Public and Private Land Issues
The goal of the EDDMapS is to have many eyes detecting and reporting invaders in as many different places as possible. However, we have to be mindful of both public land rules and regulations and the rights of private landowners.
Public Land – Some agencies have very strict rules concerning collection of data and specimens on public property. For example, the National Park Service requires researchers to obtain permits for these kinds of activities. When in doubt about the public ownership of a property you plan to survey or the rules of collecting data on public lands, contact the agency responsible for the management of that property. We think you will find that most, if not all, public land managers will be supportive of efforts to detect invasive species on publicly held lands.
Private Land – It is important that we respect the rights of private landowners and only collect data on their land with their specific permission. Keep in mind that public rights-of-way like roads are not considered private land. Many of your surveys will be along rights-ofway.