Objectives identified by the Invasive Species Leadership Team
Two initial objectives identified by the ISLT are: (1) to establish a network for the exchange and sharing of information on invasive species challenges, action being taken by others, lessons learned and best management practices, and (2) to develop and provide strategic recommendations on a range of invasive species issues to USACE leadership. These objectives have been developed to address the following concerns:
- Lack of policy, strategic guidance, and coordinated management effort
- Lack of methodology to document existing and new invasive species problems
- Lack of regionally or nationally accessible information
- Lack of systematic coordination and participation with the efforts of others at local, regional and national levels
- Lack of clarity with regard to how invasive species considerations should be incorporated in the issuance of Corps regulatory permits
Invasive Species Leadership Team
The Invasive Species Leadership Team is an 18 member team that consists of one representative from each Division office and a representative from one of the District offices within each Division. USACE Headquarters proponents include representatives from Natural Resource Management and Navigation along with a technical proponent from the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC).
Responsibilities include providing recommendations to Headquarters staff on fulfilling agency duties under Executive Order 13112; providing strategic direction to research programs that address invasive species including the Aquatic Plant Control Research Program and the Aquatic Nuisance Species Research Program; representing the USACE on regional invasive species councils; developing and implementing cost effective strategies to address invasive species problems that affect USACE water resource management missions and coordinating team initiatives with the Environmental (and other relevant) Communities of Practice.
Strategic Vision – policy development for the strategic vision
The ISLT is currently developing a draft USACE Invasive Species Management Policy. The development of this policy is the initial step in developing national and regional strategic guidance for the management and where possible, prevention, of terrestrial and aquatic invasive species currently present on Corps owned and operated land and/or projects.