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:  Brian Lockwood
National Park Service
Brian_Lockwood@nps.gov
786-249-0073


Checklist

SOPs being developed

Chair: Allegra Buyer
Florida Park Service
allegra.buyer@dep.state.fl.us


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 Department of Environmental Protection
gregg.walker@dep.state.fl.us
850-245-3112


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: Melissa Smith
U.S. Department of Agriculture - Agricultural Research Service

melissa.smith@ars.usda.gov


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: Sarah Martin
South Florida Land Conservation Coordinator
The Nature Conservancy
Office: +1 561 744 6668 Ext. 102
sarah.martin@TNC.ORG


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: Gregg Walker
Florida Department of Environmental Protection
gregg.walker@dep.state.fl.us
850-245-3112


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: Erick Revuelta
St. Johns River Water Management District
erevuelt@sjrwmd.com


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: Vacant


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: Dennis Giardina
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
dennis.giardina@myfwc.com

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: Carey Minteer, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Weed Biological Control
Indian River Research and Education Center
2199 South Rock Road, Ft. Pierce
(772) 577-7379
c.minteerkillian@ufl.edu


Strategic Planning

SOP's being developed

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


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


Symposium Field Trips

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

Chair: Cody-Marie Miller
TNC Disney Wilderness Preserve
2700 Scrub Jay Trail
(407) 935-0002 x 128
Kissimmee, FL 34759
cody-marie.miller@tnc.org


Symposium Local Arrangements

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

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


Symposium Program

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

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


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: Katherine Murray
Environmental Quality, Inc.
(561) 575-6778
kmurray@eq-inc.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

Aimee Cooper
St. Lucie County
coopera@stlucieco.org

 

NA-IPC (NA-EPPC) Liaison

Represents FLEPPC to NA-IPC (NA-EPPC) as requested by Board.

Liaison: 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.


Brazilian Pepper

Chair: Dale A. Halbritter
USDA-ARS Invasive Plant Research Laboratory
Dale.Halbritter@ars.usda.gov


Chinese Tallow

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


Dioscorea

Chair: Christopher Kerr
Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Division of Plant Industry
Methods Development and Biological Control
(352) 395-4746
Christopher.Kerr@freshfromflorida.com


Grasses

Chair: Greg MacDonald
University of Florida
Department of Agronomy
352-294-1594
pineacre@ufl.edu


Lygodium

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