The Invasive Plant Management Decision Analysis Tool (IPMDAT) helps natural resource managers to determine if an invasive plant control project is likely to be successful and if it warrants an investment of their agency’s or organizations resources.
To justify spending resources on an invasive plant control project:
In practice, it is often difficult to decide if all these criteria are met. The IPMDAT helps guide the decision to control or not to control. Using this tool makes decisions on invasive plant control more transparent, understandable, and fully documented and ensures that resources will be used effectively.
The IPMDAT is comprised of four steps and takes approximately two hours to complete. The first step is entering in project background information, include project goals and objectives. Secondly, the user determines if the impact or harm caused by an invasive plant warrants control and selects appropriate control strategy based on the plant’s abundance and distribution.
The IPMDAT contains three potential control strategies: eradication, containment, and suppression:
Third, the user determines whether the project is feasible given the socio-political environment, biological attributes of the plant, effectiveness of control methods, risk of non-target impacts and unintended consequences. The final step is completing a financial analysis and assessing the return on investment.
The completion of the IPMDAT results in one of four possible outcomes.
When the IPMDAT is completed, a report is produced summarizing the results and answers to each of the questions in the tool. The summary report can be saved as a Microsoft XPS file or Adobe PDF. This report can be easily shared with senior managers and other natural resource managers. In addition, IPMDAT records for which the creator has granted permission to share the data will be stored in iMapInvasives. iMapInvasives users in participating states/provinces will be able to view and query stored IPMDAT records.