We need your help to "outsmart" invasive species in Massachusetts
If you have a smartphone or a digital camera, the power to protect the natural heritage of Massachusetts is already in your hands. Join the Outsmart Invasive Species Project to help stop the spread of non-native plants and insects that threaten our environment.
If you have an iPhone or Android phone: Download the FREE Outsmart Invasive Species application through iTunes or Google Play, and you'll be prepared to report invasive species anytime.
If you have a digital camera: Register to submit data using the FREE Early Detection and Distribution Mapping System (EDDMaps). Just go to Outsmart on EDDMaps to sign up.
**NEW** Outsmart app and IPANE app have merged to create a single New England regional app under the Outsmart brand. As Outsmart continues to be the regional invasive species app, IPANE will change from Invasive Plant Atlas of New England to Invasive Pest Atlas of New England. IPANE will remain the web brand, but the app brand will be Outsmart.
Want to learn more?
Check out the promotional Outsmart Invasive Species video on YouTube.
Watch more identification videos on the Outsmart Invasive Species Project YouTube page Outsmart Project
Results from our 2013 study involving the effectiveness of training types can be found in the scientific journal PLOS ONE www.plosone.org
Read below to find out how you can take part!
Invasive species pose environmental and economic threats to communities throughout the state. Just think of Worcester, where the 2008 outbreak of Asian longhorned beetle led to the destruction of nearly 30,000 trees. It will take the community years to recoup the lost urban canopy.
How you can help
Early detection and continual monitoring are key to stopping new invasive threats like the Asian longhorned beetle, whether in a forest or a city neighborhood.
Now you can help researchers cover more ground by looking for invasive species anytime - whether walking the dog, hiking, fishing, gardening, or working outdoors. All you need is a smartphone, or a digital camera and access to the Web.
Stay up to date
Visit our Facebook page, follow us on Twitter @outsmartapp, and for regular updates, sign up for the Outsmart e-mail listserv.
You can also e-mail the Project team directly for more information: Outsmart@eco.umass.edu.
This work was funded through a grant (11-DG-11420004-294) awarded by the Northeastern Area State and Private Forestry, U. S. Forest Service.
Photo: USDA - APHIS.