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Invasive Species

Invasive species threaten the health of Florida's vital agricultural and natural lands. Forests and rangelands are being infested, cropland production is affected, streams and waterways are choked with weeds and wildlife species are losing habitat.    

What Are We Doing?

We help producers to tackle invasive species problems by:

  • Technical and financial assistance to manage invasive species and pests;
  • Conservation initiatives that work at a landscape scale to address natural resource concerns;
  • Conservation Innovation Grants with partner entities to support development and implementation of innovative approaches and strategies; and,
  • Plant Materials Centers research invasive species management and restore areas where invasive species have been removed.

Florida NRCS is a member of the Florida Invasive Species Partnership, a collaboration of federal, state and local agencies and non-government organizations with a stake in managing invasive non-native species. We connect private landowners and public land managers with invasive species expertise and assistance programs across boundaries.

Technical and Financial Assistance

NRCS technical assistance for invasive species begins with policy that:

  • Prevents introducing invasive species, controls and encourages using native plants species in restoration activities,
  • Encourages partnerships and local assistance for compiling state and regional invasive species lists and in detecting invasive species,
  • Requires detecting, inventorying and monitoring on private lands as part of the conservation planning process, and
  • Requires informing landowners of the presence of invasive species and providing technical assistance to eradicate them.

NRCS conservation practices that directly address invasive species management and control include:

  • Brush Management (CP# 314),
  • Early Successional Habitat Development/Management (CP# 647),
  • Forest Stand Improvement (CP# 666),
  • Integrated Pest Management (CP# 595),
  • Prescribed Burning (CP# 338), and
  • Prescribed Grazing (CP# 528).  

Conservation Activity Plans (CAPs) are specialized, in-depth conservation plans that address specific resource issues.  CAP 154 - IPM Herbicide Resistance Weed Conservation Plan specifically addresses herbicide-resistant cropland weeds.  CAP 114 - Integrated Pest Management Plan uses a sustainable ecosystem-based approach for managing pests, including invasive species.

More information on conservation practices (Section IV) and activity plans (Section III) can be found in the Field Office Technical Guide.  Click on Florida, your county, then go to the appropriate section.

Financial assistance programs provide help to producers to treat agricultural and forest acres and address invasive and pest species problems, including:

  • Environmental Quality Incentives Program
  • Conservation Stewardship Program

Herbicide-resistant weed control, diverse crop rotations, herbicide rotation, mechanical control and monitoring are the foundation of the current resistant weed management strategy. 

Conservation Initiative

The Everglades Initiative enables us to work with our partners and landowners to implement conservation practices that improve water quality, control invasive plant species, benefit wildlife and fish habitat and support rural economies in the Florida Everglades region.  An important component of this effort is to control invasive species that degrade the habitat and water regimes of this nationally treasured ecosystem.  We assists producers in the Everglades, including the Seminole Tribe, to implement brush management, herbaceous weed control, and prescribed grazing practices as part of systems to address the resource concerns caused by invasive species.