Citizen scientists and natural resources managers use online GIS-based programs to:
• map and record the impacts of the invader
• assess the impact of the species
• track their treatment methods
There are several online options, depending:
• user: citizen volunteer or professional land manager
• invader: plant or animal
Mapping Tools in use in Oregon
provides an easy way for the public to report suspected invasive species sightings, either by phone or a web reporting tool Reports are sent to a network of experts in Oregon who can help identify the species and give advice on its management.
Developed by the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA). A collection of spatial information on the distribution of noxious weeds listed by ODA. It is designed to help facilitate weed identification, reporting, and verification.
USGS’s Non-Indigenous Aquatic Species
The Oregon Invasive Species Council and iMap Invasives
The Oregon Invasives Species brought iMap Invasives to Oregon in 2011 and continues to endorse this program because it:
• Tracks a variety of plants and animals
• Allows for recording of observation and management data
• Provides various levels of access to protect sensitive information
• Incorporates data from WeedMapper, the Hotline, USGS NAS, and others so that users can access much of Oregon’s invasive information at a single site.
Lindsey Wise with the Oregon Biodiversity Information Center at Portland State University manages the site and coordinates data upload, account creation, training materials, data sharing, and working with the national iMapInvasives team.
Council Member Vern Holm serves as a liaison so that a coordinated effort between iMapInvasives and the agencies and organizations represented by the Council is sustained. Contact Vern if you have:
• Questions about iMapInvasives
• Donations to support this work
• An interest in contributing data