A Decision-making Guide for Invasive Species Program Managers

By Michael Buck et al
Washington, DC (May 1, 2011)- This guide was prepared by the Continental Dialogue on Non-Native Forest Insects & Diseases to assist senior level program managers and policy makers in establishing priorities and making choices for invasive species management programs.

While recognizing the critical and primary importance of prevention programs, the focus of the guide is the management of invasive species once they have arrived, which is an uncomfortable, but increasingly familiar role for many program managers and policy makers.
For managing invasive species, there is no status quo on which invasive species to prioritize. This guide was made to help invasive species program managers establish priorities about with invasive species to focus on and which management options to choose.
Some recommendations in the decision-making guide include:
* Management strategy and policy must engage the human dimension of the invasive species issue.
* Prevention is your best management option. An increased focus on point-of-origin inspections and compliance is needed to augment current efforts on stopping invasive species at our borders.
* Before committing to action, remember to factor in the long term costs involved with control or eradication activities
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* Establish your credibility early ? stick to the facts, communicating the best science available, and be completely honest. Provide policy makers with science – based information that forces them to consider your proposed action in terms of avoided costs versus the costs of no action at all.
* Pick species known or suspected to be invasive but still found in small numbers, those that can alter ecosystem processes, species that occur in areas of high conservation or economic value, and those that are likely to be controlled successfully.
The guide goes into detail and provides advantages and disadvantages on three management options, eradication, control and mitigation.
Related Resources:
A Decision-making Guide for Invasive Species Program Managers
Continental Dialogue on Non-Native Forest Insects & Diseases