*The agenda is set (see the attached flyer) and the sign-up is live (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/heartland-cisma-annual-invasives-workshop-2014-registration-10545089647?ref=estw ) for the March 5th annual Central Florida Invasive Species Workshop. As you can see in the attached, there are a lot of great speakers to catch us all up on nonnative fish, animals and beetles as well as new plants and biocontrols. Especially check out the breakout sessions with a panel discussion about how to have successful projects working with contractors or hands-on plant identification. We are fortunate to again have generous sponsors- Southeastern Chemtreat, Kleinfelder, Kissimmee Valley Forester and groundlevel- to provide lunch for attendees and Polk County Natural Resource Extension Agent, Shannon McGee, is working on providing us CEUs. Sign up early because I think it’ll fill up quickly! You must RSVP to attend.
*Please forgive any duplication, but I thought you’d be interested in these BMP resources from Cal-IPC: A year ago we notified you that we had completed prevention BMP manuals for land managers and for transportation and utility managers. They’ve been downloaded a couple thousand times since then, and lots of hard copies have been distributed as well. We recently completed a related product: a 42-minute training video that covers the basics of cleaning, disturbance, planning and awareness. The video draws from both BMP manuals, and features presenters from the state Dept. of Transportation, a power utility, and a water utility, as well as land managers working on restoration. The video can help reach folks that may not pick up a manual, and it can be used in training settings to start a discussion about practices in your organization. Take a look at our webpage for the video where you can see a trailer and order the DVD ($10 each to cover our production costs). Have a great spring!
*FLEPPC (Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council) and the Florida Chapter of The Wildlife Society (FLTWS) are teaming up again this year to provide a bonanza spring conference with the theme Breaking Bad: gaining ground on invasives in the 21st century. The conference will be April 28-May 1 and paper and poster submissions are due March 15. More info is here: http://www.fltws.org/2014springconference and I hope you can make it!
*The East Central Florida and Central Florida CISMAs are teaming up to provide their own workshop on Friday, March 7th at Lyonia Preserve. Attached is the agenda and if you’re interested, please RSVP to email@example.com!
*Don’t forget the monthly CISMA call on Wed., February 26th from 1:30-2:30 (more at http://www.floridainvasives.org/cismas.html).
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