Virtual Hydrilla Field Day 2009


Element 4: Demonstration and Outreach

Element 4

Element 4

Element 4

Element 4

Element 4

Element 4, Demonstration and Outreach, is coordinated by Stacia Hetrick, UF/IFAS Osceola County Extension, and Karen Brown, UF Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants. Amy Richard and Beth Hathaway, UF Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants, are also working on this Element. The main goal is to demonstrate the results of this project to the local applicators, non-scientific public, as well as to federal, state and local government partners. The demonstration and outreach portion of this project features a variety of methods to demonstrate progress on the project and implementation of new alternative management strategies.

Although we have been struggling with invasive plant problems for more than a century in this state, most people are unaware of the severity of the situation. The most effective, long-term method for preventing the spread of aquatic invasive plants is an informed citizenry. A concerted public information campaign in Osceola County will go a long way in getting the word out to lake residents and other user groups who can help us stem the flow of invasive species by being aware of the problem and on the lookout for existing infestations or potential ones. This will ultimately benefit all Floridians, whose tax dollars are being spent each year to mitigate the damage being inflicted by a number of highly invasive species. The information developed in this project can then be used as a template for similar public outreach efforts throughout the state.

The most important benefit realized as a result of performing the following demonstration project will be the dissemination of information to the general public from the various experiments and trials we perform. The Hydrilla and Hygrophila Demonstration Project interactive website provides specific project details and research results. It will be updated as the project progresses and will be available to all Internet users worldwide. For more information and the complete Work Plan, please visit the website at: http://plants.ifas.ufl.edu/osceola.

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