Thursday, August 9, 2012

Mid-Atlantic Early Detection Network Workshop

 Mid-Atlantic Early Detection Network

September 13, 2012 (Thursday) 
9:00am – 3:30pm 
Park Police Headquarters Auditorium 
1901 Anacostia Drive, S.E. 
Washington DC 20019 

Purpose: To establish a Network of Experts in the mid-Atlantic region who will report invasive species using the Early Detection Distribution Mapping System (EDDMapS) and serve as Area Expert Verifiers (AEVs) for designated areas to help ensure data accuracy.

Why is it important to map invasive species? Accurate reporting and mapping of invasive species is essential for effective long-term management. Newly detected invasive species, established invasives spreading to new areas and exotic species recently showing invasive tendencies all need to be reported using a reliable and accessible system. The Early Detection Distribution Mapping System (EDDMapS) developed by the University of Georgia’s Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health in 2005 is leading this effort. Recent smartphone applications are bringing this technology to everyone from land managers and scientists to the average citizen. 
Awareness of the location of harmful species lurking on your borders allows you to keep an eye out for them, prevent their introduction and establishment and take immediate action to eradicate and contain them if needed. Mapping also gives us the ability to track changes in species distributions over time.
Why should you attend? Area Expert Verifiers are needed to take responsibility for overseeing invasive species being reported into EDDMapS. AEVs will routinely check reports and verify species identifications. An area can be a park, a preserve, a park system, a wilderness area, a county, a state, a neighborhood or a private property. Review and verification of data by AEVs will ensure accuracy, reliability and usefulness of information. 
Workshop is FREE. Lunch provided for Pre-Registrants only.  
Registration is Required
Register by Sep. 1, 2012. Space limited to 60. To register, go to:

Bring: Your Android, i-phone or i-pad. Be prepared for field and weather. 
Directions: Provided on website and can be mailed as needed. Email to:
Metro: Anacostia Station on the Blue line.
Mid Atlantic Early Detection Network: Creating the Net and Making it Work
8:00        Sign-in, Morning Refreshments
9:00         Welcome. Developing the Mid-Atlantic Early Detection Network: What Are We Proposing to Do? Chuck Bargeron and Jil Swearingen

9:15        What is Early Detection? Are We Too Late? Why Bother? John Peter Thompson 

9:45         Invasive Insects. Mary Kay Malinoski
10:00 Invasive Pathogens. Dave Clement
10:15 Emerging Invasive Plants. Jil Swearingen 

10:30 BREAK
11:00 Regulated Pests. Matt Travis
11:15 EDDMapS and SmartPhone Apps; organize groups for field exercise. Chuck Bargeron

12:00 LUNCH (*Provided for Pre-Registrants Only) 

1:00         Field Exercise: Use of Smart-Phone EDDMapS apps. 

2:00          The Bay Area Early Detection Network (BAEDN): Lessons Learned. Mark Frey

2:15          Tracking Treatments with EDDMapS. Steve Manning/Lee Patrick

2:30           Panel Discussion: What do we need to do to get MAEDN going? What is expected of Expert Verifiers? How do 
we maintain MAEDN? How do we ensure quality control?
What else do we need to do or think about? What are we missing?

3:00 Conclusion

3:15 Mid-Atlantic Invasive Plant 
Council Annual Business meeting (15 mins)

Thanks to the following sponsors for their support: Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health, Invasive Species Control, Inc., Mid-Atlantic Invasive Plant Council, National Park Service, University of Maryland Cooperative Extension Service and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service and the U.S. Park Police.