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Native American IPM/Invasive Species Management Working Group

Led by John Phillips, American Indian Higher Education Consortium, jphillips@aihec.org

The Native American Integrated Pest Management/Invasive Species Management (IPM/ISM) working group helps to address the significant needs for IPM/ISM strategies on American Indians lands by developing a comprehensive and coordinated multi-institutional strategic plan. American Indian tribal lands support diverse ecosystems where pest and invasive species management issues are varied and wide-ranging. IPM is linked closely with ISM as it has been proven successful in managing invasive (or noxious) species infestations. The impact of pest/invasive species infestations hits especially hard on Native American populations. The reduction in native plants means the loss of medicinal plants, cultural materials, and indigenous knowledge which are used in traditional and cultural practices. Indian country has greater vulnerability to pest/invasive species infestations, and less resources with which to respond effectively. As important as tribal IPM/ISM issues are, there is a lack of a comprehensive and coordinated approach to addressing them. Jurisdictional issues unique to tribes make managing environmental issues more complex. The objectives of the working group are to: 1) create and manage the working group; and 2) develop a Tribal IPM/ISM Strategic Plan.

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