Best Practices and Tools for an Urban Forest Invasive Citizen Monitoring Program (10-DG-11420004-007)
The health of our nation's urban forests is at risk due to the rapid spread of invasive pests. One of the most important resources available in the battle against invasives to urban forests is the citizen scientist. While citizen scientists are used successfully in many programs, best practices and tools to aid others in deploying them is lacking. By drawing from existing citizen monitoring programs (CMPs) across the nation, we plan to research, develop, implement and share 1) best practices for creating CMPs for multiple species and 2) tools to manage program data. Both the practices and tools will be tested through the development of a model invasive CMP in Vermont.
Katherine A. Forrer
University of Vermont Extension
617 Comstock Road Suite 5
Berlin, VT 05602
Best Management Practices (BMPs)