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Florida Invasive Species Partnership

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What is an invasive species?

Any species, including its seeds, eggs, spores, or other biological material capable of propagating that species, that is not native to an ecosystem; and whose introduction does or is likely to cause economic or environmental harm or harm to human health. 

Public and private land managers in Florida agree that invasive non-native species are a statewide problem with high ecological and economic costs.  The Florida Invasive Species Partnership (FISP) is a collaboration of federal, state and local agencies along with non-government organizations, all with a stake in managing invasive non-native species in Florida.  Because species can spread beyond fence lines, our primary purpose is to connect private landowners and public land managers with invasive species expertise and assistance programs across boundaries. All stakeholders, both public and private, can benefit from collaborative efforts to reduce the threat. FISP increases communication, coordination and the sharing of resources to protect Florida’s natural landscape.

The mission of FISP is to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of preventing and controlling invasive non-native species through partnering to increase communication, coordination and use of shared resources in order to protect wildlife habitat, working agricultural and forest lands, natural communities and biodiversity in Florida.  

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Some of the founding FISP members are pictured here (L-R): Rosalyn Rowe (DEP), Greg Jubinsky (FFWCC Retired), Alison Higgins (City of Key West) Chuck Bargeron (UGA), Kathy O’Reilly-Doyle (USFWS), Kristina Serbesoff-King (TNC), Erin Myers (USFWS), Brian Nelson (SWFWMD), Bob Nelson (TNC), Matt Mears (First FISP Coordinator) 

FISP’s goals are to:

  • Encourage voluntary partnerships to increase effectiveness and decrease costs of comprehensive invasive species management; 
  • Encourage the development, implementation and sharing of new and/or innovative approaches to address the threat of invasive species; and,  
  • Provide tools and resources that enable the development of unified approaches, bridging the gap between private landowners’ and land management agency invasive species efforts.
    • On the FISP website, we provide an interactive database: Landowner Incentive Programs. This program allows land owners to find current incentive programs that are available to them, either by county and/or invasive species of interest.
FISP’s Objectives:
 
  • Promote and participate in partnerships and collaborative efforts to address invasive species on statewide, regional and local levels (i.e., Florida Invasive Species Partnership and Cooperative Invasive Species Management Areas (CISMA)); 
  • Establish and maintain an interactive website at www.FloridaInvasives.org, providing information to address and resolve problems relating to invasive species and serving as a central repository for invasive species partnership efforts; 
  • Develop and maintain a database of existing incentive programs that can be used for invasive species management on public and private lands; and, 
  • Provide targeted outreach and training for invasive species management in Florida, including the use of innovative approaches. 
 To date, FISP has helped develop 17 CISMA’s across Florida which covers 97% of the state.  
Treasure Coast CISMA  SWFL CISMA  1st Coast CISMA 
Treasure Coast CISMA:
Sceavola removal workday
Southwest Florida CISMA:
Rosary pea removal workday
First Coast CISMA:
Tamarisk removal workday

 

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The First FISP sponsored CISMA building workshop at the Annual Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council (FLEPPC) Meeting in 2010.  

Visit our website: www.FloridaInvasives.org to learn more about “How To” identify, treat and manage invasive species in Florida 


 
Last Updated: Nov 26, 2013
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