An effective program for “early detection, rapid response” will incorporate these seven important steps.

  1. Identify. Both scientists and lay people are taught to identify problem plants.
  2. Report. Online tools make it easy to submit information on a sighting.
  3. Verify. Scientists validate reports of suspected invasive species.
  4. Review. Data is used to keep tabs on the geography of an infestation – where the invasive weed has been spotted and how quickly it is spreading.
  5. Assess. Experts evaluate the risk of the infestation to natural ecosystems, crops and the economy.
  6. Establisha plan. An integrated plan is developed for managing the infestation.
  7. Rapidly respond. The plan is quickly implemented and there is ongoing monitoring to gauge the effectiveness of control efforts.

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