Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Heartland CISMA priorities call next Tue, 5/26 at 3:30, Exotic Pet Amnesty Day update, EDRR weed decks news, other events

Hi all, 5 items, last one about next Tuesday’s phone call that you are all invited to participate in:


1)      Exotic Pet Amnesty Day final tally: the Heartland/Osceola CISMA Exotic Pet Amnesty Day had 83 animals surrendered with an adoption event to end the day- check HeartlandCISMA social media for photos. Fantastic for our first year!


2)      Priority EDRR weed decks are in!: Thanks to the NFWF/Wells Fargo Foundation grant, we were able to go in with the Osceola CISMA to produce priority EDRR weed ID and treatment decks and, after lots of hard work from your priority species committee to set the species, and Cody Miller with the Osceola CISMA and Karen Brown with UF/IFAS to get the photos and treatment info together, they are now printed and look great. We’ll organize a meeting to hand them out this soon, or contact me to get them another way. These are laminated ID decks held together by a ring, can fit in your pocket, and are a handy tool for identifying those EDRR species that you don’t see very often.


3)    Next monthly CISMA Online Meeting/Call next Wednesday, April 22nd at 1:30pm EST – hosted by Florida Invasive Species Partnership (FISP), contact Rose Godfrey at coordinator@floridainvasives.org to get more information (and to get on the Florida CISMA list if you’re not already on it. Participation is voluntary, we promise it will only last 1 hour, and we can guarantee that you will enjoy the conversations


4)      Upcoming events at neighboring Lake County CISMA: -details from Brooke Moffis at burnb48@ufl.edu


a.       Next CISMA meeting on July 30th at 2:00 PM at the Trout Lake Nature Center.  Gregg Walker an invasive plant research scientist from Florida Natural Areas Inventory will discuss Early Detection Rapid Response (EDRR) lists and what they can do for you, and his role in our local CISMA, followed with a business meeting.

b.      August 20th a Forest Stewardship Workshop with available CEUs, partnering with Chris Demers from UF/IFAS.


5)      How would you like invasives prioritized in the Heartland CISMA? Participate by WebEx on Tues., May 26th from 3:30-4:30 (details below). You’ll remember Deb Stone developed a GIS model to prioritize invasives treatment at the Disney Wilderness Preserve, and she’d now like to apply that approach at the Heartland CISMA level. Deb: The Spatial Invasive Infestation and Priority Analysis (SIIPA) Model can be customized for the Heartland CISMA to prioritize invasive species populations for coordinated workdays, outreach, etc.  At our WebEx meeting, I will review the model and then we will discuss as a group (and YOU will decide) how to score the different characteristics, rankings, etc.   We should be able to get through everything in about 30 minutes, but I will set aside an hour in case we have a lively discussion.  If you can’t make the meeting, feel free to send me your thoughts separately and I will incorporate them as best as I can.  Thanks a lot and have a great day! Attached are 2 documents with the choices on prioritizing characteristics for us to make and the candidate list of species.

Deb Stone

Invasive Plant Program Supervisor

St. Johns River Water Management District

4049 Reid Street, Palatka, FL 32177

Office: (386) 643-1921


Website: Floridaswater.com



Topic: Heartland CISMA SIIPA model
Date: Tuesday, May 26, 2015
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