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Flowering Rush

(Butomus umbellatus)

View the iMap Network's 2023 Annual Report!

2023 was a big year for the iMapInvasives Network! Over 85,000 observations were submitted across North America by natural resource professionals and community scientists working to protect natural resources and biodiversity from the negative impacts of invasive species.
Take a look at our annual report to learn more about the data entered, the iMapInvasives programs across North America, and some of the new features and tools developed in 2023.


Take a look back at past year's reports:  2021, 2022


Why Join the iMapInvasives Network?


If you'd like to learn more about why your jurisdiction should consider joining the iMapInvasives network, click here highlighting important information from NatureServe, the organization that hosts the iMapInvasives program and network. 

Participating Jurisdictions


Each participating state or province has an organization or agency that serves as the iMapInvasives Administrator for the jurisdiction. The administrating agency, together with partners, ensures key tasks necessary for participation and data maintenance are completed. Examples of key tasks for a successful iMapInvasives program include:

  • Aggregate invasive species data from agencies, organization, universities, etc.

  • Provide iMapInvasives Training

  • Review iMapInvasives user permissions requests

  • Review on-line submitted data and confirm sightings when possible

  • Ensure annual iMapInvasives Service fee is paid

  • Network with other agencies and organizations

Core Functionality


All functionality funded and developed by the iMapInvasives Partnership is added to the core functionality and then made available to participating jurisdictions. The programming for iMapInvasives is designed to facilitate incorporating new jurisdictions. There is a one-time programming fee to set up a new jurisdiction.


Jurisidction-specific Functionality


Each jurisdiction is empowered to set several parameters to meet the specific needs of their users, for example:

  • Choose which species to track

  • Assign user roles and permissions

  • Create early detection network with customizable email alerts for users

  • Contribute to the directon of future iMapInvasives development


To Become a Participating Jurisdiction


First, identify a lead agency or organization for your jurisdiction. Most iMapInvasives programs are lead by the state or province Natural Heritage Program (known by many different names; part of the NatureServe Network). However, any agency or organization with the interest and dedication to manage invasive species data can be the administrator for their jurisdiction.


More information


For additional information on participating in the iMapInvasives Project, please Contact Us or see NatureServe's iMapInvasives page.

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