2016 News

New Invasive Species makes its way into Sumter County: Praxelis clematidea

Zika, A Mosquito-Transmitted Virus

2016 Nature Coast CISMA Upcoming Outreach Events

March 23, 2016 - The Nature Coast CISMA will have a meeting March 23rd at 10:00 a.m. at Chinsegut Hill Manor House (22495 Chinsegut Hill Rd, Brooksville, FL 34601). The Florida Forest Service was recently contracted by Hernando County to assess and treat the invasive plant situation on the 150 acres surrounding the 1840's manor house/museum, and it is a doozy of a situation with over 45 species of invasive plants present and well established throughout the property. This is a highly visited regional landmark with great potential for public outreach and education, as well as a cool place to visit if you've never been.

The non-profit group that manages the museum has given of us free use of the conference room behind the house and the parking lot, so we will begin there with our meeting, then move on to lunch and an invasive plant workday (and maybe finagle a tour afterwards). Some preliminary meeting topics include: recent accomplishments, status of the grant we won and final designs for our brochures and flyers, upcoming outreach opportunities, ideas for expanding membership, as well as scheduling (Salt Springs State Park, Van Fleet State Trail) and proposing workdays for the upcoming months. The primary target species for this workday will be coral ardesia, but there is plenty to choose from. Herbicide will be provided, but please bring spray equipment if you have it. We will be bringing a few extra backpacks, but there will be other jobs than spraying as well. If you have any questions or additional topics you'd like included, please message me, Bob, or Eryn. Hope to see you there!

Invasive vs. native look-alike species training
March 30, 2016 - The Florida Natural Areas Inventory and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is hosting a one day workshop to provide training on the identification of approximately 50 species of invasive exotic plants and their native look-alike species. The first will be held in Northeast Florida on March 30th at the Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve (505 Guana River Rd., Ponte Vedra Beach, FL) - Register here with password FNAI2016. You will have the option to either bring your own lunch or pay a $5 lunch fee the day of the training to have lunch provided for you but your order must be completed during registration for this workshop. For questions please email

Invasive vs. native look-alike species training
April 14, 2016 - A second training will be held in Southwest Florida on April 14th at the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. For registration to the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (300 Tower Road, Naples) on April 14, 2016 please visit: Rookery Bay Reserve FNAI Workshop Registration. You will have the option to either bring your own lunch or pay a $10 lunch fee to have lunch provided for you. For questions please email

April 14, 2016 - Nature Coast CISMA co-chair Bob Lindemuth, Ryan Grumbly and Eryn Williamson will deliver a presentation on invasive plants and their local CISMA group to the UF/IFAS Sumter County Master Gardener program in Bushnell.

April 16, 2016 - Nature Coast CISMA will be present at the 9th Annual Earth Day Celebration located at the S.E.E.C. in Center Hill. Location: 530 W. Kings Highway (CR 48) Center Hill, FL. The Nature Coast CISMA will have representatives present to answer any questions and provide literature on invasive species. This event is open to the public.