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Invasive Species Management

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Invasive Species Management

Florida is a magnet for many invasive species. Due to the warm, tropical climate, many non-native species thrive here. Most invasive species have proved to be impossible to eradicate and are extremely costly to treat. These invasive species 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 invasive plant species and at least 5 invasive animal species (excluding feral cats and dogs).  All of the invasive plant species require treatment and maintenance control (except where indicated above). Any newly discovered invasive plant species should be treated immediately and monitored for any recurrence.

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