The Workshop on Databases for Nonindigenous Plants brought together a unique group interested in documenting, tracking, and monitoring the spread of nonindigenous plants. The workshop focused on developing a clearer picture of how databases are being or could be used to document the range and spread of nonindigenous plant populations across the nation. Additionally, it highlighted the importance of needed interagency tools for exchanging information and how information exchange might improve the ability to better document and track these species. By providing a forum to present and discuss databases, an initial step was taken in improving recognition and communication among data managers. The workshop also resulted in a survey and inventory of databases to be used as a resource for administrators and data managers.
The workshop was presented by the Nonindigenous Aquatic Species Program of the U.S. Geological Survey's Biological Resources Division in Gainesville, Florida. Additional financial support was provided by the National Biological Information Infrastructure (NBII) program and publishing support by the National Wetlands Research Center, both also within the U.S. Geological Survey's Biological Resources Division.
The workshop was intended to identify and develop an understanding of programs focused on managing spatial data on nonindigenous plant species. The primary objectives were:
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U.S. Department of the Interior
U.S. Geological Survey
Biological Resources Division