AOWCP has begun using and promoting GLEDN for invasive species mapping in their region of Ohio. Regional programs like AOWCP are important contributors to invasive species control efforts. The data AOWCP will contribute will improve our understanding of where invasive species are and what invasive species are doing.
Here’s and introduction to AOWCP in their own words:
The Appalachian Ohio Weed Control Partnership (AOWCP) is cooperative weed management area (CWMA) that was formed on June 26th, 2012. The AOWCP is located in 16 counties of southeastern Ohio: Athens, Gallia, Hocking, Jackson, Lawrence, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Muskingum, Noble, Perry, Pike, Ross, Scioto, Vinton, and Washington counties. It consists of private landowners as well as local, state, federal, and private agencies and organizations working together to increase the awareness and control of invasive plants at a landscape level. By coordinating the efforts of these various land owners and managers, the AOWCP attempts to cross boundaries and deal with invasive plants at a broader scale.
The goals for the group are to: increase regional awareness of invasive plants, map invasive plant distributions, detect new invasives in early stages of invasion, strategically control invasive plants, obtain grants and funding sources, and to develop a strategic plan for establishing long-term direction and priorities for the group. These goals are accomplished by working with partners to promote land stewardship, conduct research, and exchange information about invasive plants. With an increasing network of partners, the AOWCP is able to pool resources, from a variety of sources, to combat invasive plant problems throughout the AOWCP boundaries.
If you are interested in learning more about AOWCP you can visit their website.