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Invasive Species Mapping
Scroll down this page to see WRISC's tools for mapping invasive species. For more information on invasive species distributions within the WRISC area, go to our Invasive Locations Page.
Both mapping forms include information used to submit our data to MISIN (see below). Once data is collected it is entered into a master spreadsheet. From there, data is submitted to MISIN. From our master spreadsheet we also share data with Partners and use the free QGIS software to create maps.
Data Sharing and MISIN
WRISC doesn't want to keep everything to ourselves, one of our goals is to share invasive species location data for use by regional partners, natural resources managers, and members of the public. All of the data we collect from Partners and survey work is entered to a regional online database, the
You can help our mapping efforts!
Regional Partners with their own invasive location data are encouraged to share the information with WRISC where it will be incorporated with our data and added to the MISIN database. We accept spreadsheets, shapefiles, on even hand-drawn maps on occasion.
Suggest areas in need of invasive species mapping.
Volunteer with WRISC to survey and map invasives in your area, or submit reports of invasives you see directly to MISIN or to the WRISC Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org, 906-774-1555x102. You can also sign up through out Adopt a Spot program to survey and monitor a favorite public property.
The easiest way to submit individual reports of invasive species is to email email@example.com with the following information:
Invasive Species Found
Location (GPS coordinates and/or description)
Estimated size and density of infestation (optional but helpful)
Picture (required for ID of citizen reports)
Area partners who have contributed data or suggested invasive survey locations.
The Midwest Invasive Species Information Network as an information source and for their role in managing our submitted data.
Funding sources that support our survey and mapping efforts: The WE Energies Mitigation and Enhancement Fund; The Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program through the Departments of Natural Resources, Environmental Quality, and Agriculture and Rural Development; The Wisconsin DNR Citizen Based Monitoring Program; The Wisconsin DNR Private Forest Weed Management Area Program