Co-sponsored by the National Invasive Species Council.
South Florida is an intensively managed environment, in which federal and state agencies work to balance protection and recovery of the Everglades ecosystem with human activities, such as water flows and flood control. A wide range of invasive plants and animals, including the Burmese python, Brazilian pepper, Nile monitors, and melaleuca, have become established, and new invaders, such as anaconda, are an ongoing danger. To develop an effective response strategy for the region as a whole, state and federal agencies, along with private stakeholders, have created a network of strategic partnerships, including the South Florida Ecosystem Restoration Task Force and the Everglades Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area (CISMA). This webinar will convene panelists engaged in these efforts to discuss their individual roles, coordination, and the benefits of partnership in addressing invasive species threats to the region.
- Carrie Beeler – South Florida Ecosystem Restoration Task Force
- Jon Lane – U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
- Kristen Penney Sommers – Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
- Tony Pernas – National Park Service / Everglades Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area
- LeRoy Rogers – South Florida Water Management District
- Stas Burgiel – National Invasive Species Council Secretariat