Mapping and Reporting Invasive Plant Locations
EDDMapS or Early Detection and Distribution Mapping System is a web-based mapping system for documenting invasive species distribution. It is fast and easy to use. Launched in 2005 by the Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health at the University of Georgia, it was originally designed as a tool for state Exotic Pest Plant Councils to develop more complete distribution data of invasive species.
EDDMapS goal is to maximize the effectiveness and accessibility of the immense numbers of invasive species observations recorded each year. As of April 2015, EDDMapS has over 2.6 million records.
EDDMapS combines data from other databases and organizations as well as 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 become the foundation for a better understanding of invasive species distribution around the world. To create your own account and start contributing to this important data set click on the following link.
EDDMapS has corresponding mobile phone apps for different regions of the county. Here in New England we use IPANE or Outsmart. By using this app you can report invasives on a smart phone or tablet while in the field and upload to EDDMaps. You can always edit your reports on a desktop back in the office or at home by logging in to your EDDMapS account. Click on the following link to download the regional app.