, to review the progress and opportunities of implementing the MOU.

 

IV.  IT IS MUTUALLY AGREED AND UNDERSTOOD BY AND AMONG THE SAID
     PARTIES THAT:

 

1.  Specific work projects or activities which involve the transfer of funds, services, or property between the parties

to this MOU will require the execution of separate agreements or contracts, contingent upon the availability of

funds as appropriated by Congress. Each subsequent agreement or arrangement involving the transfer of funds, services, or property among the parties to this MOU must comply with all applicable statutes and regulations, including those statutes and regulations applicable to

procurement activities, and must be independently authorized by appropriate statutory authority.

 

2.  This MOU in no way restricts the Federal Agencies from participating in similar activities or arrangements with other public or private agencies, organizations, or individuals.

 

3.  Nothing in this MOU shall obligate the Federal Agencies to expend appropriations or to enter into any contracts or other obligations.

 

 

4.  The initial committee chairs and prinoipal contacts for this agreement are:

 

Janette Kaiser               Lewis (Buck) Waters
USDA Forest Service          DOI, Bureau of Land Management
P.O. Box 96090               1849 C Street, NW (Rm. 204 LS)
Washington, D.C. 20090-6090  Washington, D.C. 20240
(202) 205-0847               (202) 452-7760

 

5.  Unless terminated under the terms of paragraph 6 below, this MOU will remain in full force and in effect; the MOU will be subject to review annually.

 

6.  This MOU may be modified or amended upon written request

of any party and the concurrence of the other. Any party may be removed from this MOU upon written notice to the other parties.

 

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties hereto have executed this MOU as of the last written date below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

_________________________________            APR 20 1994

MIKE DOMBECK                                 Date

Acting Director, Bureau of Land Management

U.S. Department of the Interior

 

 

 

 

 

 

_________________________________            JUN 27 1994

JACK WARD THOMAS                             Date

Chief, Forest Service

U.S. Department of Agriculture

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

____________________________________        ____________

ROGER G. KENNEDY                            Date

Director, National Park Service

U.S. Department of the Interior

 

 

 

 

 

 

____________________________________        Apr 25 1994

MOLLIE BEATTIE                              Date

Director, Fish and Wildlife Service

U.S. Department of the Interior

 

 

 

 

 

 

_____________________________________       May 3, 1994

DANIEL BEARD                                Date

Commissioner, Bureau of Reclamation

U.S. Department of the Interior

 

 

 

 

 

 

_____________________________________       May 10, 1994

ADA DEER                                    Date

Assistant Secretary, Indian Affairs

U.S. Department of the Interior

 

 

 

 

 

_____________________________________       April 22, 1994

F. EUGENE HESTER                            Date

Deputy Director, National Biological

  Survey

U.S. Department of the Interior

 

 

 

 

_____________________________________        8 / 4 / 94

LONNIE J. KING                               Date

Actinq Administrator, Animal and

   Plant Health Inspection Service

U.S. Department of Agriculture

 

 

 

 

 

_____________________________________       JUN 21 1994

E. E. FINNEY, Jr.                           Date

Acting Administrator, Agricultural

  Research Service

U.S. Department of Agriculture

 

 

 

 

 

_______________________________________     13 JUL 1994

LEODREY WILLIAMS                            Date

Acting Administrator, Extension Service

U.S. Department of Agriculture

 

 

 

 

 

_________ Acting for ____________________     JUL 22 1994

PAUL W. JOHNSON                             Date

Chief, Soil Conservation Service

U.S. Department of Agriculture

 

 

 

 

 

_______________________________________     7 / 11 / 94

LON HATAMIYA                                Date

Administrator, Agricultural Marketing

  Service

U.S. Department of Agriculture

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

______________________________________      JUL 1 94

GRANT BUNTROCK                              Date

Administrator, Agricultural Stabilization and

  Conservation Service

U.S. Department of Agriculture

 

 

 

 

 

 

______________________________________      5 / 31 / 94

SHERRI W. GOODMAN                           Date

Deputy Under Secretary of Defense

(Environmental Security)

U.S. Department of Defense

 

 

 

 

 

 

______________________________________      8 / 22 / 94

RODNEY E. SLATER                             Date

Administrator, Federal Highway

  Administration

U.S. Department of Transportation

 

 

 

 

 

 

______________________________________      9 / 24 / 94

TARA O'TOOLE                                Date

Assistant Secretary

Environment Safety and Health

U.S. Department of Energy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

_______________________________________      19 July 1994

JOHN PATRICK JORDAN                          Date

Administrator, Cooperative State

  Research Service

Department of Agriculture