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Federal Interagency Committee for the Management of Noxious and Exotic Weeds

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The Federal Interagency Committee for the Management of Noxious and Exotic weeds (FICMNEW) represents an unprecedented formal partnership between 18 federal agencies with direct invasive plant management and regulatory responsibilities spanning across the United States and territories. FICMNEW was established through a Memorandum of Understanding signed by agency leadership in 1994 and 1997. It is currently co-chaired by DOI-BLM (Seth Flanigan) and USDA-NRCS (Chris Taliga). See a printable flyer and learn more about FICMNEW [PDF, 468 KB].

During quarterly open meetings, FICMNEW members interact on important national and regional invasive plant issues and share information with various public and private organizations participating with the federal sector to address invasive plant issues.

FICMNEW's charter directs the committee to coordinate, through the respective Secretaries, Assistant Secretaries, and Agency heads, information regarding the identification and extent of invasive plants in the U.S. and to coordinate federal agency management of these species. FICMNEW accomplishes these portions of its charter by developing and sharing scientific and technical information, fostering collaborative efforts among federal agencies, providing recommendations for national and regional level management of invasive plants, and sponsoring technical/educational conferences and workshops concerning invasive plants.

FICMNEW continues to bridge the gap between federal agency invasive plant management and science activities and has been a driving force behind the national emphasis against the broader invasive species threat.

Next Open Meeting: April 25, 2024, 1:00 pm EST/11:00 am MDT

  • Topic: “USDA collaboration with CABI (Centre for Agriculture and Bioscience International) on invasive species: two decades of work” presented by Hilda Diaz-Soltero, APHIS Climate Change Lead
  • Meeting location and call-in information: The meeting will be held virtually. Call in instructions will be sent via email. Please email Seth Flanigan (sflanigan[at] if you are not on our electronic list and would like to receive a meeting invitation.

Save the Date! FICMNEW will host the North American Invasive Species Forum May 12-16, 2025 in Washington, DC. 

2025 North American Invasive Species Forum - Save the Date