Federal Government's Response for Invasive Species
On February 3, 1999, Executive Order 13112 was signed by President William Clinton establishing the National Invasive Species Council (Council). The Council is an inter-Departmental body that helps to coordinate and ensure complementary, cost-effective Federal activities regarding invasive species. The overarching duty of the Council is to provide the high-level vision and leadership necessary to sustain and expand Federal efforts to safeguard interests of the U.S. by preventing, eradicating, and controlling invasive species, as well as restoring ecosystems and other assets impacted by invasive species.
Together with the Invasive Species Advisory Committee, stakeholders, concerned members of the public, and member departments, the Council formulated an action plan for the nation. The Council issued the first National Invasive Species Management Plan early in 2001 to provide an overall blueprint for Federal action. The Plan, last updated in 2016, recommends specific action items to improve coordination, prevention, control and management of invasive species by the Federal agency members of the Council.