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Early Detection of Invasive Species Monitoring

Park Field Guides

Emerald ash borer field guide card
Emerald ash borer field guide card

Target Invasive Species of NETN

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Individual Species Fieldcards

Aquatic Invasives
Herbaceous Invasives
Pest Invasives
Shrub Invasives
Tree Invasives
Vine Invasives

US Forest Service Field Guides

The goal of this program is to help NPS employees, contractors, and citizen scientists to detect invasive species while they are in the early stages of establishment and still relatively easy and economical to eradicate. To help do this, a short list of target insect pest and exotic plant species specific to each park has been developed. The lists include species that are either present in the park at low levels and of management concern if spreading is detected, or not present, but have demonstrated impacts to ecosystem function in the region. Target lists are reviewed annually and updated as needed. To aid with identification, NETN provides laminated field guides to each park and to NETN field crews that can be accessed through the Full Park Guides dropdown menu. Follow this link to view a table of each park's target inavsive species.

The field guides were created as part of NETN's and the Eastern Rivers and Mountains (ERMN) Network's Early Detection of Invasive Species: Surveillance Monitoring and Rapid Response monitoring protocol and is designed to be used in conjunction with the US Forest Service "Invasive Plants Field and Reference Guide: An Ecological Perspective of Plant Invaders of Forests and Woodlands Field Guide."

All images contained within the "Early Detection of Invasive Species Surveillance Monitoring Field Guide" and "USFS Invasive Plants and Reference Guide: An Ecological Perspective of Plant Invaders of Forests and Woodlands" are copyrighted. Any commercial or other use of the images requires written permission from the photographer or contact organization.

The overall format of these guides follows that of the Forest Service guide and allows for supplementation with individual taxon cards from the Forest Service guide. As new park species threats arise, new species cards can be produced.

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