While the majority of our work deals with rare and sensitive species, ORBIC is also involved with ranking and tracking invasive species.
ORBIC has partnered with Metro, the West Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District, the Oregon Invasive Species Council, and others
to centralize invasive species information for Oregon. These locations are shared through the online tool, iMapInvasives.
iMapInvasives is an online, GIS-based invasive species reporting and querying tool developed through a partnership between The Nature Conservancy, NatureServe,
the New York Natural Heritage Program, and Florida Natural Areas Inventory, with many other collaborators. It is focused on the need for land managers, regional planners,
and others who are working to prevent, control or manage invasive species to have locational information for where invasives are found.
iMap also places an emphasis on developing functionality to aid in early detection, rapid response efforts.
To access point distribution maps, view detailed observation records, enter sightings online, run reports and queries, and otherwise take full advantage of the iMapInvasives site, you will
need to request a login.
General iMapInvasives References
What is iMapInvasives? A one-page flier describing the platform.
iMap Frequently Asked Questions: An overview of current iMap functionality, user levels, submitting and downloading data,
and relationship to other invasive species resources such as the Oregon Invasive Species Hotline and WeedMapper. (PDF document, 41 KB)
iMap Functionality by User Level: Chart detailing permissions for different user levels on iMapInvasives. Permissions are
generally cumulative, with each higher user level obtaining another level of access. (PDF document, 32 KB)
Oregon iMapInvasives Press Release: Official announcement of the Oregon iMapInvasives launch. Provides a good background on
how iMapInvasives was selected by the Oregon Invasive Species Council, how it relates to other Oregon invasives infrastructure, and some initial partner responses. (PDF document, 78 KB)
Oregon Watersheds - HUC 8: Map of HUC 8 watersheds in Oregon with their names. iMapInvasives allows querying by these watersheds; this provides
an easy reference to locate and identify your watershed of interest. (PDF document, 951 KB)
iMapInvasives as a Collaboration Tool. Gives a general overview of iMapInvasives, record types, queries, and
reporting with screen shots. Details the use of iMapInvasives by the Upper Willamette Knotweed Partnership as a way to share data across jurisdictional boundaries. (PDF, 2.3 MB)
Invasive Species Mapping with iMapInvasives. An introduction to invasive species, their economic and ecological
impacts, and how to use iMapInvasives to record invasive species observations. (PDF, 1.4 MB)
The Vermont iMapInvasives program has produced some excellent training videos. Since iMapInvasives uses the same platform for all participating states, the training is applicable to the Oregon site as well
Additionally, each of the videos below can be downloaded in WRF format (WebEx video) or WMV (Windows Media video). The WRF files are accessed by clicking on the title of the video. These are
higher quality than the WMV files as they are the original recordings, but require WebEx Player to view, available to download for free. The WMV files play on
Windows Media Player, which comes with Windows operating software,
or can be downloaded for free from Microsoft.
Please note: these videos were made with an earier version of iMapInvasives, so the site will look different when you sign on. Much of the functionality and general
outlay will be the same, but there will be differences.
Video: Log In to iMap; User Profile (2 MB). The basics on getting to iMap, logging in, editing your user profile, and how to
change your password. (alt: WMV video file, 5 MB)
Video: Map Orientation (8 MB). Overview of map functionality, layers, generating species distributions.
(alt: WMV file, 19 MB).
Video: Show and Query Observation Points (5 MB). How to view and query point observations of invasive species on iMap.
User Level 1 and higher required to see points. (alt: WMV video file, 11 MB).
Video: Generating reports from iMap (4 MB). How to view preset reports summarizing the data within iMap, or generate custom reports from
data that you have entered (data entry available at the Level 2 user level and up). (alt: WMV video file, 5 MB)
Video: Entering data online (5 MB). How to map an invasive species observation point through iMap's online
data entry system. User Level 2 permissions and above required for data entry access. (WMV video file, 9MB)
One-page descriptions of the core functionalities currently available in iMapInvasvies: Observation,,
Assessment, and Treatment. (all are MS Word 2003 documents less than 40 KB)
Guide to Creating an Assessment Record. How to associate assessment data (area covered, distribution of species, etc.)
with an observation point. Includes screenshots. (PDF, 818 KB)
Guide to Entering a Treatment Record. How to enter a treatment polygon and associated data (target species, method of control,
associated crew or costs, etc.). Includes screenshots. (PDF, 603 KB)
iMapInvasives Projects Guide. Describes projects in iMapInvasives, how to request a project to be set up, how to use a project
to track and share data with project partners. (PDF, 576 KB)
Custom Query Guide. Describes how to view points on the map using the custom query tool and describes the custom observation
query tool available from the home page. Both use a similar interface, but allow different types of queries or different ways to view results. (PDF, 732 KB)
E-Mail Alerts. Describes how to create an e-mail alert. These allow you to be notified of new observations of species in your
area of interest. (PDF, 699 KB)