Organizing Tools

Client: University of Vermont ExtensionThe Nature ConservancyVermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation

Project Team: DanielBillT.J.

Have you seen purple boxes hanging in trees or teams wading through marshes, pulling up plants? Several groups around Vermont are taking on invasive plants and pests to maintain the State’s native species populations. We worked with the lead Invasives team, representing UVM Extension, Vermont’s Department of Forests, Parks, & Recreation, and The Nature Conservancy, to put together an online base to support the effort.

Vermont Invasives provides a clearinghouse for invasive species in the Green Mountain State. The website integrates information from Extension’s tree pest First Detector system and TNC’s community-based work on invasive-plant removal.

Beyond providing helpful information for Vermont residents, this site is an action oriented organizing hub. Several partnerships around the state are able to feature their work, advertise events, post news, and communicate with their members through an email list. Leaders within each group are able to log into the site and use the tools to move their work forward without waiting for a moderator. Volunteer hours and activities can be tracked through online forms and First Detectors can submit samples they discover, quickly getting the information to the correct lab. We also set up a free newsletter service through Mailchimp, providing an easy way to promote updates and opportunities to everyone interested in invasive species.

Tamarack has been exceptional at listening to our needs. The ultimate product is beautiful and useful!
Sharon Plumb, Invasive Species Coordinator @ The Nature Conservancy

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