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Provides links to state-specific resources with an interest in the prevention, control, or eradication of invasive species.

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Upcoming Nonnative Pet Amnesty Day Events
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
In an effort to keep unwanted exotic pets out of Florida's native habitats, people can surrender exotic pets free of charge with no questions asked. Every attempt will be made to place all healthy animals with nonnative pet adopters.

Giant African Snail - Program Documents
USDA. APHIS. Plant Protection and Quarantine.
On Sep 9, 2011, APHIS confirmed the detection of Giant African Snail (GAS), Lissachatina fulica, in a residential area of Miami, Florida. Since the initial detection, APHIS has actively worked with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to conduct survey, regulatory, control, and outreach activities. Federal Orders outline the safeguarding measures required for the interstate movement of regulated articles from the areas regulated for GAS. The requirements in the State's interior quarantine for GAS are parallel to this Federal Order. GAS is one of the most damaging snails in the world because it is known to consume at least 500 different plants including vegetables, fruits, and ornamental crops.

South Florida Environmental Report (Mar 1, 2012)
South Florida Water Management District.
For invasive species related information, see Volume 1, Chapter 7: Status of Nonindigenous Species (PDF | 1.9 MB).

FWC Increases Lionfish Harvest Opportunities, Asks Public to Help (Aug 13, 2012)
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
FWC recently made changes that will increase lionfish harvesting opportunities, which are currently in effect through August 2013: a recreational fishing license is not required for recreational fishers targeting lionfish while using a pole spear, a Hawaiian Sling, a handheld net or any spearing device that is specifically designed and marketed exclusively for lionfish. There is no recreational or commercial harvest bag limit for lionfish. Learn more about lionfish or read the new State of Florida Executive Order 12-12 (PDF | 167 KB) on lionfish harvesting.

Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Identifies Laurel Wilt Disease in Avocado Production Area of Miami-Dade County (May 1, 2012)
Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and University of Florida Institute of Food and Agriculture Sciences (UF/IFAS) have confirmed the presence of laurel wilt on an avocado tree in a commercial block in the northern tier of the Miami-Dade County avocado production area. "The find of laurel wilt in a commercial avocado grove is a major concern," said Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam. "Unaddressed, the disease can spread quickly, threatening the health of South Florida's commercial avocado industry."

UGA/Warnell Center Develops Invasive Species Tracking App(Dec 7, 2011)
University of Georgia. Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources.
The Everglades National Park has released a much expanded mobile app for tracking invasive exotics in Florida. The IveGot1 app (iTunes) was developed by Park and University of Georgia researchers for the iPhone to identify and report invasive plants and animals spotted in Florida.

Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Identifies Giant African Land Snails in Miami-Dade County (Sep 15, 2011)
Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) has positively identified a population of Giant African land snails (GALS) in Miami-Dade County. The Giant African land snail is one of the most damaging snails in the world because they consume at least 500 different types of plants, can cause structural damage to plaster and stucco, and can carry a parasitic nematode that can lead to meningitis in humans. Anyone who believes they may have seen a Giant African land snail or signs of its presence should call FDACS toll-free at 888-397-1517 to make arrangements to have the snail collected.

State Specific Threats:

Nonindigenous Aquatic Species List - Florida or Display NAS by Taxonomic Group (select State)
DOI. USGS. Southeast Ecological Science Center.
Includes fact sheets, maps and collection information for aquatic vertebrates and invertebrates occurring outside of their native range.

State Noxious Weed List - Florida
USDA. NRCS. National Plant Data Center. PLANTS Database.
Designated legally noxious plants.

Status of Invasive Plants - Florida / Details by State and Details by County
University of Georgia. Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health. Early Detection & Distribution Mapping System.

Pest Tracker - Florida
USDA. APHIS. Cooperative Agricultural Pest Survey. National Agricultural Pest Information System.

States Restricting Firewood Movement and/or Advocating Leaving Firewood at Home: Who is Affected?
Nature Conservancy. Don't Move Firewood.

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Government

Non Native Invasive Plant Species
Brevard County. Natural Resources Management Office.
Species of Concern; Laws and Regulations

Don't Let it Loose
DOI
. NPS. Everglades National Park.
Species of Concern; Management

Division of Plant Industry
Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
Species of Concern; Publications; Laws and Regulations; Management

Invasive Non-native Plants
Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Florida Forest Service.
Species of Concern; Publications; Laws and Regulations; Management

Nonnative Species
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
Species of Concern; Special Note: Distribution by County in Florida; Special Note: Python Permit Program

Exotic Species Management
Seminole County Natural Lands Program.
Species of Concern; Contacts; Management

Vegetation and Exotic Control
South Florida Water Management District.
Species of Concern; Management; Monitoring

Invasive Species Management Branch
DOD. USACE. Jacksonville District.
Species of Concern; Management; Monitoring

Everglades National Park - Florida Invaders
DOI. National Park Service.
Species of Concern

Nonindigenous Species
DOI. USGS. Southeast Ecological Science Center.
Species of Concern; Contacts; Publications

Invasive Exotic Species
DOI. USGS. South Florida Restoration Science Forum.
Species of Concern; Contacts

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University/Academic

Center for Biological Control
Florida Agricultural and Mechincal University (FAMU). College of Engineering Sciences, Technology and Agriculture.
Species of Concern; Management

Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants
University of Florida. Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.
Species of Concern; Contacts; Special Notes: Includes events and databases; Find Plants in Your Region

Florida's Introduced Bird Series
University of Florida. Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.
Species of Concern; Publications; Management

Department of Wildlife Ecology & Conservation
University of Florida. Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.
Species of Concern; Contacts; Publications

TAME Invasives Portal
University of Florida. Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.
Species of Concern; Contacts; Publications; Management

Florida Invasive Plant Education Initiative in the Parks
University of Florida. IFAS. Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants; Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. 
Species of Concern
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Organizations

Melaleuca Eradication And Other Exotic Plants
Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan.
Species of Concern; Management

Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council
Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council.
Species of Concern; Contacts; Publications; Special Note: Includes interactive forum, Invasive Plant Listsand The Landowners Guide to Exotic Plants: Stop the Problem Before It Starts

Florida Invasive Species Partnership
Florida Invasive Species Partnership.
Species of Concern; Management

iMapInvasives - Florida
Nature Conservancy. iMapInvasives.
Species of Concern; Management

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