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Exotic Species Management

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Exotic Invasive Species Management

Florida is a magnet for many exotic invasive species. Due to the warm, tropical climate, many foreign species thrive here. Most exotic invasive species have proved to be impossible to eradicate and are extremely costly to treat. These exotic invasives displace native species, effecting both ecosystem structure and function (i.e. Melaleuca introduced into swamps in south Florida became monoculture stands that eliminated other native plant species and changed the hydrology of the area, Laroche 1999). 

Seminole County Leisure Services properties have at least 32 exotic plant species and at least 5 exotic animal species (excluding feral cats and dogs).  All of the exotic plant species require treatment and maintenance control (except where indicated above). Any newly discovered exotic plant species should be treated immediately and monitored for any recurrence.

More Information
Leisure Services Invasive Exotic Management Plan
Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council
Central Florida Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area
Florida Native Plant Society
Natural Lands Program