To assist with the task of surveying, mapping, and monitoring, the weed program uses a tool called Early Detection and Distribution Mapping Systems, or EDDMaps:
EDDMaps is a web-based mapping system for documenting invasive species distribution. EDDMaps combines data from databases, organizations, and volunteer observations, to create a national network of invasive species distribution data that is shared with educators, land managers, conservation biologists, and beyond. This data will lend itself to a better understanding of invasive species distribution around the world.
- Intermountain Herbarium Network(Utah State University)
Download the app and use your phone to take a photo and GPS point of any suspicious or noxious plants that you encounter in your neighborhood or on your hike. Your observations will go out to the online community, and other members will help identify what plants you saw. These observations alert us to new infestations, newly introduced species, and invasive plants that we have on our watch list.
Need help getting started? Download the instructions.