The Outsmart Invasive Species Project
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.
Want to learn more?
Check out the Outsmart Invasive Species video on YouTube.
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.
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.
Stay up to date
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.