This project was funded by the 2011 FISC Kathy Craddock Burks Education and Outreach Grant.
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Orange County includes the city of Orlando and a dozen other incorporated municipalities. It is a member of the Central Florida Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area, a partnership of government agencies, individuals, and various interested groups that develop resources, educate and share information to manage invasive species in a geographic area that includes Orange and Seminole Counties. The Orange County Environmental Protection Division works to serve the community by protecting the environment through education, participation, and conservation.
The Florida Invasive Species Council (FISC) is a non-profit 501(c)3 with the mission of reducing the impacts of invasive plants in Florida through the exchange of scientific, educational, and technical information. FISC compiles invasive species lists that are revised every two years. Professional botanists and others perform exhaustive studies to determine invasive plants that should be placed on the lists. Invasive plants are termed Category I invasives when they are altering native plant communities by displacing native species, changing community structures or ecological functions, or hybridizing with natives. This definition does not rely on the economic severity or geographic range of the problem, but on the documented ecological damage caused. Category II invasive plants have increased in abundance or frequency but have not yet altered Florida plant communities to the extent shown by Category I species. These species may become Category I if ecological damage is demonstrated.
The University of South Florida is a leading public research university and one of the fastest growing in federal funding. USF is one of only 25 public research universities nationwide with very high research activity that is also designated as community engaged by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.
WaterAtlas.org is the gateway website of the Water Atlas program, a project of the University of South Florida Water Institute. The program's mission is to help communities make informed decisions about water resources by using technology to collect and disseminate accurate and up-to-date data on water quality and sufficiency, as well as tools to analyze and understand the information.
The Atlas of Florida Plants is a joint effort by the Institute for Systematic Botany, the University of South Florida and the USF Water Institute to provide users with a comprehensive searchable database of vascular plants in the State of Florida. The Atlas has information for over 4,300 species of native or naturalized ferns and seed plants, including taxonomy and nomenclature, listed status, herbarium specimens, and a collection of more than 15,000 photos.