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Early Detection and Rapid Response

Provides general resources for detection methods for invasive species and coordinated responses to these threats. See other sections for species specific information:

Species not Established in the U.S.
This section provides examples of why we must increase our efforts in early detection and rapid response and to prevent new introductions.


Alien Species Early Detection and Warning System (Nov 2002; PDF | 69 KB)
DOC. NOAA. National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science.

Early Detection and Reporting of Invasive Species Workshop Summary (PDF | 493 KB)
Strange Days on Planet Earth Impact Team
Nov 29, 2004 - Dec 1, 2004

Early Detection Rapid Response
North American Invasive Species Management Association.

Early Detection Rapid Response (EDRR)
Texas State University System. Institute for the Study of Invasive Species.

Early Detection Surveys - Invasive Species
Cornell University. Environmental Inquiry.

Early Detection - National Management Plan
National Invasive Species Council.

Early Detection of Invasive Species: Surveillance, Monitoring, and Rapid Response: Eastern Rivers and Mountains Network and Northeast Temperate Network (May 2010; PDF | 1.5 MB)
DOI. NPS. Natural Resource Program Center.
Natural Resource Report NPS/ERMN/NRR–2010/196.

Early Warning System for Forest Health Threats in the United States (PDF | 1.07 MB)
USDA. Forest Service.

Eastern Forest Environmental Threat Assessment Center (EFETAC)
USDA. Forest Service.
The mission of the Eastern Forest Environmental Threat Assessment Center is to generate, integrate, and apply knowledge to predict, detect, and assess environmental threats to public and private forests of the east, and to deliver this knowledge to managers in ways that are timely, useful, and user friendly.

Global Monitoring for Disease Outbreaks - Videocast Presentation by Dr. James Wilson (Nov 29, 2007)
Georgetown University Medical Center. Imaging Science and Information Systems.
Global detection and tracking system for the early detection of biological events. Uses non-traditional data to detect outbreaks of human, animal and plant diseases.

iMapInvasives: Geotracking invasive exotic species
Nature Conservancy. iMapInvasives.
iMapInvasives is a tool to serve the needs of land managers, regional planners and others working to prevent, control or manage invasive species. A consortium was formed to develop, support and maintain an on-line, GIS-based, all-taxa invasive species mapping tool. A particular emphasis is placed on functionality designed to aid in Early Detection/Rapid Response (EDRR) efforts.

Invasive Alien Species - A Toolkit of Best Prevention and Management Practices (PDF | 1.62 MB)
CAB International; Global Invasive Species Programme.

Invasive Species Monitoring Approaches for Volunteer Programs (PowerPoint presentation) (PDF | 1.63 MB)
University of Wisconsin Extension.
15th Annual National Conference Enhancing States' Lake Management Programs (Apr 24-26, 2002), Chicago, Illinois, Elizabeth Herron

MetroInvasive - Globalization, Metropolitan Areas, Invasive Species
Collaborative project between Federal Agencies and Universities researchers. Provides a perspective that considers urban areas as hubs of human-mediated invasions in natural and managed ecosystems and provides resources to enhance our understanding of the role of international trade in the dissemination of invasive species. Contains maps of hot spots for human-mediated invasions where early detection strategies could be implemented.

Midwest Invasive Species Information Network (MISIN)
Michigan State University. Midwest Invasive Species Information Network.
The Midwest Invasive Species Information Network (MISIN) is a regional effort to develop and provide an early detection and rapid response (EDRR) resource for invasive species.

Neighborhood Watch: Early Detection and Rapid Response to Biological Invasion along US Trade Pathways (2009)
International Union for Conservation of Nature.
This report offers recommendations to improve biosecurity measures at U.S. ports, as well as a possible funding mechanism based upon the polluter-pays principle.

Review of Systems for Early Detection and Rapid Response (Jun 6, 2002; DOC | 846 KB)
USDA. NAL. National Invasive Species Information Center.
Jim Worrall, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Forest Health Protection
For the National Invasive Species Council

Strategies for Effective State Early Detection/Rapid Response Programs for Plant Pests and Pathogens (May 2007)
Environmental Law Institute.
Funding for this report was provided by a grant from The Nature Conservancy.

The Early Detectives: How to Use Volunteers Against Invasive Species, Case Studies of Volunteer Early Detection Programs in the U.S. (2003)
USDA. NAL. National Invasive Species Information Center.
The University of Richmond, Environmental Studies Program
Editors: Kyle Hegamyer, Stephen P. Nash, Peter D. Smallwood

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