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Manager's Tool Kit

Our Manager's Tool Kit section provides management information for invasive species professionals working to monitor, control, prevent, and increase awareness for invasive species issues. See our Spotlights for section highlights.

Use our Manager's Tool Kit Custom Search Engine to search for invasive species information included in this section of NISIC's site:


Contains invasive species management plans, control mechanisms, decision support tools, and policy development tools.

Early Detection and Rapid Response

Describes detection methods for invasive species and coordinated responses to these threats.

Education for Professionals

Explores opportunities related to continuing education for invasive species management professionals. Includes educational materials and coursework information.

Expertise Databases

Provides a list of resources that contain contact information for experts in various disciplines related to invasive species.

Grants and Funding

Contains grant and funding information, requests for proposals, and other funding sources for invasive species management.


Describes research, methodology, and results from the monitoring of current invasive species problems.

Outreach Tools

Provides links for resources created to assist in increasing awareness of invasive species issues.


Contains information on the prevention of invasive species.

Research Projects

Describes current and past research done on invasive species, biodiversity, biological control, and integrated pest management.


Covers the restoration of habitats, ecosystems, and biodiversity.

Vectors and Pathways

Discusses the movement of invasive species, including both natural and man-made pathways.

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Bioinvasions in a Changing World: A Resource on Invasive Species-Climate Change Interactions for Conservation and Natural Resource Management
Prepared for: The Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force (ANSTF) and The National Invasive Species Council (NISC)
Prepared by: The Ad Hoc Working Group on Invasive Species and Climate Change
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Grant and Partnership Programs that Can Address Invasive Species Research, Technical Assistance, Prevention and Control - Federal Fiscal Year 2015
USDA. NAL. National Invasive Species Information Center.
This workbook updated for 2015 contains basic information on programs in USDA that could be used to fund and support invasive species related projects.
IPM3 -- Integrated Pest Management Education
University of Minnesota. College of Continuing Education.
IPM3 is a consortium of federal agencies and land-grant institutions dedicated to the efficient and timely delivery of practical integrated pest information to individuals responsible for developing and implementing Integrated Pest Management (IPM). IPM3 provides a Web-based, distance delivery opportunity for people interested in IPM to become proficient in the principles and application of IPM. Increasing the quality and consistency of IPM training among Federal agencies and their adoption of an IPM approach for invasive species management will certainly help minimize harm to the environment, to human health, and to wildlife.
iMapInvasivesiMapInvasives: Geotracking invasive exotic species
Nature Conservancy.
iMapInvasives is a tool to serve the needs of land managers, regional planners and others working to prevent, control or manage invasive species. A consortium was formed to develop, support and maintain an on-line, GIS-based, all-taxa invasive species mapping tool. A particular emphasis is placed on functionality designed to aid in Early Detection/Rapid Response (EDRR) efforts.
Healthy Habitats Coalition
North American Weed Management Association.
Healthy Habitats Coalition (HHC) is a collective group, working to enhance invasive species control (all taxa) with various partners. The goal of the HHC is to secure federal funding and enact legislation to protect the nation's land and waters from the harmful economic and environmental impacts of invasive species. HHC includes non-governmental organizations, industry, academia, state and county agencies, and invasive species managers striving to:

• reduce economic and environmental harm caused by invasive species;

• advocate structural and budgetary change within the federal government to achieve long-term prevention and management of invasive species;

• coordinate invasive species management efforts across federal, state, and local organizations

As a supporting point, the Western Governors have recently passed a new Policy Resolution 10-4"Combating Invasive Species" (PDF | 23 KB) that focuses on the regional issue, provides supportive policy and has outlined certain directives.

Board Meeting RoomRapid Response Plan for Aquatic Invasive Species
Maryland Sea Grant College Program.
The Rapid Response Planning for Aquatic Invasive Species: A Maryland Example (Jan 2009; PDF | 11.5 MB) serves as a tool for states in the Mid-Atlantic region and beyond to use in developing their own Rapid Response Plans. A template version allows agencies to tailor the plan to address their specific needs. This example document is a result of the state of Maryland's use of the template. The Mid-Atlantic Panel encourages states in the Mid-Atlantic and elsewhere to download the template to customize your State's rapid response and also provides an Aquatic Invasive Species Sighting Report (PDF | 74 KB) form for use in your agency.
Roadside revegetationRoadside Revegetation Portal - An Integrated Approach to Establishing Native Plants
DOT. Federal Highway Administration.
This site contains three integrated and interlinked modules dedicated to explaining the art and science of roadside revegetation. The Roadside Revegetation online portal was prepared for the Coordinated Technology Implementation Program (CTIP).
USDA, Forest Service logoEastern Forest Environmental Threat Assessment Center (EFETAC) and Forest Threat Summary Viewer
USDA. Forest Service.
The mission of the Eastern Forest Environmental Threat Assessment Center is to generate, integrate, and apply knowledge to predict, detect, and assess environmental threats to public and private forests of the east, and to deliver this knowledge to managers in ways that are timely, useful, and user friendly.
National Wildlife Refuge System logoManaging Invasive Plants: Concepts, Principles, and Practices
DOI. FWS. National Wildlife Refuge System.
Provides an overview of invasive plant management and planning supported by case studies, quizzes, scientific literature, and web-based resources valuable to natural resource professionals.
Oxygen weed - Invasive.orgSpecies Not Established in the U.S.
USDA. NAL. National Invasive Species Information Center.
This section provides examples of why we must increase our efforts in early detection and rapid response and prevention of new introductions.
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