Are you interested in identifying invasive plant species and trees? Do you want to use technology to document your discoveries?

The Arkansas Forest Resources Center, Forest Health Laboratory is seeking help in locating and identifying invasive plants.

University of Arkansas at Monticello associate professor Mohammad Bataineh is asking outdoor enthusiasts to locate and make observations of the presence of invasive plant species. The project needs people willing to locate, and make observations regarding invasive plant species.

People who are willing to identify, photograph, and record information about plant species will enjoy the project.

Bataineh said, “The project will focus on mapping and monitoring the distribution expansion of invasive populations.”

Invasives are those non-native species that result in ecological or economical loss or damage Invasive species are a growing burden on Arkansas's and the nation's economy with a $120 billion a year in economic cost.

Arkansans’ participation and contributions are of great value in protecting forests and resources. All observations will be verified and compiled into a shareable map. By using the iNaturalist app people can check on how their observations are being used.

Participants will need a smartphone with internet access to a free app. If you are interested, download the iNaturalist free app and create an account. Once registered, start logging observations and associate them with project "Invasive Plants of The Natural State.”

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