Welcome to FISC

Florida Invasive Species Council – a non-profit 501(c)3

In an effort to retire outdated invasive species terminology, the Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council (FLEPPC) formally changed its name to the Florida Invasive Species Council (FISC).

Why?

Researchers and extension professionals recently identified “exotic” as one of the 6 terms to avoid when communicating about invasive species (native invasive, invasive weed, alien, foreign, and nonindigenous have also been included). Misuse and misinterpretation of these terms create confusion in invasive species communication. For more information regarding invasive species terminology, please review this publication in the Journal of Extension¬†here¬†(Iannone et al. 2020).

Iannone III, B. V., Carnevale, S., Main, M. B., Hill, J. E., McConnell, J. B., Johnson, S. A., Enloe, S. F., Andreu, M., Bell, E. C., Cuda, J. P., & Baker, S. M. (2020). Invasive Species Terminology: Standardizing for Stakeholder Education. Journal of Extension, 58(3), 27.

Our Mission

The mission of the Florida Invasive Species Council is to reduce the impacts of invasive plants in Florida through the exchange of scientific, educational, and technical information.

Research &
Educational Grants

The mission of the Florida Invasive Species Partnership (FISP) is to facilitate partnerships that prevent and control the threat of invasive species on public and private lands and waters in Florida

Julia Morton Invasive Plant Research Grant Program

Application Deadline April 21, 2023

FISC CISMA Grant

Application Deadline April 7, 2023

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Cooperative Invasive Species Management Areas

CISMAs are an alliance of stakeholders addressing invasive species management regionally within Florida.
Partnering across the landscape, CISMAs are working to:

  • Expand efforts across the landscape, rather than stopping at political or property boundaries.
  • Form partnerships of federal, state, and local government agencies, tribes, individuals and interested organizations that manage invasive species.
  • Address prevention, early detection and rapid response, monitoring, management, and education and awareness of invasive species.

Want to Join FISC?

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Receive information on control and management of invasive plants and stay informed of legislative updates

Report & Map Invasive Species

EDDMapS is a robust tool for researchers, natural resource managers, and the public! Use it from your desktop or on your phone to report invasive species wherever you see them.

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