GoalsThe goals of this project are to:
1. Provide outreach to, and facilitate communication among, stakeholders regarding biological invasions, coordinate the Nebraska Invasive Species Advisory Council, and assist with any additional legislation regarding invasive species as needed;
2. Develop management tools including an invasive species adaptive management plan, a risk analysis for high-risk invasive species in Nebraska, a multi-agency prevention protocol for preventing the spread of invasive species (terrestrial and aquatic), and identification of invasive species introduction pathways.
The Nebraska Invasive Species Program (NISP) continues to coordinate monthly meetings for the Nebraska Invasive Species Advisory Council, which is a formalized Council created by a law in 2012. This Council is comprised of 17 appointed members and a total of 25 regularly attending members that discusses topical invasive species issues, develops management plans and Early Detection-Rapid Response (EDRR) plans and informs the Nebraska Legislature of the status of invasive species in the state. EDRR efforts were expanded through identification courses council members provided their own staff and other groups as well as dissemination of the NISP’s invasive identification guides to the public. The public and resource agency staff reported sightings of invasive species on the NISP website and accessed information on the species. An adaptive management plan was updated by the Council in 2018 and provided to the Governor and legislative agricultural committee. The Council was instrumental in the passage of a law in 2015 creating an aquatic invasive species prevention program within the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. The Council submitted comments on a proposed transbasin diversion project in 2018. The council updated the Nebraska weed watch list to identify key species of concern for management efforts (available on the NISP website). The NISP coordinator serves on several regional panels on aquatic invasive species to coordinate outreach, management and prevention efforts across state lines. The NISP coordinator coordinated the watercraft inspection tablet system that was used by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission in 2019. Inspection results will be analyzed to plan future aquatic invasive species outreach and prevention efforts.