Florida Invasive Plants iPhone App

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Invasive Plants App Screen @ National Park Service

Invasive Plants App Screen © 2011 University of Georgia Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem

 

Florida Travel Guide: Invasive Plants iPhone App

Now you can report an invasive plant while you’re traveling through Florida, using an iPhone App as your guide. The free IveGot1 app uploads your sighting direcly to local and state staff to review.

Built by the University of Georgia Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health, the app was a joint project between the National Park Service, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation and the University of Florida Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants.

Invasives Species

Non-native species are animals and plants that didn’t historically live in Florida, such as the barred owl or Florida largemouth bass. There are more than 500 nonnative fish and wildlife species in Florida and more than 1180 nonnative plant species. Non-native species can become invasive if they survive in the Florida environment and take root, start to spread and impact local populations. These infestations erode forests and wildlife habitat and aren’t only weeds but also trees, grasses and ferns.

The App

The app is based on an identification plant field guide published by the  U.S. Forest Service and has information on 56 nonnative plants that are encroaching on southern forests.

 

Invasive Plants App Screen © 2011 University of Georgia Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem

Invasive Plants App Screen © 2011 University of Georgia Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem

The app also includes recommendations to control species, in case you find them invading your backyard.

Invasive Plants App © © The University of Georgia - Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health

Invasive Plants App © © The University of Georgia - Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health

Tell us…

Would you download the app and help track invasive plants while on vacation?