Research and Grants
Monitoring invasive plant infestations is crucial for an effective management program. At the national level the North American Weed Management Association NAWMA has developed a inventory and data collection protocol i.e. NAWMA standards.
Alaska has developed a statewide inventory system. The Alaska Exotic Plant Information Clearing House (AKEPIC) Mapping Project was initiated in 2004 as a shared idea between collaborators and the U.S. Geological Survey’s Alaska Science Center Geographic Analysis and Monitoring Program. The collaborators' manual is on line. It provides information on three critical components of field collection, compiling data and using regional databases and maps. Contact information for the developer can be found at the AKEPIC site.