See an invasive plant on the roadside and want to report it? Whip out your smartphone and in less than 60 seconds the report is in the system! Compared to much of the Midwest, there is little information on the location of invasive species in Indiana, primarily because there hasn't been a simple way for people to map and report them. That's changed now, with the new Report IN system. Using the Early Detection and Distribution Mapping System (EDDMapS) as the starting point, there is a website and smartphone version of the reporting platform. Since August 2014 when the system was rolled out, hundreds of reports have come in that are helping us better manage invasive plants and educate the public. We will go through how to submit reports via the website (EDDMapS.org/Indiana) and smartphone app, and discuss how the system is being used in Indiana by different groups. This is your chance to learn more and ask questions.
Ellen Jacquart - The Nature Conservancy. Since 1998 Ellen Jacquart has been directing the management of The Nature Conservancy's preserve lands in Indiana. Ellen is from Wisconsin, and received her bachelor's and master's degrees in botany from the University of Wisconsin. She is the Invasives Committee chair for the Indiana Native Plant and Wildflower Society and was a member of the Indiana Invasive Species Task Force that led to the formation of the Indiana Invasive Species Council in the 2009 legislative session. She currently leads the Invasive Plant Advisory Committee which helps the Indiana Invasive Species Council reduce the impact of invasive plants in Indiana.
Lisa Brush - Executive Director, The Stewardship Network. Lisa has been leading collaborative conservation initiatives in the nonprofit environmental sector for over two decades. In her role as co-founder and Executive Director of The Stewardship Network she has engaged thousands of professionals and volunteers in identifying community and conservation needs of the 21st century and determining strategic support The Network can provide. She has managed and overseen grant projects from federal and state agencies, as well as family and private foundations. She has been involved in all aspects of organizational management including foundation/agency relationships, grant based project funding, budget tracking, contract negotiation, implementation, accountability, project reporting and staff and board development. Lisa has facilitated strategic planning sessions, focus groups, citizen task forces, community visioning sessions, and public involvement and feedback meetings with groups ranging in size from four to four hundred. Lisa emphasizes tried and true in-person methods of bringing people together augmented by the use of cutting edge online technology. Lisa serves on numerous boards of directors, has a BA in Science in Society from Wesleyan University, an MS from University of Michigan's School of Natural Resources and Environment, and is a graduate of Michigan State University's Great Lakes Leadership Academy. Follow The Stewardship Network on Twitter @StewardshipNet.