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. The goal of this mapping system is to maximize the effectiveness and accessibility of the immense numbers of invasive species observations recorded each year. 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 lends itself to a better understanding of invasive species distribution around the world.
Join our project on iNaturalist! 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.
to go to our project!