While the specific roles of external APHIS partner groups vary from project to project and evolve over time, within APHIS there are five units that are involved in implementing feral swine damage management activities.
Wildlife Services: Wildlife Services (WS) is the lead organization within APHIS to manage the wide array of wildlife damage issues that impact agriculture (plant and animal), natural resources, property, and human health and safety. WS personnel have extensive experience working with feral swine, including control practices, research to develop damage mitigation measures, and monitoring techniques to assess disease risk.
Veterinary Services: Veterinary Services (VS) is the lead unit within APHIS to manage the myriad of issues related to the health of domestic animals across the United States. VS personnel have extensive experience in mitigating animal health risks and documenting swine disease information for health protection and trade of livestock.
International Services: International Services (IS) is the international arm of APHIS. Their experience and capacity to address cross border issues related to foreign animal disease threats to domestic animals is essential in working with Canada and Mexico on the integration and education of feral swine damage mitigation management actions in the representative countries.
Legislative and Public Affairs: Legislative and Public Affairs (LPA) is the primary APHIS unit responsible for outreach and communication regarding feral swine damage management issues. They have extensive experience developing effective communications and outreach materials for a large number of partner and stakeholder groups, along with members of the general public.
Policy and Program Development: Policy and Program Development (PPD) is the lead unit in drafting the budget documents that accompany this plan as it moves forward. PPD personnel also have expertise in strategic planning, National Environmental Policy Act analysis, regulatory policy, and general performance monitoring of the broad strategic goals and milestones for the APHIS National Feral Swine Damage Management Program.