Sunday, June 19, 2011

Early Detection & Rapid Response and EDDMapS in Alaska

Purple Loosestrife,
John D. Byrd, Mississippi State University,

Report These Invaders! The species to watch for are: Purple Loosestrife, Spotted Knapweed, Smooth Cordgrass, Leafy Spurge and Giant Hogweed.  For information on how to identify the plants.

Russian Knapweed
Leslie J. Mehrhoff, University of Connecticut,

If you encounter these invaders, please report them, noting the location of the invasive species. Take photos if possible and send them via the reporting form.

Smooth Cordgrass
Joseph M. DiTomaso, University of California - Davis,

Avoid travelling through infested areas when you find them. It is extremely easy to carry seeds on shoes, clothing, animals, gear and equipment.

                                  Leafy Spurge                                         
Steve Dewey, Utah State University,

Clean all potential seed transmission vectors after leaving an infested area as soon as possible.

Giant Hogweed
 Terry English, USDA APHIS PPQ,

Early Detection and Rapid Response is the most effective way to mitigate the invasive species threat in Alaska. Go to to report an infestation.