Committee for Noxious and Invasive Pests Management in Alaska
Our goal is to heighten awareness of the problems associated with non-native invasive pests and to bring about greater statewide coordination, cooperation and action to halt the introduction and spread of undesirable pests.
If action is taken Alaska may be able to avoid the negative economic and ecological impacts associated with invasive pests. The most cost-effective option for dealing with invasive pests involves detecting species as they are becoming established and responding rapidly to their presence. To achieve this, interested citizens and participating agencies must work collaboratively to eliminate the threat of invasive pest species in Alaska.
Invasive pests have many characteristics that allow them to dominate native ecosystems. They grow rapidly, mature early and are able to reproduce both sexually and vegetatively. These factors, along with many others, enable invasive pests to out-compete native and desirable species. Entire ecosystems can be altered as non-native pests take over. Non-native invasive pests have been found to:
- utilize large amounts of water and nutrients,
- alter soil and water nutrient availability, and
- increase fire frequency.
The negative impacts associated with invasive pests are not limited to terrestrial systems. Wetlands and waterways are particularly sensitive to invasion. Aquatic invasive plants can alter water pH, turbidity and light availability, thus damaging fish habitat and impeding fish migration. Aquatic invasive plants can also choke waterways, restricting recreational and transportation corridors.
This listserv provides updates on information regarding invasive plant issues statewide. The CNIPM group meets monthly via telephone conferencing; the call-in number for the monthly meeting is emailed to members of the listserv.
On June 15, 2000, groups were invited by the UAF Cooperative Extension Service to meet and look for solutions for controlling noxious and invasive plants in Interior Alaska. After sharing what had been done, the group agreed that an Interior statewide effort was needed and decided to establish the statewide Alaska Committee for Noxious and Invasive Plants Management (CNIPM). In 2017 CNIPM changed its name to Committee for Noxious and Invasive Pests Management to reflect the ongoing collaboration across taxa.
The purpose of CNIPM is to work for the statewide management of noxious and invasive pests in Alaska.
A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was developed to establish CNIPM and to secure agency and organizational support. Representatives of both private and public sectors have submitted letters of endorsement and MOU signatures. The list of signatories is quite broad. There is still opportunity to sign the MOU. Contact us for information on becoming a signatory or fill out the MOU signatory form and mail to the contact mailing address.