Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Heartland CISMA: 10/27 steering committee meeting, HalloWeed, new EDRR species, upcoming Osceola CISMA training and lots of information

Hi all,  18 items, including three from the Heartland CISMA, other events, requests for info and lots of new info. Remember to like and follow us on Facebook (HeartlandCISMA), Twitter (@heartlandcisma), and now Instagram (Heartlandcisma) thanks to Brendan Myers!




1)      The next Heartland CISMA steering committee meeting is this Thursday, October 27th, 10am-noon at Circle B, and you are invited!-  Even if you haven't attended before, we'd love to see you. It will end at noon. We want your practical, creative, analytical minds there. This is where such great ideas as the recent sold-out Aquatic Workshop are cooked up. All are welcome and there is no obligation when you attend. We hope to see you next week!


2)       HalloWeed is happening NOW through November 6th! Spooky!  Attached is a flier for HalloWeed. Print and share since it is happening NOW. The goal is to get more good points reported in EDDMapS so we have a better understanding of invasive distribution in our CISMA. If you want to give a presentation to a group and show them how to download the IveGot1 app and/or enter data, there are training presentations on the right here: . This is the perfect time to get your own data in there too!




3)      Speaking of EDDMapS data, here are two recent alerts for new plants found in our CISMA-

Tropical nutrush (Scleria microcarpa)- Attached is a tentative ID guide for distinguishing the new EDRR species, tropical nutrush (I'll send out the Weed Alert with official info as soon as it comes out). This was spotted around Lake Hatchineha in Osceola and Polk Counties and there may be a survey workday for Lake Kissimmee soon- stay tuned.

4775714 twoleaf nightshade (Solanum diphyllum) - Polk County, Florida, United States Observed on September 21, 2016




4)      The Biology, Diagnosis, and Epidemiology of Oak Wilt in the Southeastern U.S. a webinar this Wed., October 26th at 1pm about the identification, biology, and management of oak wilt, with emphasis on the southeastern U.S by the Southern Regional Extension Forestry / Forest Health and Invasive Species Program.


5)      Monthly CISMA Online meeting-  Wednesday, October 26th at 1:30pm. Email Rose Godfrey at if you need to know how to log in or call in. Always 1 hour of great information! This month's agenda:

·        News you can use: What to do after you kill the weeds - Nancy Bissett

·        CISMA Update: Surprise CISMA update

·        Shout Outs:  Fourth Call on Adobe Connect (new platform), 3rd Annual Fall HalloWeed Count, Annual CISMA Lead Refresher Course, FLEPPC CISMA Session topics, Upcoming and recent FISP/CISMA events, NISAW.

For presentations from previous calls:

6)      Social Media for Science Communication: Enhancing your audience engagement and using social media analytics, a webinar this Thursday, October 27, 2016, 2:00-3:00 p.m. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

7)      Osceola CISMA ID training opportunity, November 19th. The free, short training opportunity will focus on EDRR and top priority species for Osceola County. The class is 90 minutes and will offer one CEU for either natural areas or right or ways. Again the class is free and open to anyone. It will be held November 19th at the extension building at Osceola Heritage park. There is no pre-signup, but to receive CEUs you will need to arrive and be signed in prior to the 9am start time. Please see the attached informational Flyer.



8)      Ivy gourd sightings- Here in the Big Scrub CISMA, we are seeing this plant more and more around gas stations…………oh no ivy gourd!  Often these medicinal/edible plants from other countries are planted for easy access by people who don't have yards of their own.  One more problem.  They pop up in our community gardens also and then the wildlife takes them away.  Apparently it's on the EDRR list for the Suncoast CISMA.  Is anyone else seeing this thing popping up? Ben Gugliotti, Lake County Water Authority,  

9)      Milletia pinnate info- I am working on a re-assessment for Milletia pinnate (formerly Pongamia). I need expert information on populations of this tree in south florida. Information needed includes ecological impacts, management costs, number and size of populations, etc.  Attached is the questionnaire to fill out. And as always, I truly appreciate your help with this. The IFAS Assessment relies on your input!!! Deah Lieurance – UF.



10)   2016-2018 National Invasive Species Council (NISC) Management Plan! The document is available for viewing and downloading In conjunction with the release of the NISC Management Plan, the NISC Co-Chairs have issued a Call to Action - the first post of many that will become available on the NISC Secretariat's What Matters blog. The Call to Action is available at:

11)   Weed Risk Assessments from USDA-The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture routinely conducts weed risk assessments (WRAs) as part of its ongoing mission to protect US plant resources. A weed risk assessment is a science-based evaluation of the potential of a plant species to establish, spread, and cause harm in agricultural and natural systems. We post completed WRAs on our website for transparency, but also so that stakeholders may use them as resources in their own programs and activities. To access these WRAs, please visit our website.

You may sign up with the APHIS Stakeholder Registry to receive messages when we complete and post new WRAs to our website. The Registry allows anyone who can access the Internet, anywhere in the world, to subscribe to topics we provide that are of interest to them.  To subscribe, click hereYou can receive either text messages or emails per your choosing.  You will be presented with topics and you should select those that are of interest. PPQ has added short descriptions to most of our topics summarizing the kind of information that we post to that topic. For information about weed risk assessments, select any or all of the following topics:  Federally Regulated (Noxious Weeds), Plants for Planting, Risk Analyses and Assessments (PRAs) You can unsubscribe or change your selections at any time by returning to the subscription screen, or clicking on the link provided in the footer of messages you will receive.

12)   Cogongrass Management - Past, Present and Future a pdf of a past webinar from Florida's Greg Wheeler about the identification, biology, and management of cogongrass in the southeastern U.S

13)   A look at what's predicted for southern forests over the next 50 years: Forests of the South's Coastal Plain | CompassLive from Southern Research

14)   Argentine ant removal on Santa Cruz Island:

15)   Endangered Key Largo woodrats and feral cats:


16)   Caesar weed blast from the past via Greg Jubinsky: "These days, it seems as though wherever I go and meet with land managers south of Gainesville, Caesar weed seems to always comes up in the conversation.  I came across this 17 year old article by Dan Austin and thought I'd share it with those I know are struggling with it.  Please share."


17)   Fascinating (and frightening) host shift for EAB (Emerald ash borer) to olives:


18)   Prior planning key to restoration goals:  "Assessing feasibility in invasive plant management: a retrospective analysis of garlic mustard (Alliaria petiolata) control," in Restoration Ecology, calls attention to and demonstrates the applicability of pre-project planning tools, such as the Invasive Plant Management Decision Analysis Tool (IPMDAT) and WeedSearch, designed to give invasive species and land managers a more realistic picture of the commitment that may be required in order to achieve specific restoration goals. The full article is attached. Links to the online abstract and web-interface of the IPMDAT can be found here: and


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