Position papers and other resources from the North American Invasive Species Management Association.
Resources on Government Relations in Invasive Species Management
Invasive species prevention and management is a non-partisan issue that impacts all Americans. Invasive species impact our way of life: agriculture, conservation, environmental protection, forestry, natural resources, outdoor recreation, tourism, water.
Management recommendations and key ways that invasive species alter the heritage of our precious natural parks, forests, grasslands, wetlands, rivers, lakes, and other areas, as well as threaten our economy and human health. Download here.
Situation and NAISMA position released May 20, 2020. Download here.
Legislative Committee Letters
NAISMA advocates across all governmental regulatory agencies for for increased capacity for invasive species programs, along with the development of standards and indicators to measure the impacts of invasive species. As of August 1, 2021, accomplishments throughout the 117th Congress include:
- NAISMA sent a letter to the Congressional Appropriations Committees leadership, staff, and the Caucus Co-Chairs recommending budget allocations for invasive species among federal agencies.
- NAISMA signed onto the Wyoming-led letter urging the BLM to permit the use of Indaziflam.
- NAISMA joined The Entomological Society of America in a letter supporting H.B. 1389: The Invasive Species Prevention and Forest Restoration Act
- NAISMA signed onto a letter with over 350 non-academic organizations, led by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, to support the request for $11.5 billion in agricultural research infrastructure. The letter was submitted to House and Senate Agriculture Committee leadership.
- NAISMA submitted a letter to APHIS in support of biocontrol of Chinese tallow trees. The letter was drafted by the Biocontrol Committee and approved by the Board of Directors.
- NAISMA is sending a letter urging the White House Council on Environmental Quality to promptly approve the Department of the Interior’s request for five categorical exclusions under the National Environmental Policy Act for invasive species control.
- NAISMA is submitting a letter in support of S.B. 626: Lacey Act Amendments of 2021.
- NAISMA signed onto a letter opposing the Protect America’s Children from Toxic Pesticides Act.
The Legislative Committee is responsible for being alert for and making the NAISMA Board of Directors and members aware of legislative issues pertaining to invasive species. This committee can construct responses to national and international invasive species policy issues as they arise, write position papers, and meet with other groups working on regional, national, or international policy issues that can have an impact on invasive species management.
- To coordinate and facilitate the implementation of National Invasive Species Awareness Week (NISAW) annually.
- Communicate to the membership about international issues through the NAISMA listserv, newsletter, and social media.
- Write position papers pertaining to relevant issues surrounding invasive species management. (i.e. position paper on Biocontrol for USDA APHIS).
- Facilitate member communication with elected officials to increase attention and concern among legislators for invasive species concerns.
- Hold a committee meeting at the annual conference to discuss legislative activities that impact invasive species issues.