Tuesday, March 24, 2015

what we did, what you think we should be doing, and what else is coming up

Hi all,  Heartland CISMA items are helpfully highlighted:


·         The Heartland CISMA needs YOU! to verify EDDMapS reports. What does it mean to be a verifier? Details: http://www.eddmaps.org/training/HowtoVerifyarecordinEDDMapS.pdf , with the idea that a verifier is signing up to make sure a record gets verified, but that they may have to reach out to others in their CISMA for field assistance or technical assistance. We need verifiers for DeSoto, Hardee, Highlands, Polk and Okeechobee Counties. Contact me or coordinator@floridainvasives.org by April 1, 2015. If you’ve been a verifier, just reconfirm and we’ll be sure you’re on the official list.






·         Air potato beetle story in Bok Tower Gardens newsletter by Katrina Nowland: Good Beetles, Bad Vines at http://boktowergardens.cmail20.com/t/r-l-qdhhrjt-ikhrdjlduu-j/

·         Seeking leaf material from water lettuce: Paul Madeira, USDA researcher, will provide the sampling method (only 1 leaf is required), desiccant and return postage. His research is to determine, through molecular taxonomic studies, if Pistia statiotes is native to Florida or not. If you have water lettuce and want to participate, please contact him at:  Paul Madeira, Paul.Madeira@ars.usda.gov , 954-475-6553

·         Attached are the draft annual report and a new format for summing up what we did in 2014 (thanks to the infographic idea from Brendan Myers and the execution from Sarah Lingwall). Send me any additions or edits by April 1, 2015 and thanks for doing such great work together!

·         The 5th annual Central Florida Invasive Species Workshop at Circle B Bar  was a hit as part of National Invasive Species Awareness Week with 62 registered attendees, with lots of positive feedback about the variety of topics. Pdfs of the talks are now posted to our website (http://www.floridainvasives.org/heartland/ ), in case you missed it or want to revisit. As soon as the tegu track ID sheet that Tessie Offner shared with participants of the breakout session, that will be posted too. Thanks to Wells Fargo/NFWF, GroundLevel, Kleinfelder, Kissimmee Valley Forester, Bok Tower Gardens, and Lake Kissimmee State Park for the lunch, snacks and fabulous door prizes! Send any topic or speaker ideas for next year’s workshop in any time. It’s never too early.

·         Changes to Polk County Pesticide Applicator license testing schedule: http://polksmallfarms.com    

·         National Invasive Species Awareness Week (NISAW) webinars  If you missed them, recordings are available:

·  National Association of Invasive Plant Councils Webinars (including yours truly talking about the Central Florida Lygodium Strategy, hatched in the Heartland CISMA, among the first day’s offerings focused on LANDSCAPE-SCALE INVASIVE PLANT CONTROL PROJECTS)

·  Environmental Law Institute Webinar (Invasive Species and Climate Change: Addressing the Intersecting Drivers of Ecosystem Transformation)

·         2015 FWC / IFAS Research Review for Invasive Plants in Florida - If you missed it, pdfs of talks are available: http://plants.ifas.ufl.edu/node/746 .

·        Invasive Plant Best Management Practices- Live Webinar sponsored by: USDA Forest Service, Sustainable Forests Roundtable on Mar 24, 2015 1:00 pm-2:00 pm. Sign up or find out more: http://www.sustainableforestswebinars.net/webinars/invasive-plant-best-management-practices

·         The Wildlife Society’s Invasive Species Working Group’s February 2015 newsletter is now available: http://drupal.wildlife.org/invasive/sites/wildlife.org.invasive/files/TWS_ISWG_Newsletter_February_2015Twitter200optimized.pdf

·         Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council (FLEPPC) Annual Symposium will be held April 8th–10th at the Crowne Plaza Oceanfront in Melbourne, Florida.

·         Annual Florida CISMA session will be held at this conference on Friday, April 10 from 8am to noon. All CISMA members are welcome. For the 9th year, Florida’s CISMA leads and members will meet at the FLEPPC symposium to jointly focus on issues that cross all CISMA boundaries. This year, we will continue our efforts to effectively develop and use early detection rapid response plant lists and to collectively plan for statewide survey’s. All are welcome, this is not a “sit a listen” session, but an active engagement, full-on discussion to collectively continue to advance our success with using local partnerships to address the threat of invasive species in Florida. Think locally – Act Neighborly – Invasive Species Know No Boundaries and Neither Do We!

·         Ten Strategies for Working with Your Home Owner Association to Convert to a Florida-Friendly Yard http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ep513

·         Fire History of Avon Park Air Force Range: Evidence from Tree Rings, Dr. Jean Huffman, Monday MAY 4th; 2:00 PM at Avon Park Air Force Range, Administration Building (Building 29). For any questions, please contact Steve Orzell at 863 452 4152 or steve.orzell@us.af.mil

·         SAVE THE DATE reminder: Exotic Pet Amnesty Day, May 16th – This will be held at Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee in coordination with Osceola CISMA.

·         Reminder: Free Florida Chapter of The Wildlife Society membership: for new members http://www.fltws.org/renewjoin/

·         For a little post-NISAW humor, check out this interview with the European green crab (Carcinus maenas):


or the Burmese python: http://grist.org/article/meet-the-invasives-burmese-python-will-eat-your-cat-wont-apologize/


Cheryl Millett

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