Proceedings of the Workshop on Databases for Nonindigenous Plants, Gainesville, Florida, September 24-25, 1997
GEOLOGICAL SURVEY GAINESVILLE FL FLORIDA CARIBBEAN SCIENCE CENTER
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The spread of nonindigenous plants threatens biological diversity and the functioning of natural ecosystems through-out the United States. It imposes land management problems and costs to both public and private sectors. Spatial information on these species, such as where they occur, how much land they cover, and their range of spread, is currently managed by an array of independent and dissociated databases. Distribution information is instrumental for preventing and managing the spread of introduced plants. The Workshop on Databases for Nonindigenous Plants was organized in response to a need suggested by the Federal Interagency Committee for the Management of Noxious and Exotic Weeds FICMNEW to identify and pull together Federal and non-Federal programs involved in managing distribution data on nonindigenous plants. Twenty-two scientists and data managers assembled to present their programs and to discuss topics associated with the management of occurrence data. It is hoped that this gathering and associated catalog of databases may help promote interagency coordination in an effort to determine and track the expanding distribution of introduced plants.