Friday, February 11, 2011

Georgia Dept. of Transportation Using EDDMapS

Teamwork is our best chance for controlling invasive species in Georgia and across the United States. Georgia Department of Tranportation (GDOT) shows how that is done. The GDOT Environmental Procedures Manual, Chapter 5, page 6 requires ecology consultants to document invasive species as defined by the Georgia Exotic Pest Plant Council's Class One Invasive Species List to identify, document and record the presence of these invasive species in the EDDMapS database.

EDDMapS (Early Detection & Distribution Mapping System) is a web based tool for mapping the distribution of invasive species across the United States. It was developed by the Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health at the University of Georgia in Tifton.

If you would like to join the team working to solve the problem of Invasive species contact your local Exotic Pest Plant Council for membership information and learn how to report invasive species to EDDMapS.

Links for GDOT manual, GA-EPPC and EDDMapS:
GDOT Environmental Procedures Manual
Georgia Exotic Pest Plant Council