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Early Detection and Rapid Assessment of New Invaders

The Invasive Species Program identifies and reports new invasions and assesses risks to natural areas and waters. As part of their strategic plan, they strive to:

  • Develop methods for improved taxonomic identification, including molecular applications
  • Develop field survey and mapping methods for early detection
  • Design reporting networks
  • Synthize available information on species distribution and ecology in native and invaded ranges
  • Take advantage of geographic information system (GIS) technologies and methodologies for modeling and forecasting to help predict potential spread and probable risks of species new to the U.S. and outbreaks of established invasions in new ecological regions, ecosystems and watersheds
  • Develop assessments to support decisions on response strategies


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