The problems caused by Burmese pythons make the news, but there are plenty of other invasive plants and animals that cause big problems in Florida and around the country. Not only do they negatively impact Florida’s economy and cost an estimated $100 million annually; they pose health risks to residents and threaten almost half of endangered species with extinction.
Floridians and others have brought some invasive species to the state for landscaping, aquaculture, hunting, aquariums and as pets. Some have been released intentionally; others accidentally. Still other invasive species are transported as unknown stowaways in boats, boots and firewood.
In honor of National Invasive Species Awareness Week, here are some top tips from The Nature Conservancy for fighting damaging invaders and stemming their spread:
Many of Florida’s CISMAs are planning activities for the week – go to www.FloridaInvasives.org to look at the calendar of events.
NOTE: For a list of Invasive Species Awareness Week activities statewide, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 321-689-6099.
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Senior Media Relations Manager
The Nature Conservancy