Invasive Species Mapping and Planning

Purple Loostrife

Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge, Stow/ Maynard/Sudbury/Hudson

Completed an intensive inventory of invasive species and a comprehensive management plan for this 2,200-acre refuge. The survey employed mobile GIS to record percent cover of 25 target species in over 4,000 survey blocks. The resulting maps have directly informed control actions on the property.

Westover Air Reserve Base, Chicopee

Applied the same intensive survey method as with the Assabet River refuge to this 2,400-acre property. Results led directly to control activities focusing on protection of habitat for grassland nesting birds.

Mass Audubon Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary, Lincoln

Worked closely with Mass Audubon education staff to develop mobile GIS tools to map invasive species on Drumlin Farm. The team is working with high school students to identify invasive species, survey target areas, and upload data to a web map.

Sudbury/Assabet/Concord River Watershed

Working with our partners in the Sudbury-Assabet-Concord Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area (CISMA) to develop widely-available tools for mapping invasive species in the watershed. With support from the Sudbury Foundation, we’re expanding the mobile GIS tools developed for Drumlin Farm so that invasive species distribution data can be captured by CISMA partners to develop watershed-wide priorities for invasives management.