NISAW: Acronyms & Activities in Florida

February 26 – March 3, 2012

  • FISP: Florida Invasive Species Partnership, which has facilitated the formation of
  • CISMA(s): Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area(s) throughout the state
  • CWMA: Cooperative Weed Management Area
  • PRISM: Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management 
Florida map denoting the approximate locations of the activities listed below

1. North Central FL CISMA
Air Potato Round Up at Alligator Creek
Sat, February 25, 2:00pm – 3:30pm
Edwards Road Sports Complex, 930 Edwards Rd, Starke

2. Invasive Plant Removal Workday
Sat, February 25 & Sun, March 11 from 9am –Noon
Angus K. Gholson, Jr. Nature Park,  Chattahoochee
Meet at the parking lot off Morgan Avenue, behind the Women's Club. Bring work gloves, a hand weeder tool if you have one, water, wear sturdy shoes or boots, and dress in layers for any kind of weather.
Sponsored by the City of Chattahoochee and the FNPS Magnolia Chapter
Contact LeighBrooks 850-663-4361 for information on volunteering
NISAW event
Old World Climbing Fern
Tue, February 28, 8:30am – 3:00pm
FP&L's Barley Barbour Swamp, 21900 Southwest Warfield Boulevard, Indiantown
Workday focused on removing old world climbing fern, Brazilian pepper
Invasive Species Workshop
Tue, February 28, 6:30pm – 7:30pm
Ft. White Public Library, 17700 SW SR 447, Ft. White
Topic: Local Invasive Plants: ID & Control, Early Detection Rapid Response

Tues, February 28, 7:30 pm
Cogon Grass
Tallahassee Garden Club, 507 North Calhoun Street, Tallahassee
Identify which invasive plant species like Chinese Privet, Heavenly Bamboo, Chinese tallow, Cogon Grass or Coral Ardisia might be growing in your backyard or neighborhood and learn techniques for getting rid of them.

NISAW Exotics Workday
Wednesday, Feb 29, 9am – 2:30pm (volunteers are requested to put in a minimum of 3 hours)
Meet along the old road right-of-way at the north end of the Goodland Bridge of County Rd 92
Ten Thousand Islands Natl Wildl. Refuge, Conservation Collier, Rookery Bay NERR, Collier-Seminole State Park & the Southwest Florida CISMA will host a field workday to complete an invasive plant control project begun in April 2011. This will involve herbicide control of caster bean, lead tree, and Brazilian pepper.
Brazilian Pepper
Appropriate attire includes long pants, sturdy footwear, and a long sleeved shirt. Bring your own water and lunch, and leather or sturdy gloves if available.

2nd annual Central Florida Invasive Species Workshop
Thu, March 1, 12am – Fri, March 2, 12am
Circle B Bar Reserve, 4399 Winter Lake Rd, Lakeland
Popcorn Tree

8. Six Rivers CISMA
NISAW Workday in Niceville
Thu, March 1, 9am – 10am
Intersection of Bayshore Dr. & Everglade Dr. (1049 Everglade Dr., Niceville, FL)
We will be removing  popcorn trees on the Bayshore Dr. side  of  the intersection. DO NOT PARK THERE. Please try to make it; we need many helping hands.

Thu, March 1, 1pm – 3pm
Learn more about the partnerships around the nation that are crossing boundaries and joining forces to battle invasive species by joining the webcast 
Watch the live NISAW webcast
from any computer with internet access
Password: NISAWstate1! event #: 674 316 733
Webcast Schedule:
  • 1:00-1:20 pm: Overview of National Invasive Species Organizations by Damon Waitt, Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center, University of Texas at Austin
  • 1:20-1:40 pm: State Coordination of CWMAs: Funding and Species Inventories by Doug Johnson, California Invasive Plant Council
  • 1:40- 2:00 pm: Benefits of Having a Paid CWMA Coordinator by Chris Evans, River to River CWMA
  • 2:00-2:20 pm: Early Detection and Rapid Response Success Stories by Tony Pernas, National Park Service
  • 2:20- 2:40 pm: Managing invasive species on tribal lands by Susan Kedzie, Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe
  • 2:40-3:00 pm: Panel Discussion, moderated by Chuck Bargeron (University of Georgia) and Kris Serbesoff-King (The Nature Conservancy)
Air Potato

9. Central Florida CISMA
Invasive Species Hike
Fri, March 2, 12am – Sat, March 3, 12am
Isle of Pine Preserve, 14032 Lacebark Pine Rd, Orlando
6th Annual First Coast Air Potato Round-up
Sat, March 3, 9am – 12pm
Come join the fun and help rid our natural areas of Air Potato vine and other invasive plants. Prizes awarded for the two largest potatoes found! 10 sites throughout Nassau, Baker, Clay, Duval, and St. Johns county. Follow this link to find the site nearest you:
Scaevola taccada
Sat, March 3, 9am – 12pm
Blowing Rocks Preserve, 574 S. Beach Road, Hobe Sound
Removing Scaevola taccada from private lands adjacent to preserve.

The National Association of Exotic Pest Plant Councils
Florida Invasive Species Partnership

Tallahassee-area activities provided by Fritz Wettstein, F.N.P.S. Magnolia Chapter President
Additional activities and map provided by Laurie Sheldon


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