FLEPPC

Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council

Committees,  Committee Chairpersons and Duties

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FLEPPC Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)



Committees


Bylaws

The Bylaws Committee proposes appropriate bylaws amendments and incorporates approved amendments into the bylaws. The bylaws may be amended by a two-thirds vote of members present at any legally constituted meeting of the FLEPPC.  

Chair:  Michael Renda
The Nature Conservancy
Blowing Rocks Preserve
561/744-6668
mrenda@tnc.org


Checklist

SOPs being developed

Chair: Sarah Laroque
Earth Balance
(941) 426-7878 ext. 204
slaroque@earthbalance.com


CISMA (Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area) Grant

The CISMA Grant Committee is responsible for providing funding and soliciting grant proposals from Florida CISMAs who will advance the FLEPPC and the Florida Invasive Species Partnership (FISP) missions through partnership led efforts (e.g. events, workshops, workdays, outreach, etc.), which focus on non-native invasive plants and their impacts on the natural areas and economy of Florida.

Chair: Gregg Walker
Florida Natural Areas Inventory
gwalker@fnai.fsu.edu


Control and Evaluation

The Control and Evaluation Committee develops field demonstration sites to educate FLEPPC members and the public about the most effective methods for controlling invasive plants.

Chair: Greg MacDonald
UF/IFAS Agronomy Department
Professor of Agronomy and Weed Science
(352) 294-1594
pineacre@ufl.edu


Editorial

The Editorial Committee assists the Editor with FLEPPC publications.

Chair: Ruark Cleary
Invasion Biologist
Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Committee
(850)617-9427
Ruark.Cleary@myfwc.com


Education Grant

The Education Grant Committee reviews proposals submitted to the FLEPPC Kathy Craddock Burks Education and Outreach Grants Program. These grants support education programs aimed at increasing awareness and knowledge of exotic, invasive plants throughout Florida.

Chair: Kris Campbell
FL Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Invasive Plant Management Section
In Coordination with The Nature Conservancy
Central Florida Lygodium Strategy
Office: 407-858-6170 Ext. 223
kristine.campbell@myfwc.com


Finance

The Finance Committee oversees the financial matters of the FLEPPC and develops recommendations regarding finance-related issues for the FLEPPC Board of Directors that represent the best interest and financial well-being of the organization.

Chair: Rook Cleary
Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission
Invasive Plant Management Section
(850) 245-2828
Ruark.Cleary@myfwc.com


Legislative

The Legislative Committee keeps the FLEPPC Board and members informed about existing, pending, or needed legislative or regulatory actions and makes recommendations to the Board of Directors concerning the course of action to be taken.

Chair: Deah Lieurance
University of Florida/IFAS
Agronomy Department
(352) 294-1580
dmlieurance@ufl.edu


Membership

The Membership Committee maintains the membership database with information provided by the Treasurer and online membership renewals, provides current mailing lists of the membership to the Board as needed, notifies members when renewals are due, and assists the Board with developing membership strategies/campaigns.

Chair: Gayle Edwards
(239) 826-4103
edwardsgayle5@aol.com


Merchandise

The Merchandise Committee makes recommendations to the Board on FLEPPC merchandise to be sold at annual symposium for fund-raising.

Chair: Billy Snyder
Big Cypress National Preserve
Ochopee, FL
239/695-1112
William_Snyder@nps.gov


Nominations

The Nominations Committee makes recommendations to the Board of Directors on future Board members. The Past Chair may serve as Nominations Committee Chair.

Chair: Jim Burney
Aquatic Vegetation Control, Inc.
561/845-5525
jburney@avcaquatic.com


Outreach

The Outreach Committee provides outreach concerning the activities of the FLEPPC.

Chair: Christen Mason
South Florida Water Management District
561/707-2327
cmason@sfwmd.gov


Plant Industry Liaison

The Plant Industry Liaison Committee maintains a dialogue with the nursery industry to identify areas of agreement and cooperation between FLEPPC and the industry, explore resolution of disagreements, and to clarify misperceptions held by either group.

Chair: Gary Knox
University of Florida/IFAS
North Florida Research and Education Center
Quincy, FL 32351
850.875.7162
gwknox@ufl.edu


Plant List

The Plant List Committee develops and maintains a list of Florida's most invasive plant species. The list is updated every two years.

Chair: Patricia L. Howell
Natural Resource Specialist
954/357-8137
PHOWELL@broward.org

Research Grant

The Research Grant Committee determines research priorities as requested by the Board of Directors. Reviews research proposals submitted to the FLEPPC Julia Morton Invasive Plant Research Grants Program and makes recommendations to the Board of Directors.

