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Provides general resources for research, methodology, and results from the monitoring of current invasive species problems. See our Smartphone Applications (apps) resources to assist in tracking, monitoring various species, including invasive species.

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USDA Forest Service and NASA Release Web-based Forest Disturbance Monitoring Tool (Mar 19, 2012)
USDA. FS. 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.


Agricultural Quarantine Inspection Monitoring (AQIM) Handbook (PDF | 1.6 MB)
USDA. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

CitiSci.org - 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
Discover Life.
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.

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.

Ecological Monitoring
Environment Canada.

ForWarn - Satellite-Based Change Recognition and Tracking
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.
See also: - Press Release - USDA Forest Service and NASA Release Web-based Forest Disturbance Monitoring Tool (Mar 19, 2012)

Invasive Alien Species - A Toolkit of Best Prevention and Management Practices (2001; PDF | 1.62 MB)
CAB International; Global Invasive Species Programme.

Invasive Species Survey: A Report on the Invasion of the National Wildlife Refuge System - A Technical Report for the National Wildlife Refuge System (May 2004)
See also: National Wildlife Refuge System

Forest Health Protection Mapping and Reporting
USDA. Forest Service.
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.

Maine Invasive Mapping and Other Data
University of Maine. Maine Invasive Speces Network.
Resource include a comprehensive compilation of map and other database resources publicly available for invasive and pest species in Maine.

National Forest Health Monitoring Program
USDA. Forest Service.
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 forest ecosystems.
Also see: Forest Health Monitoring: A National Strategic Plan (Apr 2003; PDF | 204 KB)

National Insect & Disease Risk Maps
USDA. FS. 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 academic institutions.
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.

Invasives and Volunteers Program: Working Together to Manage Invasive Species on National Wildlife Refuges
National Wildlife Refuge Association.

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