About Heartland Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area

Mission

Provide the collective outreach, support and strategic infrastructure to effectively manage invasive species across boundaries in the four-county area of DeSoto, Hardee, Highlands, Okeechobee and Polk Counties.

Membership Partners

Membership is open to any who would like to participate. Partners include:

Steering Committee

Formed November 2010, open to new members:

Cheryl Millett, TNC, chair
Keeli Carlton, Polk ELP
Keith Clanton, DOF- joined April 2011
Erik Egensteiner, FPS
Clarence Morgan, APAFR
Bob Nelson, TNC
Debi Tharp, TNC

All committees formed since November 2010, and are open to new members:

Aerial survey Committee

David Blood, FWC
Carrie Kotal, DOF
Cheryl Millett, TNC
Clarence Morgan, APAFR
Rosalind Rowe, TNC

Central Florida Invasive Species Workshop Committee

Tabitha Biehl-Gabbard, Polk County ELP, lead
Keeli Carlton, Polk County ELP
Carrie Kotal, DOF
Cheryl Millett, TNC
Mike Sowinski, FWC
Debi Tharp, TNC

EDRR/Control Committee

Keeli Carlton, Polk County ELP
Erik Egensteiner, FPS
Carrie Kotal, DOF
Cheryl Millett, TNC
Clarence Morgan, APAFR
Bob Nelson, TNC
Debi Tharp, TNC
Katrina Noland, BTG

Early Detection Scavenger Hunt Committee

Debi Tharp, TNC, lead
Carrie Kotal, DOF
Cheryl Millett, TNC

Education Committee

Katrina Noland, BTG, lead
Carrie Kotal, DOF
Shannon McGee, UF/IFAS

Invasive Species ID Workshops Committee

Tabitha Biehl-Gabbard, Polk County ELP, lead
Keeli Carlton, Polk County ELP
Carrie Kotal, DOF
Cheryl Millett, TNC
Mike Sowinski, FWC
Debi Tharp, TNC

Prevention Committee

Bob Nelson, TNC

Website Committee

Cheryl Millett, TNC


2010-2015 Strategic Plan

2011 Annual Work Plan