Prior to 2010, APIPP relied on hand written data sheets for its Phragmites monitoring and management data collection. In 2010 APIPP transitioned to using electronic data forms in TNC’s Weed Information Management System (WIMS), allowing for an increase in the efficiency of data collection, better organization and quality control of data, and the ability to perform long-term trend analyses. In 2015, APIPP purchased ruggedized android tablets to replace Trimble GPS units for data collection. APIPP hopes to transition away from WIMS to an updated invasive species management data collection system over the coming years.
Although it is a challenge to standardize data for sharing, APIPP submits its data to New York’s iMap invasives database, to contribute to the broader-scale documentation of invasive species in the state.
APIPP documents management trends over time with trend graphs, and uses this data to adapt management strategies. Although data processing and analysis can be time consuming, the benefits in terms of adaptive management are worthwhile.