Our mission at the Alliance for the Great Lakes is to conserve and restore the world’s largest freshwater resource using policy, education and local efforts, ensuring a healthy Great Lakes and clean water for generations of people and wildlife. For more information please visit www.greatlakes.org.
Environmental Law Institute
ELI’s Invasive Species Project originated as part of the Institute’s larger State Biodiversity Program, a collaborative effort with state and local partners to formulate and implement statewide strategies for biodiversity protection and restoration. Through the Project, ELI has studied and disseminated best practices for combating invasive species throughout the nation. ELI has published numerous studies documenting and analyzing these state tools, as well as some of the federal authorities governing invasive species. These studies include: Halting the Invasion: State Tools for Invasive Species Management (2002); Invasive Species Control: A Comprehensive Model State Law (2004); Filling the Gaps: Ten Strategies to Strengthen Invasive Species Management in Florida (2004); and Making a List: Prevention Strategies for Invasive Plants in the Great Lakes States (2004). For more information, visit http://www2.eli.org/research/statebiodiversity.htm or contact Lisa Goldman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Great Lakes United
Great Lakes United is the only international coalition dedicated to preserving and restoring the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River ecosystem. Great Lakes United is made up of over 150 member organizations representing environmentalists, conservationists, hunters and anglers, labor unions, community groups, and citizens of the United States, Canada, and First Nations and Tribes.
Ocean-going ships ballast tank discharge is the predominant vector for invasions into the Great Lakes. One of the coalition’s top priorities is to stop this biological form of pollution. To this end, we have been involved in the development of effective and environmentally sound policies and strategies to prevent aquatic invasive species introduction and spread in the U.S. and Canada, and have served as the only environmental representative to the federally mandated Great Lakes Aquatic Nuisance Species Panel since 1996. For more information please contact Jennifer Nalbone at Great Lakes United: email@example.com.
Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition
More than 80 organizations representing millions of residents in the Great Lakes have joined a new coalition whose goal is to restore and protect the Great Lakes. Formed in 2005 with support from the Wege Foundation, Joyce Foundation, and others, the Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition reflects a growing public awareness about the urgent need to protect the Great Lakes. The Coalition seeks to secure a sustainable restoration plan and the billions of dollars of state and federal funding needed to implement it. Led by the National Wildlife Federation and the National Parks Conservation Association, the coalition seeks to clean up sewage and toxic sediments, to restore damaged habitat, to protect high quality habitat, and to control and prevent the introduction of invasive species, each of which is an essential component of restoring the health of the Great Lakes ecosystem.
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center is dedicated to protecting and preserving North America’s native plants and natural landscapes by educating people about the environmental necessity, economic value, and natural beauty of native plants. As an experienced educational organization, the Wildflower Center specializes in building partnerships between likeminded organizations and in the dissemination of information to the public. The Wildflower Center’s Pulling Together Initiative is a collaborative project between state and federal agencies, universities, and other stakeholders to provide information about identification and management of invasive plants, establish locations for invasive plant demonstration areas, and, through a statewide conference, facilitate information sharing about non-native invasive plants. For more information, visit www.texasinvasives.org or contact Damon Waitt at firstname.lastname@example.org.
National Wildlife Federation
With over four million members and supporters, the National Wildlife Federation is the nation’s largest member-supported conservation education and advocacy group. The National Wildlife federation unites people from all walks of life to protect nature, wildlife and the world we all share. The Federation has educated and inspired families to uphold America’s conservation tradition since 1936. The Federation, along with its affiliates, is working with Congress to pass legislation that will prevent new invasions of harmful species and stop the spread of invasive species already here. It is also educating our members about invasive species through our Backyard Wildlife Habitat, Wildlife University, and E-Nature programs.
Natural Areas Association
The Natural Areas Association’s mission is to advance the preservation of natural diversity. For over 30 years, the Association has worked to inform, unite, and support persons engaged in identifying, protecting, managing, and studying natural areas and biological diversity across landscapes and ecosystems. The Natural Areas Association (www.naturalarea.org) is an international, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to serving natural area professionals. NAA’s diverse membership—nearly 2000 strong—includes government and NGO land and resource managers, conservationists, biologists, ecologists, researchers, land trusts, educators, students, and others who care about conservation and management of natural areas.
NAA publishes the Natural Areas Journal, the leading voice in natural areas management and preservation, and the Natural Area News, the association’s newsletter. A recent issue of the Journal (July 2007) was a special Theme Issue: Invasive Plants in the Southeastern United States. In 2002, NAA released a Compendium of invasive species papers previously published in the Journal. A limited quantity of this CD is still available by request from Deb Kraus at email@example.com
NAA also hosts the Natural Areas Conference, an annual meeting of natural area practitioners, which includes a symposium or forum on invasives species each year. NAA has a MOA with the National Exotic Pest Plant Council (NA-EPPC) to work together on invasive plant issues. The 2008 Natural Areas Conference will be co-hosted by NAA and NA-EPPC, which will be the first national conference for NA-EPPC. At least half of the conference content will address invasive species science, policy, management, and other topics. For more information on the conference, or on how to become a member of NAA, visit: www.naturalarea.org.
Natural Resources Defense Council
The Natural Resources Defense Council’s purpose is to safeguard the Earth: its people, its plants and animals and the natural systems on which all life depends. We work to restore the integrity of the elements that sustain life — air, land and water — and to defend endangered natural places. We seek to establish sustainability and good stewardship of the Earth as central ethical imperatives of human society. NRDC affirms the integral place of human beings in the environment. We strive to protect nature in ways that advance the long-term welfare of present and future generations. We work to foster the fundamental right of all people to have a voice in decisions that affect their environment. We seek to break down the pattern of disproportionate environmental burdens borne by people of color and others who face social or economic inequities. Ultimately, NRDC strives to help create a new way of life for humankind, one that can be sustained indefinitely without fouling or depleting the resources that support all life on Earth.
The Nature Conservancy
The Nature Conservancy’s mission is to preserve the plants, animals, and natural communities that represent the diversity of life on Earth by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive. Since 1951, we have been working with communities, businesses, and the public to protect more than 117 million acres around the world.
The invasion of native ecosystems by harmful, non-native organisms—animals, weeds, insects, and pathogens – is widely regarded as a top threat to biological diversity worldwide and places the Conservancy’s mission and more than 50 years of conservation success in jeopardy.
Established in 2001, TNC’s Invasive Species Initiative aims to control the threat to biodiversity posed by invasive species through a combination of prevention, early detection, rapid response, eradication, restoration, and outreach. Our approach is built upon partnerships: on the ground with our staff and local partners; with academic research institutions; and with policymakers from the local to the international level.
For more information, write to invasivespecies_at_tnc.org or visit the Invasive Species Initiative’s practitioner’s website for photos, a weed control handbook, information about new plant, animal, insect, and disease invaders, success stories, and resources on how you can get involved.
The Wildlife Society was founded in 1937 and is a non-profit scientific and educational association of over 10,000 professional wildlife biologists and managers, dedicated to excellence in wildlife stewardship through science and education. Our mission is to represent and serve the professional community of scientists, managers, educators, technicians, planners, and others who work actively to study, manage, and conserve wildlife and its habitats worldwide. Learn more about The Wildlife Society at www.wildlife.org.