Collaboration is how we (try to) get things done in invasive species management:
- avoid gaps–no stragglers slipping between efforts
- avoid overlaps–no wasted effort and resources
- minimize confusion–no chasing around to get answers
- improve funding options–granting entities prefer to see efficient, combined projects
Given the different treatment agencies and their individual mandates, collaborating is an active process. Even activities that have been happening for years still require regular check-ins, to be sure old assumptions are still good assumptions.