There's An App for That!
Thanks to a grant from the Natural Resources Conservation Service, we now have web-based smartphone and tablet apps that enable users to identify, collect, inventory, use, track and transmit digitized data on invasive species of concern.
Developers at the University of Georgia's Center for Invasive Species & Ecosystem Health have created an app that now provides an easy-to-use, reliable means for people to accurately report sightings of invasive species in the Garden State. The app eliminates the need for cumbersome printed field guides, clipboards and gps devices – it will allow smartphone users to submit geo-tagged photos and information via online data entry forms. Data is uploaded directly into the Strike Team database, where it is verified before being entered into the national Early Detection & Distribution Mapping System database which is being used to gain an accurate picture of invasive species distribution across the United Sates. Both the state and national data can then be searched, queried and downloaded in a variety of formats, and the maps generated will help us fill in information gaps and identify likely locations of undetected invasive species populations.
To download the Android version of the app, please follow this link.
To download the Apple version of the app, please follow this link.
August is Tree Check Month
It is potentially a nightmare environmental and economic scenario. A devastating invasive pest with no known natural predators threatens recreational areas, forests, and suburban and urban shade trees. The recreation, timber, nursery, and maple
syrup industries alone could suffer severe losses. Once a tree is infested, it must be removed.
The Asian longhorned beetle (ALB) has led to the loss of more than 130,000 trees since it was first discovered in the United States in 1996, after having arrived here probably inside wood-packing material from Asia.
The USDA is urging the public to look for signs of the ALB in August, a peak time for emergence of the beetle. Early detection is crucial to limiting the spread of the invasive pest... Read more...
For the past four years the Departments of Agriculture and Environmental Protection (NJDA and DEP) have participated in an Emerald ash borer survey but no beetles were found in more than 300 traps set up around the state. Emerald ash borer had already been detected in Pennsylvania and New York bordering New Jersey. Read more...
National Invasive Species Awareness Week puts the spotlight on efforts to prevent or slow the spread of invasive species.
Funded by the Watershed Institute grant program of the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association, the strike team uses scientifically based early detection and rapid response protocols to find and destroy new populations of invasive plants, animals and pathogens that threaten New Jersey’s diverse natural acreage.
Chestnut and hen of the woods (a wild foraged mushroom) soup? Yep, tastes like a creamy mushroom soup. The garlic mustard and stinging nettle quiche went down just fine, no sting at all.