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Invasive Species Toolbox

Do you have news about an invasive species project that you'd like to share through this column? The Toolbox is a collection of useful items and highlights related to invasive species information management issues. Please send any suggestions you might have for Toolbox columns to asimpson@usgs.gov or esellers@usgs.gov.
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New Partnership With Great Lakes Early Detection Network (GLEDN)

The Global Invasive Species Information Network (GISIN) http://www.gisin.org has initiated a two-year partnership with the GLEDN to improve sharing of invasive species occurrence data within and among states in the Great Lakes area that are currently using disparate data management systems. The GLEDN has provided funding to support development and implementation of the GISIN to allow these data management systems to communicate with each other through a common data portal. The GLEDN Web site http://ibis.colostate.edu/gledn will include features identified as priorities by preliminary focus groups. Additional development will implement GISIN as a common data provider from which an invasive species alert system will be linked. Major objectives of the project include: facilitate data sharing among regional data providers through GISIN; train regional data providers to link existing online datasets to GISIN using an existing data exchange protocol; and generate online maps of invasive plant distributions and predictive models for species of interest using these merged datasets. The models will help guide surveillance efforts to areas with a high probability of invasive species occurrence.

iMapInvasives Invasive Species Database Launched in Oregon

Portland State University's Institute for Natural Resources has taken the lead on the development and implementation of an iMapInvasives data portal for recording occurrences of species invasive to Oregon. The recording and tracking application was set up based on two years' work to get input from scientists and land managers about their needs. The results are available at www.imapinvasives.org/orimi/map. iMapInvasives has been developed through broad partnerships among The Nature Conservancy, NatureServe, the New York Natural Heritage Program, Florida Natural Areas Inventory, and the Oregon Biodiversity Information Center as a tool to assist in the prevention, control, and management of all types of invasive plants, animals, fish, and diseases. For more information about how to use iMapInvasives, visit Portland State University's Oregon Biodiversity Information Web site at http://orbic.pdx.edu/invasives.html. The site contains background information, frequently asked questions, and training videos.

Guidance for Setting Up an Invasive Species Management Program From ConservationTools.org

Are you seeking information to help you develop and implement your invasive species management program? Visit http://conservationtools.org/tools/general/show/31 for specific guidance designed for land owners and resource managers. The site is owned and maintained by the Pennsylvania Land Trust Association, but the step-by-step guidance and resources provided are valuable for anyone organizing a project to control or eradicate invasive species, especially plants.

USGS Invited to Write Invasive Species Article for Department of Defense Newsletter

For descriptions of USGS invasive species and biodiversity projects, see the article the USGS was invited to submit to the second 2011 issue of Department of Defense's Natural Selections newsletter, soon to be made available here: https://www.dodlegacy.org/Legacy/News/Newsletters.aspx.