Forest Service and NASA Release Web-based Forest
Disturbance Monitoring Tool (Mar
Southern Research Station.
The USDA Forest Service's Eastern Forest and Western
Wildland Environmental Threat Assessment Centers
recently unveiled a product that helps natural resource
managers rapidly detect, identify, and respond to
unexpected changes in the nation's forests by using
web-based tools. ForWarn, a satellite-based monitoring
and assessment tool, recognizes and tracks potential
forest disturbances caused by insects, diseases,
wildfires, extreme weather, or other natural or human-caused
events. The tool complements and focuses efforts
of existing forest monitoring programs and potentially
results in time and cost savings.
Quarantine Inspection Monitoring (AQIM) Handbook (PDF
| 1.6 MB)
USDA. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
- Citizen Science
Colorado Sate University.
An invasive species mapping program that allows citizens, school groups, and
professionals to enter invasive species observations into a global database.
Provides the training and tools to allow anyone to participate in research on
species distributions. For starters, we are focusing on engaging citizen scientists
to help map invasive species.
Note: Funded by by National Science Foundation (NSF); joint effort with the U.S. Geological
Survey and under the supervision of the National
Institute of Invasive Species Science.
Discover Life helps you to identify things, share ways to teach and study nature's wonders, use maps, report your findings, and contribute to and learn from the Web's growing encyclopedia of life. This illustrated, non-technical guide provides data reporting tools that allow users to accurately locate their collection site using detailed maps. Includes Invasive Species and IDnature Guides: North American Invasives and Web-based guides for monitoring and identification of exotic species: Ticks of the U.S.
Detection of Invasive Species: Surveillance, Monitoring,
and Rapid Response: Eastern Rivers and Mountains Network
and Northeast Temperate Network (May 2010; PDF | 1.5
Natural Resource Program Center.
Natural Resource Report NPS/ERMN/NRR–2010/196.
- Satellite-Based Change Recognition and Tracking /
Press Release - USDA Forest
Service and NASA Release
Web-based Forest Disturbance Monitoring Tool (Mar
Forwarn.org; Cooperative effort among federal
and university partners.
ForWarn is a satellite-based forest disturbance
monitoring system for the conterminous United States.
It delivers new forest change products every eight days
and provides tools for attributing abnormalities to insects,
disease, wildfire, storms, human development or unusual
weather. Archived data provide disturbance tracking across
all lands since 2000.
Alien Species - A Toolkit of Best Prevention and Management
Practices (2001; PDF | 1.62 MB)
CAB International; Global Invasive Species Programme.
Invasive Species Monitoring Approaches for Volunteer Programs (PDF | 1.63 MB)
University of Wisconsin Extension.
15th Annual National Conference Enhancing States' Lake Management Programs (Apr 24 -26, 2002), Chicago, Illinois, Elizabth Herron
Invasive Species Survey: A Report on the Invasion of the National Wildlife Refuge System (May 2004; PDF | 4.25 MB) and Survey Results
DOI. FWS. National Wildlife Refuge System. Invasive Species Survey Information.
Forest Health Protection Mapping and Reporting
Applications provide access to a myriad of state, county and local level forest insect and disease conditions data. In addition, we offer a window into near real time forest disturbance information collected by satellite. Professionals in forest entomology and forest pathology both from the U.S.Forest Service and cooperating state forestry agencies collect this information each year. These data are collected from the air via standard aerial survey, from ground surveys or from remote sensing analysis.
Alien Forest Pest Explorer
Alien Forest Pest Explorer is a portal for the exploration of spatial and biological data relating to non-indigenous forest pests. It can be used to generate customized reports that provide a brief description of the pest and a map depicting state and county distribution. Currently, the Explorer contains data for 90 forest pests (75 insect and 15 pathogen species) in the U.S.
Forest Health Monitoring Program
The Forest Health Monitoring (FHM) is a national
program designed to determine the status, changes, and
trends in indicators of forest condition on an annual
basis. The FHM program uses data from ground plots and
surveys, aerial surveys, and other biotic and abiotic
data sources and develops analytical approaches to address
forest health issues that affect the sustainability of
Also see: Forest
Health Monitoring: A National Strategic Plan (Apr 2003;
PDF | 204 KB)
National Insect & Disease Risk Maps
Forest Health Technology Enterprise Team.
Includes Invasive Species Risk Assessment and Invasive Pest Risk Maps
Natural Resource Monitoring Partnership
The Natural Resource Monitoring Partnership is a collaborative
effort by the natural resource management community to
improve monitoring efforts in order to support effective
evaluation and decision-making. Current participants
include state, federal, and Canadian natural resource
management agencies, nongovernmental organizations, and
Note: See current information about future
of the Natural
Resources Monitoring Partnership from DOI, USGS.
Also see Natural
Resource Monitoring Partnership Fact Sheet (March 2007;
PDF | 2 MB)
San Francisco Bay Joint Venture.
National Wildlife Refuge Volunteer Weed Mapping Manual (Nov 15, 2006; 3.3 MB)
DOI. FWS. National Wildlife Refuge System.
and Volunteers Program: Working Together to Manage
Invasive Species on National Wildlife Refuges
National Wildlife Refuge Association.