Conservation Training

Collaboration and Innovation: Working at Multiple Scales at the Department of the Interior to Manage Invasive Species

March 20, 2024

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Location: Webinar

The Department of the Interior plays a central role in how the United States stewards its public lands. Interior manages one-fifth of the country’s land area, thousands of miles of coastline, hundreds of dams and reservoirs, and 1.76 billion acres of the Outer Continental Shelf. It also upholds the federal government’s trust responsibilities to 574 Federally recognized tribes and honors its special commitments to Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and affiliated Island Communities. Additionally, Interior supplies water to tens of millions of people; provides diverse recreational opportunities; protects the icons of the country’s national heritage; conserves fish, wildlife, and their habitats; and provides scientific and other information about these resources. Invasive species pose substantial threats to fulfilling these diverse responsibilities. To reduce those threats, Interior leads extensive efforts to manage invasive species, working closely with other federal agencies, states, tribes, territories, and other partners. This panel session will involve experts from across Interior who will feature signature Departmental invasive species initiatives underway, provide an overview of Interior bureau missions, roles, and responsibilities as it pertains to invasive species management, and highlight on-the-ground projects underway across the nation.