The Alaska Exotic Plants Information Clearinghouse (AKEPIC) is a database and mapping application that provide geospatial information for non-native plant species in Alaska and neighboring Canadian Territories. These products are the result of an ongoing cooperation among the U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of Natural Resources Plant Material Center, and Alaska Center for Conservation Science (ACCS) in support of the Alaska Committee for Noxious and Invasive Pest Management (CNIPM) and the Strategic Plan for Noxious and Invasive Plants Management in Alaska. ACCS administers the mapping application, database, and website associated with the project; project funding is granted by collaborators and contributed by users. These data are primarily intended to support the identification of problem species and infestations, thus promoting early detection and rapid response across Alaska and are additionally used in a variety of research and modeling activities.
ACCS tracks all non-native plants known to occur in Alaska. In addition, ACCS has compiled biographies for over half of the 350 non-native plant species that are known or likely to occur in Alaska. In collaboration with biologists, land managers, and weed scientists across the state, ACCS has developed an invasive plant ranking system that helps evaluate the potential invasiveness and impacts of non-native plants to natural areas in Alaska (Carlson et al. 2008). With funding support from the US Forest Service, the Alaska Association of Conservation Districts, and the University of Alaska, we have ranked approximately 170 non-native plant species to date.
Contact for AKEPIC
For questions or comments related to the AKEPIC project, procedures for collecting or submitting presence/absence data, or non-native plant identification or systematics, please contact Justin Fulkerson (primary contact). To submit data, please contact Nancy Norvell (data manager). The AKEPIC Data Entry Form and resources on submitting data to AKEPIC, conducting non-native plant surveys, and identification of non-native plants are available in Submit Data to AKEPIC.
Citation for AKEPIC Data
We suggest the following citation:
AKEPIC (Year). Alaska Exotic Plant Information Clearinghouse database (http://aknhp.uaa.alaska.edu/maps-js/integrated-map/akepic.php). Alaska Center for Conservation Science, University of Alaska, Anchorage. Accessed (Month, Date, Year).