FLEPPC's 26th Annual Symposium
May 17th - 20th, 2011
Overview: The 2011 FLEPPC symposium promises to be another thought-provoking meeting with the latest information on a variety of topics related to invasive species in Florida. Here's a preview of what you can look forward to at the Symposium:
- An array of presentations on the latest technology in invasive species control;
- Updates on biological control research for Florida invasive plant species;
- The latest on Cooperative Invasive Species Management Areas (CISMAs) throughout Florida
- Workshop on the latest in Lygodium control
- Offerings of the General Pesticide Certification Exam and the Natural Areas Certification Exam
- Local field trips to evaluate invasive plant management programs and herbicide demonstration plots.
- CEUs will be offered
- …and much more.
Theme: This year's theme is Exotics on the Run: Leveling the Playing Field for Native Plants. We will be exploring the dynamic interactions between exotic invasive plants and native plants. There will also be opportunities for dynamic interactions between invasive plant folks and native plant folks. The Florida Native Plant Society will be hosting their conference at the same location May 19th-22nd. Members are encouraged to register and attend both conferences. We will also get the chance to interact during joint social events planned for Wednesday and Thursday evenings. Join us in Maitland for what promises to be a stimulating Symposium and great networking opportunity.
Dr. Deborah Green, Author, Educator and Member of the Florida Native Plant Society
The FLEPPC Board of Directors is pleased to present this year's keynote speaker, Dr. Deborah Green. Deborah Green earned her Ph.D. in entomology from University of California, Berkeley, working with the Biological Control Group, which did introduction of insect predators on invasive exotic plants. An environmental science instructor for the past 23 years, she has written 3 natural history books on Central Florida preserved areas. These self-published books of the mid to late 1990s were pioneering works interpreting ecological information, in the days before the Internet. While working in the water conservation field in Volusia County, she received a FLEPPC grant to produce an "Avoid These Plants" brochure, which makes understandable the FLEPPC lists for the local area. Over 20,000 of these brochures were printed and distributed in an effort by the Paw Paw Chapter and Volusia County Environmental Management. FNPS member since 1987, she is the state representative for the Cuplet Fern Chapter.