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Natural Resources Partners

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U.S. Department of Agriculture
The US Department of Agriculture has numerous resources on invasive species that are of use to those working within the DoD.  An excellent starting point for information on many invasive species is the National Agricultural Library.  The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Plant Protection and Quarantine (APHIS PPQ) provides comprehensive information on the regulations regarding plants, insects and disease that have been determined to be harmful to US plants and animals.  The US Forest Service (USFS) has a large number of important publications and videos on invasive species. 
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Several agencies within the US Department of Interior are involved in invasive species and conservation issues. The National Park Service (NPS) has a unique strike team approach for dealing with invasive species, where teams visit individual park units to provide control measures and plans to aid the park managers. The US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has a number of programs, to include volunteer programs and training courses, at the National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, WV. The US Geological Survey (USGS) runs the invasive species node of the National Biological Information Informatics (NBII). 

Center for Invasive Species Management
The Center for Invasive Species Management (CISM), located at Montana State University, provides training classes in invasive species management with funding provided by the DoD Legacy program. CISM has a number of initiatives and is a member of the National Network of Invasive Plant Center. 
Nature Conservancy The Nature Conservancy
The DoD and The Nature Conservancy partner on many different projects and issues. Under the Legacy program, the Florida Chapter operates under a number of Cooperative Invasive Species Management Areas (CISMA). The latest project can be found on our website.
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The decline in many flowering native plant species coupled with the decline in native pollinators has caused concern about the potential impact on these rare and endangered plants.  The DoD works with the Xerces Society on education and training resources to protect and encourage development of habitats where native pollinator and plants can become sustainable.  
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The DoD collaborates with the Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health and its EDDMapS project in the hopes of using this tool to map and inventory invasive species.