Thursday, May 3, 2012

Free Invasive Species Training Offered

Those interested in joining statewide efforts to track invasive species can attend an iMapInvasives online mapping tool training session. Anyone can help keep the New York map up-to-date and accurate by reporting invasive species locations.

Volunteers, citizen scientists and educational groups will find the simple reporting interface easy to use for local projects, and conservation professionals can use the advanced interface to manage detailed information about infestations, surveys and treatments in a standardized format.  Training is required to enter data, and then users can enter observations of invasive plants, aquatic invasive species, forest pests and agricultural pests.

Training will be offered Saturday, May 12th at SUNY Plattsburgh, Hawkins Hall, Room 0053D. An optional field trip from 10:00-11:00 a.m. will start the day by visiting sites along the Saranac River accessed from the Plattsburgh campus.  Basic data entry, which is ideal for volunteer and educational groups, will take place from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Advanced data entry, which includes online mapping, detailed assessments and treatment data, will take place from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.

Training is free, but space is limited. RSVP online by May 11th at www.imapinvasives.org/nytraining and click on the “2012 Spring PRISM training series” for details, or contact Brent Kinal, iMap Invasives GIS Specialist, at 518-402-8934 or btkinal@gw.dec.state.ny.us.

iMapInvasives, www.imapinvasives.org, is focused on serving the needs of land managers, regional planners and others working to prevent, control or manage invasive species.

“If you’ve ever seen an infestation in your town or along your favorite river and wondered how to report it, now is your chance to contribute to a statewide database tracking the location and spread of harmful invasives,” said Hilary Smith, Director of the Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program.

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