Monitoring, Mapping and Risk Assessment and Management of Invasive Species in Nebraska
GoalsFunding was provided through a federal-aid grant from the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission to:
1. Provide outreach to and facilitate communication among stakeholders regarding biological invasions, coordinate the Nebraska Invasive Species 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 was formalized as a state council through legislation in April 2012. This Council is comprised of 17 appointed members and a total of 25 regularly attending members which 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. An adaptive management plan was written by the Council in 2015 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. EDRR efforts were expanded through identification courses council members provided their own staff and other groups. The council updated the Nebraska weed watch list to identify key species of concern for management efforts in 2017. Nebraska Invasive Species identification guides were updated and distributed to the public at outreach events to assist in identifying invasive species and report them via the program’s website in 2017. The council also assisted the NISP in development in several new brochures to target hunters and boaters to educate them on how to prevent the spread of invasive species and disseminated them statewide in 2017. The program coordinator served on regional boards and aquatic invasive species panels to coordinate invasive species prevention efforts, outreach events, and program management across state lines with surrounding states. The coordinator also developed the boater survey in 2017 with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and will analyze the 2017 data. This data will be used to plan aquatic invasive species outreach, prevention and spread efforts in 2018