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The National Invasive Species
Council (Council) is an inter-Departmental council that helps
to coordinate and ensure complementary, cost-efficient and effective
Federal activities regarding invasive species. The Council was
established February 3, 1999 by Executive
members include three
co-chairs: the secretaries of the Agriculture, Commerce, Interior,
and the secretaries of State, Defense, Homeland Security, Treasury,
Transportation, Health and Human Services, as well as the Administrators
of the Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Agency for International
Development, the U.S Trade Representative, and the National Aeronautics
and Space Administration.
staff helps to support
all Council activities. The staff includes an Executive Director,
an Assistant Director for International Policy, Science, and
Cooperation and an Assistant Director for National Policy and
Programs. The co-chair Departments, Agriculture, Commerce and
Interior, also have liaisons to the Council staff.
In January 2001, the Council
released the National Invasive Species Management
Plan (Plan). The Council is now moving forward to set up
Task Teams and Subcommittees to implement the action items of
The Council actively works with
the Invasive Species Advisory Committee
(ISAC). The ISAC was established to advise the federal government
on the issue of invasive species and to act as representatives
of the many stakeholders. The ISAC members serve two-year terms.
For more information on the creation of the Council, please refer
to background on the Council.