Developing a State Invasive Species Program
Establish a state EDRR coordinating committee
- Develop a committee work plan
- Identify committee members; develop an EDRR target list
- Develop a clear communications structure with protocols for reporting, id and vouchering, data archival, rapid assessments, and rapid response initiatives
Develop and train a state Early Detection and Reporting Network (EDRN)
- Agency field personnel (Department of Natural Resource biologists, Nature Conservancy land stewards, county extension agents, county weed supervisors, Department of Ag inspectors, etc.)
- EDRN volunteers (Native Plant Society members, friends, groups, civic club members, master gardeners, fishermen, scouts, 4-H, FFA, etc.)
Identify, survey, and monitor important natural and managed resources that are at risk from biological invasion.
- Conduct weekend bio-blitzes for new weeds at selected parks, forests, refuges, etc.
- Monitor high hazard sites where new invasive species may first become established (e.g., maritime ports of entry, international airports, bonded warehouses, free trade zones, inland intermodal shipping terminals)
Develop a state Invasive Plant Atlas
- Archival of field data records submitted by the EDRN
- "Real-time" Distribution Information on EDRR Target Species – Beneficial for:
- Creating Distribution Maps of EDRR Target Species
- Ecological Niche Modeling Research
- Planning Invasive Plant Control Programs
Rapid Assessment – conduct rapid assessments of newly reported species that are not already regulated within a state (regulated species generally don’t require a new assessment).
- Identify an appropriate lead agency to address a particular new
invasive plant problem OR
- Recommend the establishment of an invasive plant task force to address a new invasive plant problem that cannot be addressed by a single agency.
Rapid Response – develop a rapid response plan to address specific problems.
- Assist the designated lead agency in addressing a new invasive plant problem
- Establish an invasive plant task force to address the problem – as appropriate. The Carolinas Beach Vitex is a good example of a successful interagency partnership.
Take the message to others, especially young people. Volunteer to talk about invasive species and what each of us can do to help at a local school or scout group.