Exotic plant removal

Many people are unaware of the problems that exotic plants cause in Volusia County. People often incorrectly perceive of exotic plants as easier to grow, more colorful, or less expensive to buy. Residents, especially those new to Central Florida, are not accustomed to our native flora and unknowingly contribute to exotic invasive plants being introduced into Florida’s natural areas.

Of particular threat are the exotic invasive plants that have no locally occurring pests or diseases that would normally keep these plants in check in their country of origin. Many of these exotic invasive plants have become established in our county parks and on other publicly and privately owned lands. These exotic invasive plants are displacing the native plant species that our wildlife depends upon.

The exotic plant removal program strives to educate residents and visitors to Volusia County about the problems related to exotic invasive plants in our local communities. It also promotes the concepts of planting native plants, being water wise, and being responsible when using fertilizers or pesticides.

A proactive outcome of this education program is training citizens to recognize and remove exotic invasive plants. They will learn the removal techniques in our public natural areas first, and then use that knowledge to eliminate exotics growing in their own backyards.

Plan of action

  • Locate and document exotic plant species
  • Recruit volunteers
  • Train volunteer group in exotic plant removal techniques
  • Locate and remove exotic plant species in other county parks and public lands
  • Monitor results

Your involvement

You can help by volunteering your time to learn about the exotic plants in your area and by joining our removal team. To join our team, visit www.volusia.org/volunteervolusia to complete a volunteer application or contact Danielle Ramsey at (386) 736-5927 Ext. 12330 or dramsey@volusia.org.

Brochures:

Waterwise plants  [PDF]
Avoid these plants  [PDF]
Australian pine invasion  [PDF]
Brazilian pepper invasion  [PDF] 
Invasive plant flip chart  [PDF]

Katrina Locke
Sustainability & Natural Resources Director
klocke@volusia.org
ext. 15850

Debbie Wingfield
Manatee Protection Program Manager
dwingfield@volusia.org
ext. 12235
 

386-736-5927

For stranded manatees, whales,
sea turtles, and dolphins call FWC:
1-888-404-3922

For right whale sightings call the
Right Whale Hotline:
1-888-979-4253