About Central Florida Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area
The Central Florida Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area is to create a partnership of federal, state, and local government agencies, individuals, and various interested groups, that develop resources, educate, and share information to manage invasive species in a specified area.
- Develops and presents recommendations for larger membership, incorporates their feed-back and oversees implementation
- Gathers data for website
- Develops annual report?
- Develops strategic plan and develops annual operating plans with input from CISMA membership. (Possibly future Operations Subcommittee?)
(Things we want to do outside our working group; ~ outreach)
- Support and promote Invasive Species Awareness events at local, state and federal level
- Develop educational materials on invasive species for grade school classes in the area
- Create “Most Wanted” posters; work with Prevention Subcommittee to have call numbers on the posters
- Work with media and newsletters to broadcast accomplishments
- Consider other resources for information dissemination:
- Public Park Entrances and Visitor Centers
- Forest Service and BLM Offices
- Campfire and Trail Programs
- County Cooperative Extension Offices
- Area Chambers of Commerce
- Local Tours
- Local Environmental Organizations
- Local Wildlife Organizations
- Schools and Service Organizations
- County Fairs and Trade Shows
- Write articles about focus invasive plant or any species, CFISWG, etc., for magazines & newspapers
- Set up workshops – could serve as delegator for ad hoc groups for each workshop? Some workshop ideas (also consider animals?): Contractor issues – for clients and contractors; Decontamination – equipment cleaning, boot brush stations, etc.; WRA – introduce concept of Weed Risk Assessment; Long-term monitoring training – tips & tricks to get info needed for less money & time; weed identification class for landowners and land managers
- Works with other Subcommittees for “rewards” or “prizes” for workshops, work days, etc.
- Provide CEU opportunities for all workshops where possible
Prevention/Early Detection Subcommittee
- Sets up a system for responding to new invasion sites using partner resources ~ creating SWAT team. Establish a communication network for the team, assemble control tools and supplies, designate a person to handle landowner contacts and permission to treat, and have certified herbicide applicators conduct the treatments. (Where do critters fit in with this?)
- Sets up monitoring projects, protocols
- Sets up protocol, placements of “Boot brush” and other decontamination stations
- Promote data exchange on ISWG website
- Sets up system for Weed Risk Assessments
Work Days Subcommittee
- Provides central person to coordinate all activities to carry out a successful workday
- Creates roster of places/projects
- Works with Ed Subcommittee to get the word out about a workday
- Looks for ways to involve private landowners
- Researches grants potentials; builds calendar of RFP deadlines
- Sets up in-kind reporting forms – hours at workdays, etc.
- Puts together treatment expenses analyses?
- Keeps up with treatment findings; works with Ed Committee/workshop ad hoc committees to get findings presented
- Keeps up with contracting issues; works with Ed Committee/workshop ad hoc committees to get findings presented
- Works with Workshop Subcommittee for certification CEUs?
- Identifies management related research needs/gaps; Provides technical support/guidance to involved research groups.
Steering Committee Members Include:
Seminole and Orange Counties, DOF, UCF, DEP, IFAS, TNC
Seminole County, Orange County (a variety of departments), DOF, UCF, DEP (different divisions), IFAS, TNC, USFWS, FWC, SJRWMD, UF, Valencia Community College, OUC, Progress Energy, RC&D, USDA, City of Winter Springs, City of Altamonte, Deseret Ranch, Volusia County, USGS, City of Maitland, Rollins College, City of Orlando, FDOT, Disney.
Distribution List Name: CFISWG