FL: Kissimmee Chain of Lakes invasive plant management meeting is Feb. 23

Managing aquatic plants in the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes is the
topic of a Feb. 23 public meeting hosted by the Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). The meeting in Kissimmee is
from 6-8 p.m. in the fourth-floor County Commission Chambers,
Osceola County Administration Building, 1 Courthouse Square.

“We want to know what business owners, property owners, anglers,
hunters, bird watchers, airboaters and others who have a vested
interest in the chain of lakes think,” said Ed Harris, FWC invasive
plant management biologist. “Now is the time to get and stay
involved.”

The goal of this meeting is to provide updates, answer questions
and receive public input on current hydrilla management, herbicide
monitoring reports, emergent habitat management status, snail kite
nesting, submerged vegetation mapping and pondweed management on
East Lake Tohopekaliga (called Toho for short).

Public input from the wide variety of user groups on the Kissimmee
Chain of Lakes, which includes lakes Kissimmee, Hatchineha,
Cypress, Jackson, Toho and East Lake Toho, is critical to create a
well-balanced approach to managing hydrilla and other invasive
aquatic plants.

“This is part of our ongoing process that will maintain a regular
dialogue with stakeholders about aquatic plant management on the
Kissimmee Chain. We hope everyone interested in aquatic plant
management efforts will attend this meeting and provide input,”
Harris said.

For more details about the meeting, contact Ed Harris at
407-858-6170.

 

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