National Invasive Species Awareness Week

February 25 - March 3, 2019

Celebrating 20 Years of Policy, Innovation, and Progress 

PARTICIPATE IN EVENTS ACROSS THE NATION to raise awareness and identify solutions to invasive species issues at local, state, tribal, regional, international and national scales. Locate an invasive species event in your state or county. Plan your own event using the NISAW Toolkit – where and when it works for you!

Washington DC Events

Monday, February 25th

Invasive Species 101: What are invasive species? How did they get here? How have they affected ecosystems around the world? What is being done to mitigate risks?

Lunchtime Seminar on Capitol Hill: 12PM-  1PM
Cannon House Office Building Room 122


Tuesday, February 26th

“Fire and Water” Series Session I: A Discussion about Invasive Species and Wildfires

Lunchtime Seminar on Capitol Hill: 12PM - 1PM
Cannon House Office Building Room 421


Wednesday February 27th

“Fire and Water” Series Session II: A Discussion about Aquatic Invasive Species
Elizabeth Brown (Invasive Species Coordinator; Colorado Parks and Wildlife) 

Lunchtime Seminar on Capitol Hill: 12PM - 1PM


Federal Agency Fair:

Join over a dozen Federal and private agencies to learn about the amazing work being done in the invasive species community, including awards recognizing individuals promoting invasive species best practices, and remarks from House Invasive Species Caucus Co-Chairs. Food and wine will be served. It’s a night you won’t want to miss! 

Rayburn House Office Building Room 2043-4: 4:30PM - 7:30PM


Thursday February 28th

Resistance: A Discussion about the Innovative Solutions to Invasive Species Issues through Forest and Plant Science 
Enrico Bonello (Center for Applied Plant Sciences; Ohio State University)

Lunchtime Seminar on Capitol Hill: 12PM - 1PM


NA-IPC Webinars


Other Events

To Be Announced. 


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For More Information

Rick Otis

Reduce Risks from Invasive Species Coalition
202-289-2060 |

Lee Van Wychen, Ph.D.
National and Regional Weed Science Societies








Chuck Bargeron, Liz Moss, Sarah Jean Swain and Rebekah Wallace, UGA Bugwood, Coordinators, NISAW website and webinar technology

Alex Hosmar and Rick Otis, RRISC, overall coordination and assistance 

Lee van Wychen, WSSA, Coordinator, Capitol Hill arrangements


Steering Committee Organizations

  • Weed Science Society of America
  • Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission
  • NPS
  • DOI
  • USGS
  • UGA
  • Invasive Species Action Network
  • Nature Conservancy
  • North American Invasive Species Management Association
  • US Army Corps of Engineers
  • USDA Forest Service