National Invasive Species Council Law and Legal Definition

The National Invasive Species Council (NISC) is an interdepartmental council that was established in 1999 pursuant to the Executive Order 13112. The NISC helps in coordinating and ensuring complementary, cost-efficient, and effective federal activities regarding invasive species. This agency works with other federal and non-federal groups to address invasive species issues at the national level.

NISC members include the Secretaries of State, Defense, Homeland Security, Treasury, Transportation, Health and Human Services, the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), as well as the Administrators of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and U.S. Agency for International Development. The NISC is co-chaired by the Secretaries of the Interior, Agriculture, and Commerce.

NISC duties, as outlined in EO 13112 include:

Overseeing implementation of EO 13112.

Encouraging planning and action at local, tribal, state, regional, and ecosystem based level to achieve strategic goals

Helping in developing a coordinated network among federal agencies to document, evaluate, and monitor invasive species impacts

Developing recommendations for international cooperation

Working with the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) to develop guidance to federal agencies pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)

Preparing and issuing a National Invasive Species Management Plan

To discharge its duties, each NISC member is assigned specific roles and responsibilities.