November 2010: Using GPS and GIS to Track Invasive Species

Do you have a property with many invasive species but don't know where to start? Do you manage a natural area and know you have some invasive plants, but you're not sure where or what species? Before we can effectively control invasive plants, we need to know what we have, where, and how much. Invasive species mapping gives us a starting point from which to plan, prioritize, and go for the kill. By mapping invasive plant populations using GPS, we can use the digital data to produce accurate maps and re-locate the invaders when it comes time for treatment. Accurate GPS positions also enable better follow-up treatments and tracking of individual patches of invasive plants over time. GPS mapping data can be used to delineate priority treatment zones and provide accurate information on individual invasive species populations to contractors and field staff. The data can be represented on paper or digital maps, or provided to contractors and field staff electronically to upload into their own GPS units for easy navigation in the field. If a standardized system of mapping is used, the digital data can be shared among organizations to facilitate better coordination of invasive species control efforts at local, regional, and statewide scales. Tune in to this webinar to learn more about what GPS-based approach might be right for you in mapping invasive species. Join David Mindell of PlantWise LLC, Glenn Palmgren of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment, Jason Tallant of City of Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation and Lisa Brush of the Stewardship Network for this informative upcoming webcast!


David Mindell - David Mindell began PlantWise, LLC in 1998. His business is dedicated to creating and restoring native ecosystems and plant communities and working with people to bring native plants into their yards and lives. Towards that end, David designs and plants native landscapes, develops management plans, and implements all aspects of natural area management. Prior to PlantWise, David was the Stewardship Coordinator for the City of Ann Arbor's Natural Area Preservation Division. He studied forest ecology and ecosystem management at the UM's School of Natural Resources.

Glenn Palmgren - Glenn Palmgren is the Ecologist for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment, Recreation Division in Lansing, Michigan. His responsibilities include ecological restoration planning and management of natural features within Michigan State Parks. Glenn earned his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Natural Resource Ecology and Management from the University of Michigan, and is currently recognized as a Certified Ecologist through the Ecological Society of America. Glenn also serves as an Adjunct Instructor in environmental science at Lansing Community College in Lansing, Michigan. Presently, Glenn is working on many ecological restoration and biodiversity conservation projects throughout the Michigan State Park system. Examples include the Michigan DNRE biodiversity conservation planning process and restoration of native ecosystems such as lakeplain prairies, Great Lakes marshes and shorelines, open dunes, oak barrens, prairie fens, oak-hickory forests, and northern hardwoods forests in state parks throughout Michigan.

Jason Tallant - Jason Tallant is a Natural Areas Technician for the City of Ann Arbor, MI. He has a B.S. in Biological Sciences and Environmental Studies from Western Michigan University and is currently pursuing an M.S. in Geographic Information Systems from Eastern Michigan University. As a natural areas technician, he directs the implementation of ecological restoration efforts in city parks and natural areas. As a graduate student, he uses remote sensing and spatial modeling to detect and map non-native invasive plant species.

Lisa Brush - Lisa is the Executive Director of 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.

Webcast Date: 
Wednesday, November 10, 2010 - 12:00pm
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