· Heartland CISMA air potato beetle biocontrol project idea for this summer: Dave Butcher of the Florida Forest Service asked if we could do a CISMA release of air potato beetles. Eric Rohrig of FFS says he’s interested but wants to know the scale. If you’re interested in having this happen, let me know by Tuesday, May 20th so I can get an idea of how many sites we’re talking about. Tell me the site name and location. The timing of release will depend on how many sites are interested in participating and how we do this. They would require 1 month notice (average beetle development time from egg to adult) for release on multiple sites at once or we could get a few hundred once or twice a week for a few weeks, which would require less notice. Once we decide who’s interested, we’ll figure out which way to go (big bang or extended release).
· Don’t forget the West Central Upland Working Group RANKING MEETING will be Wednesday May 21st at Circle B Bar Reserve starting at 10:30 am. Contact Tabitha Biehl for more info at office: 863-534-7377, cell: 863-899-8157
Circle B Bar Reserve
4399 Winter Lake Road
Lakeland, Fl 33803
· The Heartland CISMA priority EDRR species list (those species eligible for FWC EDRR Strike Team work for easy-to-access infestations <10 ac, in addition to cogon grass and climbing ferns) will be posted this week as a quick link on our homepage at: http://www.floridainvasives.org/heartland/ There is at least one project in our CISMA that is using this strike team this year, a great resource that you can apply for year-round.
· Finally, a job opening below with FWC. Remember, if you have anything to share with the group, send it on in!
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