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Invasive Species

An Invasive Species is defined as: a species that is 1) non-native (or alien) to the ecosystem under consideration and 2) whose introduction causes or is likely to cause economic or environmental harm or harm to human health.

Presidential Executive Order 13112 (February 1999)

This Executive Order also creates the National Invasive Species Council offsite link image    (NISC) to ensure that Federal programs and activities to prevent and control invasive species are coordinated, effective and efficient. NISC members are the Secretaries and Administrators of 13 federal departments and agencies to provide high-level coordination on invasive species and is co-chaired by the Secretaries of Commerce offsite link image   , Agriculture, and the Interior. offsite link image  

Presidential Executive Order 13751 - Safeguarding the Nation from the Impacts of Invasive Species (Dec. 5, 2016)

This order amends Executive Order 13112 and directs actions to continue coordinated Federal prevention and control efforts related to invasive species. This order maintains the National Invasive Species Council (Council) and the Invasive Species Advisory Committee; expands the membership of the Council; clarifies the operations of the Council; incorporates considerations of human and environmental health, climate change, technological innovation, and other emerging priorities into Federal efforts to address invasive species; and strengthens coordinated, cost-efficient Federal action.

Helpful Information

Iowa NRCS is addressing invasive species to better assist farmers, ranchers and landowners across the state.

Biosecurity Preparedness and Response

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