Help stop the spread of invasive weeds by reporting them! If you think you have spotted a high priority weed from the EDRR list, here’s what you do:
Step 1: Recording Information About an EDRR Sighting
If you suspect you have found a species you think we should know about, record as much information about the plant and the site as possible. The most important things to collect at a suspected sighting are listed below. If you can’t collect all of the following information, please record as much as possible. The more information you record, the more likely it is that we will be able to find the reported site again.
- Take a picture of the plant: Include something to show scale (a ruler or a common object like a quarter) and close-ups of distinctive features of the plant.
- A written description of the plant: Flower color, shape and size, leaf shape size, does the plant have fibers, etc.
- Location information: GPS coordinates are the best but detailed written directions to the site work if you don’t have a GPS. Information such as the closest intersection or mile marker, or how far past a trail or bridge crossing as well as nearby landmarks is most helpful.
- Size of infestation: How many feet wide and how many feet long is the weed patch?
Step 2: Reporting an EDRR sighting
There are a two ways to report your EDRR sighting:
- Online: oregoninvasiveshotline.org
The easiest and preferred reporting method is through the Online Oregon Invasive Species Hotline. Log on to the website oregoninvasiveshotline.org and click on the ‘Report Now’ button. This website is structured to easily allow anyone to report the species and location of invasive plants and animals across the state. If reports are made for locations in our district, these reports are forwarded to us.
- Phone: (503) 784-6069
If we don’t catch your call, please leave a message on how we can contact you to talk about your sighting.
What We Will Do
If a species from the EDRR list or our high-priority list is reported to us, we will contact the landowner and visit the reported site to verify the species. If warranted, we will then create an action plan to determine the most effective response and begin control on the species as soon as possible.