Steering Committee

Steering Committee Organization

1. The Steering Committee is comprised of a chairperson, vice-chairperson, secretary, and general Steering Committee representatives. The Steering Committee elect its own chairperson, vice-chairperson, and secretary. Intervals of such appointments shall be at the discretion of the Steering Committee.

2. The Steering Committee consists of ten to twelve representatives of Principal Partner organizations including at most one member from each Principal Partner organization. The CISMA consists of more than twelve Principal Partners, therefore, Steering Committee members are elected by the entire membership for three year terms. Each Principal Partner and Supporting Partner will have one vote in Steering Committee elections. The Steering Committee can appoint up to three additional Steering Committee members from the Supporting Partners.

3. Steering Committee composition should include at least two representatives from each of the following stakeholder groups: federal agency, state agency, private non-profit, and municipality.

4.  The Steering Committee will meet at least four times each year. One-half (1/2) of Steering Committee members constitutes a quorum.

5. The Steering Committee will strive to operate by consensus with a commitment to cooperation across jurisdictional boundaries. When a vote on resolutions or other items becomes necessary, a 2/3 majority vote of those Steering Committee members present shall be required for passage. Votes can be taken at Steering Committee or general membership meetings, by conference call or by email.


Steering Committee Responsibilities

The Steering Committee shall:

1. Convene at least quarterly Steering Committee meetings and at least twice-annual general membership meetings at the call of the Chairperson.

2. Develop an Invasive Species Management Plan (ISMP) to establish strategic goals and objectives at the watershed scale and update the Plan periodically.

3. Based on the ISMP, develop, prioritize, and endorse cooperative invasive plant projects to be completed; and develop public relations, education, and training initiatives. Such projects shall be documented in a list of Annual Priority Actions (APAs). The APAs shall generally be drafted by March 1st of each year.

4. Encourage cooperative relationships and active participation among and between land owners and managers; federal, state, and local agencies; private landowners; and other interested entities to accomplish goals and objectives of the ISMP and APAs.

5. Share pertinent information, and keep communication open and frequent so all representatives are kept informed of issues that may affect working relationships. This includes the distribution of Steering Committee meeting minutes to the entire membership and sharing information on relevant efforts and accomplishments.

6. Maintain records of accomplishments and provide the Signatories of this Agreement an annual written report of project accomplishments by the end of each calendar year.

7. Actively seek cooperators, volunteers and alternate funding sources necessary to the management and success of the SUASCO CISMA.

8. Review and update Exhibits to this MOU.

9. Further define specific Steering Committee responsibilities in the approved ISMP and APAs, as appropriate.

10. Undertake such other activities as determined by the Steering Committee to be in the best interests of all of the Signatories and consistent with the purposes of this Agreement.