New Phone App

April 02, 2012

A new phone app (IveGot1) that allows smart phone users to report invasive plants and animals directly from the field is a collaborative effort of federal and state agencies and two universities in the Southeastern U.S. The Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health at the University of Georgia was the lead group on the project, working with the National Park Service to produce content and images of invasive animals. The UF/IFAS Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants (CAIP) provided invasive plant content and images from CAIP’s popular field guide, Invasive and Non-Native Plants You Should Know - Recognition Cards SP 431. The "recognition cards" were originally made possible by funding from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission/Invasive Plant Management Section.

New plant management site

November 30, 2011

Visit the newly revamped portal, Plant Management in Florida Waters, for a comprehensive explanation of why and how aquatic plants are managed in Florida waters, including information on NPDES compliance in Florida.

Aquatic plants play an integral role in Florida’s healthy aquatic ecosystems, but occasionally some of the vegetation, especially non-native plants, interferes with the use and function of these natural resources. This website will help to explain why and how aquatic plants are managed in Florida waters. These five sections will guide you through the many factors considered by FWC biologists when developing aquatic plant management plans for Florida waters. Our priority is to manage invasive plants while also conserving and enhancing our unique aquatic habitats and wildlife communities.

Osceola County Invasive Plant Student Video Challenge receives award

September 12, 2011

The Osceola County Invasive Plant Student Video Challenge was recently honored with a Silver Award for the Innovative Program category from the Association of Natural Resource Extension Professionals. Stacia Hetrick, Natural Resource faculty from the Osceola County extension office, co-coordinated the project with Amy Richard (CAIP).

Congratulations to CAIP staff and all who contributed to the project, especially teachers and students from the following schools:

Margaret McAndrews and the 4th Grade Science Club at KOA Elementary
Judy McDonald and students from Narcoossee Community School
Jerrad Butler and students from Harmony High School

After learning about the impacts invasive aquatic plants are having on freshwater habitats in Osceola County, students were challenged to write, act and film their own short stories about hydrilla, hygrophila and water hyacinth. A special thanks to Phil Chiocchio who provided editing and desktop production for all of the videos.

Another Gator championship?

September 8, 2011

Congratulations to three UF students attending the 51st Aquatic Plant Management Society (APMS) annual meeting July 24-27 in Baltimore, MD. Brett Bultemeier won the oral student paper competition with his presentation "Release Dynamics of Granular Herbicides in an Aquatic Environment." Brett is quickly wrapping up his doctoral degree, under the direction of Dr. W.T. Haller, and is scheduled for completion in the next semester or two. Two UF students placed first and second in the student poster competition. Sarah Berger, an M.S. student completing her research with Drs. Greg MacDonald and Mike Netherland, placed first with her poster titled "Suspected Endothall Tolerant Hydrilla in Florida." Leif Willey, midway through his M.S. program with Dr. Netherland, placed second with his poster titled "Comparative Response of Five Members of the Hydrocharitaceae Family to Varying Concentrations and Exposures of Aquathol K and Hydrothol 191." Congratulations to all for a job very well done. To read the abstracts for these presentations, visit the APMS website where you may view the 2011 Program and Abstracts as a PDF file.