NAISMA committees provide vital input and guidance to ensure that our programs and priorities are in line with the needs of the invasive species management community. Read below to learn more about our active committees. We invite you to reach out to the committee chair listed below each committee if you are interested in learning more about, or joining, a particular committee. NAISMA committees are comprised of members of the Board of Directors, general members, and sustaining members of NAISMA.

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Legislative Committee

Description: This committee is responsible for being alert for, and making the NAISMA Board of Directors and members aware of legislative issues pertaining to invasive species. This committee can construct responses to national and international invasive species policy issues as they arise, write position papers, and meet with other groups working on regional, national, or international policy issues that can have an impact on invasive species management activities.

2018 Goals:
• Communicate to the membership about international issues through the NAISMA listserv, newsletter, and social media
• Write position papers pertaining to relevant issues surrounding invasive species management. (i.e. position paper on Biocontrol for USDA APHIS)
• Facilitate member communication with elected officials to increase attention and concern among legislators for invasive species concerns
• Hold a committee meeting at the annual conference to discuss legislative activities that impact invasive species issues.

Chair: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; Members: Rick Otis, Belle Bergner

 

Standards & Technology Committee

Description: This committee is responsible for working on Early Detection Rapid Response issues and programming in North America and providing NAISMA’s membership with education on new EDRR species; review, promote, and update the NAISMA Mapping Standards so that they continue to be relevant to current issues over time.

2018 Goals:
• Post EDRR Alerts through the listserv and social media
• Submit an EDRR article in each of NAISMA’s newsletters
• Maintain and regularly provide updates and information in the EDRR section of the NAISMA website
• Annual standards review
• Promote standards

Chair: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; Members: Kelly Cooley, Mark Daluge, Chris Evans

 

Marketing and Communications Committee

Description: This committee is responsible for maintaining and increasing the membership of NAISMA, as well as coordinating a unified invasive species message. Initiated at the Education Summit in Jackson, attendees agreed that we need to coordinate and seek marketing assistance. This committee can provide communications mechanisms to the membership and prospective members to provide feedback to the NAISMA Board in order for the organization to continue to serve and meet the needs of the membership.

2018 Goals:

• Improve membership structure and strategies for increased communications with membership
• Improve capacity of  invasive species management professionals to address current issues
• Increase membership at all levels of support
• Gain a truly North American membership
• Engage current membership
• Provide valuable services for members

Chair: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; Members: Kelly Cooley, Melissa Maggio-Kassner, David Coyle, David Moorhead, Mark Daluge

 

Biocontrol Committee

Description: The purpose of this committee is to coordinate county, state/provincial, and federal personnel toward establishing, maintaining, reviewing and updating biological control standards. This committee also communicates biocontrol information and research to the membership through NAISMA’s newsletters and the listserv.

2018 Goals:
• A 2018 Biocontrol Summit or update on various bio-control issues at the annual conference.
• Garner widespread support for overseas research and development for current and potential biological control agents.
• Provide a collective voice for on the ground biological control matters in North America.
• Be the central hub for collecting, discussing, and sharing on the ground successes, failures, observations, and resources in North America.
• Create a focus group to be involved with TAG (technical advisory group) for improving process.
• Updates in the NAISMA Newsletter on bio control agents and issues.

Chair: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; Members: Melissa Maggio-Kassner, Ron Moehring, Dave Bingham

 

Professional Development Committee

Description: The purposes of this committee are to organize, facilitate, and lead a functioning committee of NAISMA members whose purpose is to accomplish the professional improvement objectives set by the NAISMA Board of Directors. The committee will provide the membership with opportunities to identify gaps in professional development opportunities that NAISMA may be able to provide in order to further the NAISMA mission of promoting and empowering invasive species management in North America.
This committee is also responsible for the Certified Manager of Invasive Plants Committee and the tasks associated with that program which include: Development of the exam, coordinate and administer the NAISMA certification CMIP exam, approve the applications of those desiring to sit for the exam, grading the exam, notifying applicants if they have passed or must retake the exam, approving the continuing education of all certified managers, tracking the CEU’s for all passing the exam.

