DFW Invasive Species


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Early Detection and Rapid Response (EDRR)

Early detection and rapid response (EDRR) is a key tenet of invasive species management, where “detection” is the process of observing and documenting an invasive species, and “response” is the process of reacting to the detection once the organism has been authoritatively identified and response options have been assessed. (DOI) 

EDRR provides general resources for detection methods for invasive species and coordinated responses to these threats. EDRR can stop the spread of new and emerging invasive species before they become established. It is one of the most cost-effective and ecologically viable methods for controlling invasive species and is well worth the effort to protect natural and agricultural resources. (NISC) 

A highly effective EDRR-Network in the U.S. Virgin Islands would fall upon the following principles.