US Forest Service unveils new approach to invasive species

The U.S. Forest Service released its first national-level direction on the management of invasive species across aquatic and terrestrial areas of the national forest system. While the Forest Service has long had an invasive species program, this new policy adds requirements for agency-wide integration of invasive species prevention, early detection, rapid response, control, restoration and collaborative activities across all national forest system lands.
“Invasive species cost the American public an estimated $138 billion each year,” said Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell. “They deplete water supplies, destroy recreation opportunities and damage landscapes across the country.”
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