As used in this section, “invasive species” means nonnative organisms that cause economic or environmental harm and are capable of spreading to new areas of the state. “Invasive species” does not include humans, domestic livestock or nonharmful exotic organisms.
The Invasive Species Council shall:
Create and maintain appropriate Internet sites, toll-free telephone numbers or other means of communication for statewide use in reporting sightings of invasive species.
Encourage the reporting of invasive species sightings by publicizing means of communication made available by the council under paragraph (a) of this subsection.
Forward reports of invasive species sightings to appropriate agencies.
Produce educational materials and press releases concerning invasive species.
Conduct educational meetings and conferences.
Develop a statewide plan for dealing with invasive species. The plan should include, but need not be limited to, a review of state authority to prevent the introduction of invasive species and to eradicate, contain or manage existing invasive species.
Solicit proposals and review applications for grants or loans to further projects providing education about invasive species.
Provide grants or loans to agencies, organizations or individuals for eradicating new invasions.
The council may:
Approve the expenditure of funds by the council, or any member thereof, for the production of educational materials or the presentation of educational materials.
Enter into contracts and other agreements with persons, the federal government, state governments and local governments or units of federal, state or local governments or with Indian tribes, on matters pertaining to invasive species.
Adopt rules or perform other acts the council considers reasonable for carrying out the powers, duties and functions of the council. [Formerly 561.685]