Florida is host to more than 130 invasive plant species, making it a national and global hot spot for non-native, invasive species. Additionally, invasive species are a threat to the environment, economy and human health. Currently, a large number of resources regarding invasive species exist and are available to the public. At times, the resources can be hard to navigate. Two affiliate faculty members of UF/IFAS CAIP, Dr. Dean Lieurance and Dr. Lyn A. Gettys recognized this issue and created a comprehensive guide to help the public understand the uses for each list. According to Lieurance and Gettys, five different primary lists of non-native plant species are referenced in Florida:
- The Federal Noxious Weed List
- The Florida Noxious Weed List
- The Florida Prohibited Aquatic Plant List
- The Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council (FLEPPC) Plant List
- The UF/IFAS Assessment of Non-Native Plants
The EDIS document goes further into detail about each of the mentioned lists and what their purposes are.
To download the full guide, follow this link.
UF/IFAS CAIP, Turning Science Into Solutions.
By: Shelby Oesterreicher, 352-273-3667, firstname.lastname@example.org