Forest Service Publishes Nationwide Invasive Species Policy in December 2011

On December 5, 2011, the U.S. Forest Service published in the Federal Register its first-ever nationwide policy for managing invasive non-native species on aquatic and terrestrial areas managed by the agency.  According to the Forest Service’s news release, the policy includes “requirements for agency-wide integration of invasive species prevention, early detection and rapid response, control, restoration, and collaborative activities across all National Forest System lands.”  The new policy will be incorporated into the Forest Service Manual as a new title, FSM 2900—Invasive Species Management.  A PDF of the Federal Register notice of the new policy is available at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-12-05/pdf/2011-31090.pdf.

Source: US Forest Service Takes Action to Confront the Threat of Invasive Species, U.S. Forest Service News Release, 12/5/11

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