2018 Goals:
• Grow participation in the ISM Program
• Develop shorter courses to offer in addition to current, 14-week courses
• Review the CMIP program and update the program
• Hold educational webinars for NAISMA members
• Provide valuable services for membership
• Improve professional capacity of invasive species managers

Chair: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; Members: Melissa Maggio-Kassner, Kelly Cooley, Mark Daluge, Chris Evans

 

Weed Free Forage & Gravel Committee

Description: The purpose of this committee is to coordinate efforts of county, provincial, state, and federal agency personnel toward establishing, maintaining, reviewing and updating the North American weed free forage and gravel standards.

2018 Goals:
• Develop and launch an online training for WFF&G MOU holders and 
• Increase states adopting
• Update MOUs with all states and promote being NAISMA Members
• Streamline twine orders
• Continue to review forage and gravel pit standards as needed

Chair: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; Members: David Moorhead, Mark Daluge, Kelly Cooley, Todd Boller, Ron Moehring, Bill Gillespie, Sean Gebhart, Jake Dick, Dave Bingham

 

Annual Conference Committee

Description: This committee is responsible for the development and maintenance of a consistent NAISMA annual conference program and working with the host state to highlight their programs and invasive species management. The Awards sub-committee’s purpose is to recognize the contributions made by the NAISMA Board of Directors and other contributors to NAISMA. Duties include gathering nominations for the following awards and coordinating the logistics of the awards ceremony. 

2018 Goals:
Awards:
• Consideration of an award(s) recognition program for the membership
• Plan the agenda for the awards celebration at conference
• Develop criteria to explain each award to simplify the nominations process
• Develop write-ups for each award winner at the awards banquet

Conference Planning:
• Seek nominees from new states and provinces
• Finalize the conference planning document
• Assist in conference planning
• Seek conference sponsorship, vendors, and fundraising
• Develop a conference survey
• Promote conference and conference activities

Awards Descriptions (not all are given every year)
• Years of service
• Outgoing President
• Outstanding Board Member
• Outstanding Achievement
• Lifetime Achievement Award
• Appreciation Award
• Award of Excellence
• Distinguished Service Award
• Youth Outstanding Achievement Award
• Friend of NAISMA
• Outstanding Vegetation Management Award

Chair: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; Members: David Moorhead, David Coyle, Melissa Maggio-Kassner
Committee membership: At least one member from the Executive Committee and any other Board member or general members.

 

Governance Committee

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Description: The purpose of this committee is to ensure that all financial and organizational records are kept in accordance with NAISMA’s By-Laws and that all tax and incorporation records are kept current and correct. The purpose of this committee is to maintain NAISMA’s Constitution and By-Laws in conjunction with other committee members. The committee is responsible for bringing forward any proposed changes to the constitution and By-Laws to the membership at the Annual General Meeting, as well as ensuring that the proper notifications are sent out to facilitate any changes prior to the AGM. The Governance committee also advertises positions available on the NAISMA Board of Directors, creates annual nominations forms, evaluates any nominations received, accepts or rejects them according to the criteria for serving on the NAISMA Board of Directors, and run the election for the BoD and the AGM.

2018 Goals:
• Review By-Laws and Articles of Incorporation
• Bring forward any proposed changes or necessary updates to the NAISMA BOD

Chair: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; Members: Mark Daluge, Kelly Cooley, Chris Evans, Marsha Watland, Todd Boller
This committee is made of the Past President, President-Elect, Secretary / Treasurer, and at least one or more interested Board Members.

 

PlayCleanGo Committee

Description: PlayCleanGo is NAISMA's official invasive species awareness and outreach campaign. This committee will oversee the integration of the PlayCleanGo program into NAISMA. NAISMA has a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MN DNR) that outlines a four-phase process for the transfer of program management and ownership of PlayCleanGo.

 

2018 Goals:
• Secure PlayCleanGo Sponsors and paying Partners
• Identify grant opportunities and submit proposals
• Oversee the transfer of PlayCleanGo activities through the MOU process with MN DNR
• One or more members attend the Summer Outdoor Retailer Show to recruit sponsors and partners
• Coordinate a PlayCleanGo training / workshop / summit / event at the Annual meeting

Chair: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; Members: Erika Edmiston, Mark Daluge, Kelly Cooley