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ANS Task Force Strategic Plan Goals (2020-2025)

Goal 1:

Coordination: The ANS Task Force was created to facilitate cooperation and coordinate efforts between Federal, State, tribes, and local agencies, the private sector, and other North American interests. This goal focuses on maximizing the organizational effectiveness of the ANS Task Force by establishing effective processes that create opportunities for members and participants to work collaboratively across agency and organizational lines. The objectives under the Coordination Goal include strengthening cooperation at national, regional, state, and community levels and establishing processes to prioritize and address ANS management needs.

Goal 2:

Prevention: Preventing harmful introductions before they occur is the most effective means to avoid the risk of ANS. Long-term success in prevention will reduce the rate of introductions, the rate of establishment, and avoid many of the long-term economic, environmental, and social costs associated with ANS. The Prevention Goal focuses on efforts to evaluate and refine risk analysis procedures, conduct pathway assessments, and expand implementation of regulatory and non-regulatory approaches to interdict ANS.

Goal 3:

Early Detection and Rapid Response: When prevention measures fail, it is essential to detect new invasions and respond quickly to keep the species from becoming established and spreading. By slowing the range expansion of ANS, Early Detection and Rapid Response avoids the need for costly long-term control efforts. Objectives under the Early Detection and Rapid Response Goal include evaluating existing monitoring programs, determining needs for additional early detection monitoring, prioritizing potential ANS threats and management needs, and building capacity to respond rapidly to newly detected species.

Goal 4:

Control and Restoration: In those cases where ANS populations are abundant and widespread, implementing management actions to minimize their impacts and long-term costs may be needed. Habitat restoration is also important to guard against future invasions and to minimize harm from ANS. The objectives under the Control and Restoration Goal include evaluation and support for ANS control and management plans, development of innovative control and restoration techniques, and mitigation of ANS impacts that may result from restoration activities.

Goal 5:

Research: Information and research can quantify and clarify the effects that ANS are having on native species and habitats, socio-economics, and human health. Research supports all facets of this Strategic Plan and is necessary to increase the effectiveness of prevention and management of ANS. To ensure that ANS research addresses critical needs, the objectives under the Research Goal focus on prioritizing research needs at regional and national levels and working to ensure research priorities are funded.

Goal 6:

Outreach and Education: One of the largest management obstacles facing managers can be the lack of understanding by the public in regards to the wide-ranging impacts of ANS and actions that should be taken to prevent their introduction and spread.  Educating people about ANS threats, the importance of their actions, influencing motivations and removing barriers to actions will help to achieve and sustain the goals outlined in this plan. Accordingly, objectives under the Outreach and Education Goal focus on assessing the efficacy of existing outreach campaigns and programs and developing more effective messages to influence targeted at-risk audiences. 

Full Text of the Strategic Plan is available as a PDF document below.
PDF Icon Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force Strategic Plan (2020-2025)

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