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Natural Systems

NS3.2

"Report a Weed" program

Contact the Flint hills Regional Council for more information about Report a Weed

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Tool Information


Goals

  1. Conservation
  2. Awareness
  3. Stewardship

Description

"Report a Weed"  is a handy app that can be downloaded free of charge from Early Detection and Distribution Mapping System and start tracking the weeds for science and eradication. While the Department and the County Weed Directors are always on the lookout for new populations of noxious and invasive weeds they need the help of engaged citizens and landowners to report what your see and increase the accuracy of information for better control. Partnerships between research institutions and governmental agencies to customize this tool for Flint Hills communities could increase the monitoring and control of noxious and invasive plants region-wide and beyond.

Background

Early detection and rapid response (EDRR) is one of the most important, efficient and effective forms of noxious weed control.  If you make regular surveys of your land to look for any weeds that have shown up and control them as soon as you find them, you will probably never have a costly weed control bill.

It is also very important to be aware of which noxious weeds are currently in or that may someday invade your area. If you find a weed that has not already been identified in your area, it is very important that you contact your County Weed Director.  They can help your eradicate the plants you have found and keep an eye out for others on your neighbor’s property.

Additional Information

The County Weed Director's Association of Kansas is your link to Certified Kansas County Weed Professionals.  Download the iPhone and Android apps for your smartphone or visit the EDDMaps website for more information.

Implementation Strategy


Timeframe

Short (1-3 years)

Cost

$

Cost Details

The iPhone and Android App is free!

EDDMap iPhone App

Funding Sources

This volunteer citizen and landowner effort would not be a funded endeavor, however increasing the coordination of the app with GIS mapping of the County Weed Director's Association of Kansas could be a significant ongoing endeavor and require a full time staff member capable of computer programming and GIS data management. Grants from regional USDA, NCRS, and Nature Conservancy offices could be sought for growing the technological capacity and outreach of this ongoing program. Partnerships with the above mentioned research organizations could greatly expand the capacity and impact of programs as well.

Implementation Details

A brief outline of the first few steps necessary for implementation are provided. The steps outlined here are provided only as a suggested starting point and other approaches are certainly valid.

In order to expand the use and impact of the EDDS "Report a Weed " program in our region, adoption of this tool by regional research organizations, as well as community education and outreach is necessary.

  1. County Weed Directors to convene partners and determine potential of collaboration with customized Kansas, Report a Weed tool 
  2. Formalize partnership and roles
  3. Hire programmer and GIS expert to customize tool 
  4. KState Extension Agents in Community Development to create educational materials and widely distribute and advocate for Report a Weed use
  5. Prioritize and implement control measures with increased efficacy and information.
  6. Expand regional efforts annually.