The Invasive Species Working Group (ISWG) was formed in 2001 to address the impacts of invasive species on U.S. military lands and waters. The WG is devoted to the management of natural ecosystems through the study and transfer of information relative to invasive plant and animal species. The Goals of the ISMG are to:
- Facilitate communication and information exchange among members of the National Military Fish & Wildlife Association (NMFWA) interested in Invasive plant and animal species.
- Enhance knowledge and technical capabilities of Department of Defense (DOD) natural resources professionals in the area of Invasive species management.
- Increase awareness and appreciation within DOD of Invasive species management issues, decision-making processes, and funding avenues.
- Provide regular communication among members of NMFWA interested in Invasive species management through e-mail discussions, meetings, symposia, workshops, newsletters, NMFWA annual meeting poster, specialty publications, and other means.
- Promote membership in NMFWA to DOD natural resources professionals interested in Invasive species management.
- Provide information and technical assistance to NMFWA members in the area of Invasive species management.
- Make recommendations to the NMFWA Board of Directors for specific actions by NMFWA in the area of Invasive species management.
- Develop draft technical reviews, position statements, and other materials in the area of Invasive species management for consideration by the NMFWA Board of Directors
- Provide information and technical assistance to government officials, journalists, educators, other organizations, and the general public in the area of Invasive species management.