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Why iMapInvasives?

iMapInvasives is designed to share and manage invasive species information for stakeholders within your state or province. This information includes species maps, treatment efforts and effectiveness, and areas where invasive species were searched for but were not found. Since many regulatory and budgetary decisions about invasive species are made at the state level, each jurisdiction can customize their iMapInvasives platform by selecting their tracked species list, setting user roles and permissions, and many other details. On a broader scale, iMapInvasives is a growing, collaborative partnership of participating states and provinces, with a collaborative network of professionals and shared resources to help combat the threat of invasive species.

Learn more about the features and benefits of iMapInvasives.




Access iMapInvasives on a desktop computer or your mobile device.

Presence - A location where you found one or more invasive species. Add photos, counts, comments about each sighting.

Track Management Actions

Record searched areas and species located or searched for but not found. Track treatments and their effectiveness.


Not Detected - Add a list of invasive species that you looked for but did not find to any searched area.

Searched Area - Where you looked to determine the presence or absence of specific invasive species. Can have several related presence, not detected, or treatment records.


Treatment - Record where invasive species were treated, what methods were used, and its outcome.


Treatment actions include:

  • Biocontrol

  • Chemical

  • Fire

  • Grazing

  • Mechanical/Manual

  • Trapping

Management Methods

A variety  of optional information can be recorded including:

  • Sampling methods

  • Crew

  • Weather

  • Landscape traits

  • Disturbance

1.  Entering Data Online for Point Locations and Action Data

iMapInvasives provides online data entry and management tools for information about invasive species locations, treatments, and surveys. Users can create records online with a desktop, tablet, or smart phone.

The iMapInvasives Network comprises several jurisdictional partners representing state and provincial natural areas programs, Natural Heritage offices, and Conservation Data Centres.

Collaboration and shared governance creates a strong and nimble network.


iMapInvasives was designed as an online, GIS-based data management system for use by a variety of users, all with an interest in tracking invasive species.



Local, state, and federal agencies

Land managers



Citizen scientists

Tiered User Roles Approach

iMapInvasives is structured to accommodate multiple roles and permissions ranging from the general public to agency data managers and administrators. Organization and project administers can manage members and their records.


2.  Aggregating Data from Many Sources and User Types

iMapInvasives operates on a stateor province jurisdictional level, providing a link for many entities working on invasive species. Each Participating Jurisdiction has an iMapInvasives Administrator who works with groups to define the jurisdiction's tracked species list, incorporate bulk uploads of existing data, and to train users .

3.  Staying Informed with GIS-Based Alerts and Reports

iMapInvasives Geographic Information System (GIS) framework gives users the power to perform spatial queries, create custom reports and maps, and receive early detection email alerts based on both species and geography (e.g., county or watershed).  

Use the map to view spatial

data on species distributions.


Create customized data queries to search for specific data.

Email Alerts

Early detection is the best line of defense to prevent the spread and dispersal of invasive species. Users have the option to create customized email alerts which are sent when new observations match a selected alert criteria. Users also can instantly generate Approaching Region and Early Detection reports for their geography of interest.

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