Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Heartland CISMA: annual workshop and Exotic Pet Amnesty Day fliers, invitation to steer the CISMA ship, and FLEPPC symposium starting tomorrow!




1)      The Heartland CISMA 6th annual Central Florida Invasive Species Workshop- Attached is the SAVE THE DATE flier for Tuesday, May 24th at Circle B Bar Reserve. We're still firming up the agenda, soiIf you are interested in presenting or know someone else who you'd like to hear from, fill out the attached application for presentations. The Eventbrite sign-up is on the flier and HERE!.


2)      The next Heartland CISMA steering committee meeting, Tuesday, April 5, 10am-noon at Circle B, and you are invited!- Attached are the notes from the recent March 1st meeting, where you can see all the great work and even brainier new ideas we came up with (SNEAK PREVIEW of workshops to be in the upcoming year!). It will end at noon. We want your practical, creative, analytical minds there. There will be a reminder closer to the date, but put it on your calendar now!


3)      National Invasive Species Awareness Week was February 21-27, 2016. Thank you, Brendan Myers, for the pumped-up Heartland CISMA social media! On Facebook (HeartlandCISMA), Twitter (@heartlandcisma), and now Instagram (Heartlandcisma), be sure to follow and like. I'll be posting from the first day of the FLEPPC Symposium tomorrow- don't miss it.


4)      SAVE THE DATE! 2nd annual Exotic Pet Amnesty Day, Saturday, May 14th- Attached is the flier to share and post! Last year we joined the Osceola CISMA and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to get an Exotic Pet Amnesty Day in central Florida at the Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee and had so many exotic pets surrendered to be adopted out that day that we decided to do it again. We're currently working on nailing down the details and welcome your help in what is sure to be another fascinating day with lots of exotic animals and exhibitors. Put this tentative date on your calendar and get in touch if you'd like to help before or during this event. We will keep you posted when we've got the date set and the Eventbrite sign-up ready.



5)      The Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council Annual Conference is this week: March 9th–11th in Melbourne, Florida. This year's theme: Brown is the New Green For more information

6)      Annual FLEPPC CISMA Session Planning Session! March 11, 2016 from 1-4 pm. It is a non concurrent session as requested.


7)      Downloadable presentations from the Southwest Florida Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area annual workshop last month: http://floridainvasives.org/southwest/20thAnnualInvasiveSpeciesWorkshop/index.cfm/


8)      Monthly CISMA Online meeting next week-  Wednesday, March 23rd at 1:30pm. Email Rose Godfrey at coordinator@floridainvasives.org if you need to know how to log in or call in. Always 1 hour of great information!



9)      Pesticide Emergencies: Fires and Spills  Although accidents and emergencies involving pesticides are rare, unfortunately they do occur. Pesticide fires or spills can result in water, soil, and air contamination; damage to plants; injury to livestock, wildlife, or pets; and can endanger the health of the applicator and other people. Those using pesticides must be prepared to respond to fires and spills as emergencies and act promptly and correctly. This six-page fact sheet explains how to reduce fire and spill hazards and what to do if a fire or spill should occur. Written by Frederick M. Fishel, and published by the Agronomy Department.




10)   Florida Forest Service currently has an opening for a full-time OPS Agricultural Technician position treating invasive exotics on state lands at the Lake Wales Ridge State Forest located in Frostproof, Florida.  If you know anyone who would be interested please have them contact Jennifer Heller by phone -(863) 589-0539- or e-mail (Jennifer.Heller@freshfromflorida.com).  


11)   St Johns River Water Management District is looking for a Program Manager to supervise the south half of the District's Land Management Program including invasive plant management. This position may be located in Palm Bay or Maitland with minimum $57,678.40. For more information or go to the District's website at Floridaswater.com


12)   South Florida Water Management District is looking for a Scientist 4 in the Land Stewardship Section and performs a variety of duties to assure District-owned lands are properly managed for recreational and ecological purposes. This position may be located at St. Cloud or Orlando with a minimum $54,371.20. For more information


Cheryl Millett

(863) 635-7506, ext. 205 (Office)

(863) 604-3352 (Cell) 
(863) 635-6456 (Fax)


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