State Councils

State invasive species councils are partnerships of agencies and organizations that agree to cooperatively manage invasive species statewide.

Invasive species councils vary from state to state. Many state councils function under the authority of a state statute, executive order, or Memorandum of Understanding. In some cases, councils comprise government agency leaders who obtain feedback and advice from an advisory council representing natural resource, economic, and health issues in the state.

Three characteristics of a state invasive species council:

  • Statewide scope
  • Multi-agency representation
  • Aquatic and terrestrial multi-taxa interest

NOTE: Many states have multi-agency organizations that focus on managing a particular group of species - for example, noxious weeds or aquatic nuisance species. Contact information for those groups can be found here.