Invasive species pose a serious environmental threat to this country and countries all around the world. Global commerce essential to the economic well being of the citizens of the world provides important pathways whereby invasive species may move from their natural habitats to new locations where the conditions of the ecosystem may enable the invasive species to grow and multiply to the extent that native species are lost and severe economic loss, environmental harm, and harm to human health may occur. Executive Order 13112 signed by President Clinton on February 3, 1999 establishes a rational process to mobilize and coordinate the activities of the federal government in order to mount an effective and cost efficient set of programs and activities to mitigate the threats posed by invasive species. This paper describes the nature of the threats posed by invasive species and presents the major elements of Executive Order 13112. Observations are provided regarding both the nature of the multiple threats from invasive species and the potential of the provisions of Executive Order 13112 to meet these threats.
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Proceedings from the 26th Annual Water Resources Planning and Management Conference - Preparing for the 21st Century
J.W. Bulkley. 1999. Executive Order 13112 Invasive Species. Proceedings from the 26th Annual Water Resources Planning and Management Conference - Preparing for the 21st Century, American Society of Civil Engineers. Arizona: Tempe.