Pacific Northwest Invasive Plant Council

Volunteer Opportunites - Join a regional volunteer effort to detect and eradicate invasive plant species!

PNW IPC's Early Detection Rapid Response (EDRR)

Citizen Science Invasive Plant Program

About the Program

2016 Citizen Science EDRR Volunteer Training Schedule

The Pacific Northwest Invasive Plant Council (PNW IPC) is working 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 (Early Detection Rapid Response) program. With funding from the National Forest Foundation, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, the WSDA and others we are gearing up for our fifth year to search for priority and newly emerging invasive plants in our National Forests, National Parks and other public lands.

Our mission is to train citizens how to identify priority invasive plants, how to record basic data and how to report findings on EDDMapSWest, a national early detection reporting system and land mangers in need of the data. We have identified specific focal areas to survey for invasive plants on National Forests and Parks, DNR and other public land and we ecourage our volunteers to conduct a survey on their favorite trail in seach of newly emerging invasive populations.Your survey and reporting efforts directly supports the maintenance of healthy ecosystems.



PNW IPC volunteer and Nisqually Land Trust Site Steward, Crow Vecchio, conducts an invasive plant survey.

PNW IPC volunteer, Theresa Schuller documents and reports an infestation of spotted knapweed at the Pleasant Valley Campground on HYW 410, Yakima County, WA..

Both purple and white flower forms of Centaurea stoebe (spotted knapweed, Class B noxious weed) in Yakima County. Photo by Theresa Schuller