An Invasive Plant Inventory and Early Detection Prioritization Tool

Metadata Updated: May 11, 2018

In 2010-2013, Utah State University partnered with the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to conduct invasive plant prioritization workshops and inventories on selected National Wildlife Refuges across the United States. The purpose of these workshops and subsequent inventories was to inform and improve the process of planning and implementing invasive plant inventories or early detection. These workshops highlighted the need for an objective, transparent and documented process for deciding which invasive plant species should be a focus of inventory or early detection (and ultimately management) and where. A result of this partnership is the Invasive Plant Inventory and Early Detection Prioritization Tool (IPIEDT) and associated user's guide. The tool is a Microsoft Access database (2010 or later) that utilizes site-specific knowledge and harnesses existing species information (e.g., California Invasive Plant Council invasive species rankings) to identify priority species and areas for inventory or early detection. The user's guide describes how to use the IPIEDT. Although the IPIEDT was developed for the National Wildlife Refuge System it can be applied wherever invasive plants pose a threat to natural resources. The tool produces a ranked list of areas and invasive plant species to consider for inventory or early detection. Users can also create area-specific ranked species lists or lists that distinguish species occurring within or outside (early detection) the spatial scope of the project. The user's guide 1) describes the design of the invasive plant inventory and early detection prioritization tool (IPIEDT), 2) describes and provide the rationale of criteria used to rank species and areas and 3) provides step-by-step instructions on how to use the tool. Appendix A of the guide describes ranking criteria and corresponding scales of the IPIEDT. Appendix B of the guide provides a step-by-step guide to the prioritization process and use of the IPIEDT. Appendix C of the guide explains the species invasiveness ranking systems utilized by the IPIEDT.

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Public: This dataset is intended for public access and use. License: No license information was provided. If this work was prepared by an officer or employee of the United States government as part of that person's official duties it is considered a U.S. Government Work.

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Metadata Created Date December 2, 2017
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