What is EDDMapS?
EDDMapS (Early Detection and Distribution Mapping System) is a web-based mapping system for documenting invasive species and pest distribution. It is fast, easy to use, and doesn't require Geographic Information Systems experience. Launched in 2005 by the Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health at the University of Georgia, it was originally designed as a tool for state Exotic Pest Plant Councils to develop more complete distribution data of invasive species. Since then, the program has expanded to include the entire U.S. and Canada, and expanded to document biological control agents and certain native pest species.
EDDMapS' goal is to maximize the effectiveness and accessibility of the immense numbers of invasive species and pest observations recorded each year. As of February 2021, EDDMapS has over 5.1 million records.