National Strategic Framework for Invasive Species Management
This Forest Service National Strategic Framework for Invasive Species Management (Framework) prioritizes and guides the prevention, detection, and control of invasive insects, pathogens, plants, wildlife, and fish that threaten our Nation's terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. The Framework incorporates the Invasive Species Systems Approach (ISSA) (appendix B) developed by the Forest Service to respond to these threats over the next 5 to 10 years and supersedes the Invasive Species Strategy and Implementation Plan (2004). This Framework is intended to provide broad and consistent strategic direction across all Forest Service Deputy Areas and agency programs. The Forest Service developed the Framework in response to the USDA Office of the Inspector General audit (2010) and a review by the Forest Service's Washington Office invasive species program. This Framework describes how National and Regional Invasive Species Issue Teams (NISIT and RISITs, respectively) will coordinate activities within the Forest Service and with Federal, State, and local partners. National priorities will be reviewed at least once every 5 years and adjusted as needed. RISITs will assess and adjust their regional invasive species priorities for their respective ecosystems at least once every 5 years.