New Technology Helps Backcountry Hunters Spot Invasive Species

The following press release is courtesy of Wildlife Forever: 

White Bear Lake, MN – Hunters venturing into National Forests this
fall are encouraged to keep a keen eye out for harmful non-native
plants and animals using Wild Spotter™. Launched in partnership
with the USDA Forest Service, University of Georgia and Wildlife
Forever, Wild Spotter helps identify, map and report invasive species
to better assist the Forest Service with managing public lands.

In just over six months, Wild Spotter has been downloaded and used by
hundreds of people hunting, fishing, hiking or simply exploring
national forests. Field reports of invasive species are coming in to
managers on a regular basis, helping to locate problem areas.
Endorsed by dozens of conservation groups from around the country,
the program leverages countless tools such as a free mobile app,
Facebook page, website and training materials for anyone to become an
official “Wild Spotter”.

“Our public lands under attack. Invasive species are contributing to
fires and habitat loss around the country. Sportsmen and women have
long been on the front lines of conservation so Wild Spotter is a
perfect stewardship program to use to engage and protect our favorite
places,” said Pat Conzemius, Executive Vice President of Wildlife
Forever.

Wild Spotter demand is growing. Piloted on twelve National Forests
from coast to coast, Wild Spotter appeals to citizen scientists,
recreationists, volunteer groups, and youth clubs venturing outdoors
and looking to help protect their favorite wild places from aquatic
and terrestrial invasive species. New ‘wild places’ and partner
organizations can join the Wild Spotter program at any time.  Looking
to learn more and become an official Wild Spotter? Visit the website
at www.WildSpotter.org –
http://cts.vresp.com/c/?WildlifeForever/0774b02178/0c622bb775/a32a8b5e4d
and follow along on Facebook.  Download the free Wild Spotter app
for Apple and Android devices.

About Wildlife Forever (WF): Wildlife Forever’s mission is to
conserve America’s wildlife heritage through conservation education,
preservation of habitat and management of fish and wildlife. As a
non-profit, 501c3 charity for over 30 years, WF supporters have
donated millions of dollars in all 50 states plus Canada, to conduct
fish, game and habitat conservation projects. By investing resources
on the ground, recent audits reveal 94% of every dollar supports our
conservation mission. Please Join Today!  To become involved and
learn more about the award-winning programs, including work to engage
America’s youth, visit www.WildlifeForever.org –

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