Are you interested in helping TCWP find invasive species?
Check out our new volunteer training!
While prevention is the first line of defense, it is nearly impossible to stop all invasive species. Therefore, Early Detection/Rapid Response (EDRR) is the second line of defense in managing these plants. By employing EDRR tactics we will be more efficiently protecting our resources by decreasing habitat destruction. Over time this method can greatly conserve cost because it targets small infestations before they become too expensive and extensive to treat. Our hope is that we can find and stop these invaders before a large amount of damage is done to the native plant communities. This is a great opportunity to incorporate trained citizen scientists to lend their eyes and report priority invasive species to the Teton County Weed & Pest District (TCWP).
The message of reporting high priority invasive species to our District is emphasized in all of TCWP’s education and outreach efforts. This project is designed to increase EDRR efforts by training local volunteers on twelve high-priority noxious weed species. These 12 species are: saltcedar, leafy spurge, Dyer’s woad, common St. Johnswort, rush skeletonweed, oxeye daisy, common tansy, whitetop/hoarycress, Dalmatian toadflax, yellow toadflax, spotted knapweed, and field bindweed. The first 4 listed are the highest priority and we will ask volunteers to report them anywhere in Teton County. The remaining 8 species are more common and we will ask volunteers to report only if found 50 feet beyond all roadsides and ½ mile beyond any trailheads. TCWP maintains an extensive mapping database of weeds present on roadsides and trailheads since most are transported by human activities.
We will be training volunteers to use EDDMapS West website and mobile application for reporting of the targeted species. Please call 733-8419 to sign up for one of our trainings. Limit 20/class!
Map Invasive Training Dates: Light food and drinks will be served.
May 11th – 5:30-7:30 pm Teton County Library Auditorium, Side A