Early Detection of Invasive Species Monitoring
Early detection of invasive species is part of the Inventory and Monitoring (I&M) program established by the National Park Service. New River Gorge National River is under the jurisdiction of the Eastern Rivers and Mountains Network (ERMN), who classify and update invasive species that pose serious threats to a park's ecosystem. Monitoring invasive species of concern is a preventive method that decreases the likelihood that invasive pests will become established in new areas. This surveillance monitoring can be done with the help of NPS crews, cooperators, resource managers, volunteers, and visitors. See the pictures below for forest pests and plant species on the early detection list for New River Gorge National River.
Oplismenus hirtellus ssp. undulatifolius
Last updated: September 8, 2017