Conservation Training

Advancing International Invasive Species Prevention Efforts and Developing a Model Legal Framework for Noxious Weed Programs

June 21, 2023

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Location: Webinar

NAISMA and our partners steward and implement international prevention programs, including PlayCleanGo®: Stop Invasive Species In Your Tracks® and Certified Weed Free Products (WFP). These well-established programs are aimed at stopping the spread of invasive species through specific human-assisted pathways. NAISMA was awarded a prevention grant from the US Fish and Wildlife Service, funded through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, to expand prevention programming and develop resources to overcome barriers to consistent program implementation across the nation.

PlayCleanGo®: Stop Invasive Species In Your Tracks® is NAISMA’s official, branded, registered, trademark-protected education and outreach program aimed at stopping the spread of invasive species through outdoor recreational pathways. This grant will provide 102 surface mounted boot brush stations with customized interpretive signage on the Department of the Interior properties.

The Certified Weed Free Products (WFP) Program is the only program in North America that provides land managers with assurance that noxious weeds will not be spread through the movement of forage, hay, mulch, or gravel. Through this grant, NAISMA will be developing numerous tools focused on the legal authority for noxious weed management, establishing strong relationships with governments and industries, and providing education and outreach for the public. In this webinar, NAISMA team will provide a brief overview of their prevention programs, along with the grant objectives and deliverables.

In addition, NAISMA has partnered with the National Sea Grant Law Center (NSGLC) to create a model legal framework for noxious weed programs focused on pathway prevention through certified weed free forage, gravel, and mulch. Experts from NSGLC will participate in the webinar to provide an overview of their approach and opportunities for collaboration.