Pacific Northwest Invasive Plant Council

Citizen Science EDRR Invasive Plant Program

2016 PNW IPC EDRR Citizen Science Annual Report

2016 Citizen Scientist Survey and Reporting Resources:

About the Program

After prevention, Early Detection Rapid Response (EDRR) is the most effective method to control establishment and spread of new populations of invasive plants. Citizen Scientists can provide critical information about newly emerging plant populations, shifting distributions, abundance and phenology of invasive plants to land managers in need of the data. PNW IPC works in partnership with National Forests and Parks, Washington Dept. of Agriculture (WSDA), Department of Natural Resources (DNR), county noxious weed programs, and other local groups on a Citizen Science EDRR Invasive Plant Program. Our mission is to train citizens how to identify priority invasive plants, how to record basic data and how to report findings on-line through EDDMapSWest. PNW IPC verifies reports and sends data immediately to land mangers responisble for control and management. Volunteer reporting efforts provide vital data to managers and reseachers regarding new infestation locations, abundance and growth patterns over time and offers a way for local citizens to take part in the conservation and protection of native ecosystems!

To learn more, see our 2014-2015 Biennial Report summarizing key accomplishments from our Citizen Science EDRR Invasive Plant Program


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Archive 2015 Training Material

2015 Suggested trails and natural areas to survey ***Always check trail and road status and requirements before you go!

Recent Press***Newspaper article by Michelle Scott from the Enterprise covering one of our trainings in White Salmon, WA on March 28th, 2015

Programatic Outcomes***2012-2013 Biennial Report summarizing our EDRR Citizen Science Invasive Species Program


Archive 2014 Training Material

2014 Invasive Species Workshop/Training Opportunities
Below you will find links to our training material, EDRR survey forms, CWMA maps and other items you may need to conduct your EDRR surveys. If you have any questions or have problems downloading the resources below please contact the Program Director, Julie Combs by e-mail or phone (615) 812-5295.

2014 Survey and Training Material



Workshop participants examine invasive plant material in pots and herbarium specimens at an EDRR training in Tacoma, WA, Photo: Julie Combs

Volunteers attend a field training to learn survey protocol methods in Seattle, WA.. Photo: Julie Combs

Volunteers use a weed wrench to remove Daphne laureola (Daphne spurge) from South Bay Trail in Bellingham, WA. Photo: Bud Hardwick