Date of Award
Master of Public Policy and Management (PPM)
Public Policy and Management
Currently the state of invasive species management in Maine seems to be very siloed with little interagency or organizational coordination or prioritization. To assess the current situation, a survey was created and sent to approximately 600 recipients (Appendix 1). Recipients included representatives from state, federal, non-profit and private organizations that are known actors in the invasive species community in Maine. The survey was also posted on the Maine Invasive Species Network listserv.12 There were 197 respondents which provides a significant but incomplete sample of the management efforts currently taking place in Maine. Respondents represented all potential affiliations involved in invasive species management (Figure 3). These respondents indicated they were concerned about all regions in Maine (Figure 4). The greatest concern is predictably for the most developed regions with over half concerned about Cumberland and York Counties (53%) and the least concern for Aroostook County (18%) (Figure 4). Additionally, respondents listed management of or concerns about species in all the major taxa groups in terrestrial, freshwater, and marine environments
Fish, Gary, "Should Maine Develop a More Comprehensive Approach to Invasive Species Management" (2022). Muskie School Capstones and Dissertations. 181.