Yet another great regional conference in the books! The Florida Aquatic Plant Management Society held their annual conference in Daytona Beach October 14th – 16th. They had a fantastic turnout and three days packed with great presentations, events, and fun!
The meeting kicked off Tuesday morning with a call to order from President James Boggs Jr followed by the keynote address delivered by Jeff Schardt of Florida FWC. Schardt discussed aquatic plant management of the past, present, and future, opening up discussion on the fast growing science. The morning was rounded out with several updates on invasive plant management throughout the State of Florida. The Tuesday afternoon session featured talks on pesticide safety and new uses of various aquatic herbicides. Tuesday evening was rounded off with a Presidential Reception to allow attendees a chance to unwind and catch up with old friends and colleagues.
Wednesday morning’s session touched on a variety of topics from discussion of new successes in biocontrol, vegetation management in stormwater areas, and discussion on control of Cogongrass, Wax Myrtle, and Chinese Tallow. William Overholt of the University of Florida IFAS pointed out the discovery of invasive Phragmites in the State. Wednesday afternoon featured some “hot topics” from the world of aquatic plant management including resistance and safety of herbicide use in aquatic environments.
Wednesday evening activities were certainly the highlight of the conference, with the always popular duck race and awards banquet. Dean Jones took home the coveted “Aquatic Plant Manager of the Year”. Manager Presentation winners were Joey Liberatore, Kevin Damasso, Leif Willey, and JimBeau Wilmoth. Immediate Past President James Boggs handed the plaque and gavel to incoming President Ed Harris and Jeff Schardt and Stephanie McCarty took home Lifetime Membership Awards!
Thursday morning wrapped up the meeting with discussions of new products and research in aquatic plant management.
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