Mapping for Healthy Forests

The Mapping for Healthy Forests project aims to map and monitor the locations of invasive plants in Vermont, along common points of introduction, like roadways and in shared spaces like parks and town forests. With this mapping effort spread across the whole state, towns and land owners will not only know what invasive plants are near their land, but by knowing what plants are just down the road, landowners can know what to look out for to prevent certain species before they’re a problem.

Volunteers will get hands-on experience on how to use citizen science mapping programs on your daily walks or excursions on public land. Get access to free tools available online and on mobile devices, to track where invasive plants are located along roadways on town and state land. These events are trainings, but will also collect real information to be used in the project, so volunteers will be contributing immediately to conservation efforts, statewide and in their communities!

Volunteers collected over 1,700 observations across the state in 2016, from Woodford to Highgate! If you would like to be part of the action, check out www.inaturalist.org, join the “Mapping for Healthy Forests: Vermont” project, and start logging observations; no botany background required!

There are many ways to participate in the project:

  • Host a mapping workshop for your community.
  • Log observations along your favorite places to walk and hike.
  • Focus on mapping the common invasive species in Vermont.
  • Focus on mapping less common early detection species that aren’t established yet in Vermont.

Check out Superstar Mapper, Meg McEnroe's work!

Contact Elizabeth Spinney at elizabeth.spinney@vermont.gov for details about hosting a workshop or if you have any questions!