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