Chair: James P. Cuda, Ph.D.
Professor
Biological Weed Control
UF/IFAS Entomology & Nematology Dept.
Gainesville, FL 32611-0620
jcuda@ufl.edu
Ph. 352-273-3921


Strategic Planning

SOP's being developed

Co-Chair: LeRoy Rodgers
South Florida Water Management District
561/682-2773
Lrodgers@sfwmd.gov

Co-Chair: Michael A. Yustin
Engineering Department
Martin County Board of County Commissioners
772/220-7114
myustin@martin.fl.us


Symposium CEUs

The Symposium CEU Committee makes arrangements for Continuing Education Units at the annual symposium related to the goals and objectives of the FLEPPC.

Chair: Karen Brown
UF/IFAS Center for Aquatic & Invasive Plants
(352) 273-3667
kpbrown@ufl.edu


Symposium Field Trips

The Symposium Field Trips Committee makes arrangements, disseminates information, and handles registration for field trips at the annual symposium.

Chair: Sherry Williams
Natural Lands Program
Ed Yarborough Nature Center
407/349-0551
swilliams02@seminolecountyfl.gov


Symposium Local Arrangements

The Local Arrangements Committee makes arrangements for the annual symposium site and associated physical requirements of the FLEPPC's annual symposium.

Co-Chair: Sherry Williams
Seminole County Natural Lands
407/349-0551
swilliams02@seminolecountyfl.gov


Co-Chair: Karen Brown
University of Florida
Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants
352/273-3667
kpbrown@ufl.edu


Symposium Program

The Symposium Program Committee develops the objectives and theme for the annual symposium and implements the annual symposium program.

Co-Chair: Karen Brown
University of Florida
Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants
352/273-3667
kpbrown@ufl.edu

Co-Chair: Sherry Williams
Natural Lands Program
Ed Yarborough Nature Center
407/349-0551
swilliams02@seminolecountyfl.gov


Vendor

The Vendor Committee serves as liaison with vendors and manufacturers of herbicides, adjuvants, equipment, and invasive control services to gain financial support for activities that further the goals and mission of the FLEPPC.

Chair: Michael Meisenburg
Kestrel Ecological Services
352/339-0701
Michael@kestreleco.com


Website

The Website Committee maintains and updates the official FLEPPC website in accordance with the guidelines determined by the Board and facilitated by the Website Liaison.

Chair: Chuck Bargeron
University of Georgia
Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health
305/252-0347
cbargero@uga.edu


Website Committee Liaison

Karen Brown
University of Florida
Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants
352/273-3667
kpbrown@ufl.edu

 

NA-EPPC Representative

Represents FLEPPC to NA-EPPC as requested by Board.

FLEPPC Chair: Sherry Williams
407/349-0551
swilliams02@seminolecountyfl.gov


SE-EPPC Representative

Represents FLEPPC to SE-EPPC as requested by Board.

Sherry Williams
Seminole County Natural Lands Program
Ed Yarborough Nature Center
407-349-0551
swilliams02@seminolecountyfl.gov

 

Task Forces


Each FLEPPC Species Task Force provides an ongoing forum to share information about the biology, distribution and control of the involved species.  Each Task Force shall develop a statewide management plan, generate fact sheets, brochures, etc., and maintain a clearinghouse file of information on the involved species. Each Task Force Chair serves as the primary point of contact to the general public, policy makers, and the media on matters related to the involved species.


Australian Pine

Chair: Tony Pernas
National Park Service
Florida/Caribbean Exotic Plant Management Team
305/252-0347
Tony_Pernas@nps.gov


Brazilian Pepper

Chair: Jim Cuda
University of Florida
Department of Entomology and Nematology
352/273-3921
jcuda@ufl.edu


Carrotwood

Chair: Chris Lockhart
Habitat Specialists, Inc.
561/738-1179
Habitatsp@aol.com


Chinese Tallow

Chair: Greg Wheeler
USDA/ARS Invasive Plant Research
954-475-6546
Greg.wheeler@ars.usda.gov


Dioscorea

Chair: Bill Overholt
University of Florida
Indian River Research and Education Center
772/468-3922 ext.143
billover@ufl.edu


Grasses

Chair: Greg MacDonald
University of Florida
Department of Agronomy
352/392-1811 ext. 228
gemac@ufl.edu


Lygodium

Co-Chair: LeRoy Rodgers III
South Florida Water Management District
561/682-2773
lrodgers@sfwmd.gov

and

Co-Chair: Kristina Serbesoff-King
The Nature Conservancy
561/732-6550
kserbesoffking@tnc.org


Melaleuca

Chair: Francois Laroche
South Florida Water Management District
561/682-6193
flaroche@sfwmd.gov


Skunkvine

Chair : Robert J. Lovestrand
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Invasive Plant Management Section
352-726-8622
Robert.Lovestrand@MyFWC.com