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Invasive Species Defined in a Policy Context: Recommendations from the Federal Invasive Species Advisory Committee

  • K. George Beck (a1), Kenneth Zimmerman (a2), Jeffrey D. Schardt (a3), Jeffrey Stone (a4), Ronald R. Lukens (a5), Sarah Reichard (a6), John Randall (a7), Allegra A. Cangelosi (a8), Diane Cooper (a9) and John Peter Thompson (a10)...

Preamble: Executive Order (EO) 13112—defines an invasive species as “an alien species whose introduction does or is likely to cause economic or environmental harm or harm to human health.” In the Executive Summary of the National Invasive Species Management Plan (NISMP) the term invasive species is further clarified and defined as “a species that is non-native to the ecosystem under consideration and whose introduction causes or is likely to cause economic or environmental harm or harm to human health.” To provide guidance for the development and implementation of the NISMP, the National Invasive Species Council (NISC) and the Invasive Species Advisory Committee (ISAC) adopted a set of principles outlined in Appendix 6 of the NISMP. Guiding Principle #1 provides additional context for defining the term invasive species and states “many alien species are non-invasive and support human livelihoods or a preferred quality of life.

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