This email is coming to you inform you of the status of the Central Florida Lygodium Strategy concerning climbing fern sentinel sites across Central Florida. This email is to inform you that the Sentinel site data recently submitted has been compiled and the results are very promising. Continued cooperation with the CFLS to monitor our sentinel sites across Central Florida for the presence of OWCF is a partnership that includes 9 agencies representing 14 conservation lands across Central Florida.
Results from the most recent sentinel observations and through Nov 2016 (see attached map).
a. No infestations were found at a sentinel site.
b. One new infestation was reported by Stanley Howarter. There was one small patch of OWCF located at Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge on July 10, 2016. The site has been treated and subsequent visits have not detected any regrowth. The rest of the refuge remains free of OWCF.
c. All of the sentinel sites were monitored with the exception of several sites in Ocala National Forest that were inaccessible without 4wd
d. The two northernmost points across the line continue to be monitored and treated, according to Jessica Spencer of the Army Corps of Engineers and the First Coast Invasive Working Group.
e. Hurricane Matthew provided the perfect opportunity to spread more spores. So now more than ever we need your alert eyes to continue to monitor for new infestations. We will be getting back in touch to remind you to revisit your sentinel sites in April of 2017.
Thank you for your continued interest in learning the results of these sentinel sites to help keep OWCF at bay.
Invasive Plant Biologist
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Invasive Plant Management Section
In coordination with The Nature Conservancy
6830 Shadowridge Dr. Suite 201
Orlando, Fl 32812
Work Cell: 407-269-4298