Become an Invasive Strike Force Surveyor!

May 13, 2022
Krysti Sabins
New York-New Jersey Trail Conference

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Become an Invasive Strike Force Surveyor!

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Help find the next problem invaders that threaten our region's natural areas...

Become an Invasives Strike Force (ISF) citizen science volunteer!

We are excited to announce and unroll our newly refined ISF survey program for 2022! Many of you have helped contribute to our standard, intermediate, and blockbuster surveys that were the hallmark of our ISF survey program for the past 10 years. This robust decadal data set has served as the foundation necessary to map and manage both the common and some key emerging invasive species along with our region’s trail system.  

The next iteration of our citizen science survey programming will now exclusively target species that have been identified as high priority species by Lower Hudson PRISM partners and other regional and state agency collaborators.

In 2022, ISF surveyors will be identifying and reporting on:

  • Beech leaf disease (BLD) and its possible association with invasive jumping worms

  • Spotted lanternfly and its primary host, tree of heaven

  • Monthly rotating invasive plant featured as part of our EcoQuest Challenge survey program

This list of species will allow our staff and partners to rapidly respond to early detection reports and set the management agenda for 2023.  The citizen science reporting structure will be similar to years past but less labor-intensive – it will feel a little more like an exploratory hike! 

As an Invasives Strike Force Surveyor volunteer...

  • You will be required to attend a species ID training to learn how to identify these 5 invasive species

  • You will also attend a second training on how to collect and report data for the ISF including how to use two nature reporting apps- iMapInvasives and iNaturalist

  • After completing training, you will be assigned to a trail section (~2 miles long).

  • You then are free to explore your trail while identifying and mapping the invasive species you learned in training. This data collection can be completed within one outing or over several trips until you feel confident that you have identified all of the target species along your trail - but should be completed by the end of the summer.

  • After you have completed your trail section, you can ask to have another section assigned to you. You can map as many trail sections during the season as you have time for.

We would love to have your help! See below for upcoming required training sessions (Part 1 is offered as either an in-person or live streamed webinar and Part 2 as a webinar) as well as optional guided walks to help build volunteer confidence. We are so excited to begin! Please register today!

INVASIVES STRIKE FORCE WORKSHOPS

Invasives Strike Force Surveyor Workshop Webinar - Part 1: Species ID

May 19th, 2022 7:30-8:30 PM, Online

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May 23rd, 2022 7:30-8:30 PM, In-Person
NYNJTC Headquarters
600 Ramapo Valley Rd, Mahwah, NJ, 07430, US

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Would you like to take your invasive species identification skills to the next level? Do you want to help find the next problem invaders that threaten our region's natural areas and parks? Take this workshop to learn how!

Invasives Strike Force Surveyor Training Workshop Webinar - Part 2: Survey Protocols

May 26th, 2022 7:30-8:30 PM, Online only

Would you like to help protect our environment while you hike? Have you already taken Part 1 of our Invasives Strike Force (ISF) Survey Workshop webinars? Then you are ready to take this required workshop webinar to learn about the field survey protocols and data reporting associated with our ISF Survey program. Once completed with this part of your training, you will officially be ready to take on an assignment and become an official ISF surveyor!

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Invasive Strike Force Survey: Guided Invasive Species Walk

May 31st, 2022 6:00-7:30 PM
Nature Study Woods
New Rochelle, NY

Would you like to take your invasive species identification skills to the next level? Do you want to help find the next problem invaders that threaten our region's natural areas and parks? Take this workshop to learn how!

Register

Invasive Strike Force Survey: Guided Invasive Species Walk

June 7th, 2022 6:00 PM through  7:30 PM
The New Weis Center for Education, Arts & Recreation
150 Snake Den Rd, Ringwood, NJ 07456

Are you an Invasives Strike Force Surveyor who would like to hone your ID skills in the field? Interested in getting some extra help with our survey protocols and procedures? Come join us for a guided walk that focuses on this year's invasive species survey list.

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