|List of Brochures (PDFs)|
|Alfred B. Maclay Gardens|
|Anastasia State Park|
|Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park|
|Charlotte Harbor Preserve State Park|
|Colt Creek State Park|
|Crystal River Preserve State Park|
|Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park|
|Estero Bay Preserve State Park|
|Falling Waters State Park|
|Florida Caverns State Park|
|Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve|
|Highlands Hammock State Park|
|Hillsborough River State Park|
|Jonathan Dickinson State Park|
|Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park|
|Lake Jackson Mounds Archaeological State Park|
|Myakka River State Park|
|North Peninsula State Park|
|Oscar Scherer State Park|
|Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park|
|Rainbow Springs State Park|
|Wekiwa Springs State Park|
Based on requests from a number of state parks, we've developed a brochure template that can be used by any of the state parks for informing visitors about invasive plants. So far, we've made brochures for twenty-one parks.
See below for "generic" text that is included in these brochures or click on the pdf file to download a sample hard copy.
The non-native plants in this brochure have proven to be invasive in our park (and region) and are currently being controlled by park staff, contractors and volunteers. Do you recognize any of them? Read on to learn more about these quiet invaders.
Of the more than 4,000 plant species found in Florida, 1,300 or more are non-native* or exotic; they come from other countries or regions within the U.S. At least 130 of these exotic plants are spreading rapidly throughout our natural areas. When they cause environmental or economic harm, they are considered to be invasive.
In their native ranges, plants generally do not become a nuisance. Today, with modern transportation, many exotic plants have caught a free ride to Florida. Once here, they are free from natural enemies that existed in their home range (insects, diseases, etc.), and can outgrow and replace Florida’s native plants.
Invasive plants are costing Floridians a lot of money; nearly 80 million taxpayer dollars were spent in 2005 to control them. If not kept in check, invasive plants can create ideal breeding grounds for mosquitos, cause serious navigation blockages, and major flooding problems during storms. Boating, swimming, hiking and other uses of natural areas can also be made difficult, even dangerous, by invasive plant infestations.
After much research, we know that some invasive plant species will never be eradicated in Florida; they simply reproduce too fast. That is why we strive to keep them at the lowest feasible levels. The regular maintenance of invasive plants lessens overall environmental and economic damages and maintains habitat for native flora and fauna.
Preventing the introduction and spread of invasive plants in Florida is the most effective and least expensive means of protecting Florida’s natural habitats. Here are a few things we can all do: