About Heartland Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area


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

2017 Steering Committee

Tabitha Biehl- Polk County; Environmental Lands Program
Shannon Carnevale- Univ. of Florida IFAS Extension Polk County
Erik Egensteiner- Florida Park Service
Greg Jubinski- Florida Natural Areas Inventory
Cathy Knott- Florida Polytechnic Institute; Florida Institute for Phosphate Research
Cody Miller- The Nature Conservancy
Cheryl Millet- The Nature Conservancy
Devon Moore- City of Winter Haven
Alex Onisko- South Florida Water Management District
Mike Sowinski- Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Kateri Tonyan- Colorado State Univ. CEMML; Avon Park Air Force Range
Savannah Winstanley- City of Winter Haven

Strategic Plans

Heartland CISMA 2016 - 2018 Work Plan

2010 - 2015 Strategic Plan

2011 Annual Work Plan