Alien invaders…


…will be the topic of an upcoming public forum: Invasive Species and the Law.

Everyone – especially sportsmen – concerned about conservation should be very concerned about invasive species.

“The subject is timely with recent news,” according to Paula Benshoff, of Suncoast Cooperative Invasive Species Management Group.

“Pythons devour our native wildlife; Foreign fish have invaded our rivers and lakes,” she said in an email. “An imported  beetle is destroying our forests of bay trees, while once-common Florida bromeliads have been chomped to the status of endangered plants by the Mexican weevil.

“The resonate chorus of trees frogs in our own back yards have been silenced, out competed — and consumed — by the invasive Cuban tree frog,” she said.frog

The upcoming forum will address what legislation exists to protect our state from alien invaders, as well as what local codes and ordinances require neighborhoods to remove invasive plants from their communities.

This is an excellent opportunity for Sarasota and Manatee County residents to learn about the State laws and county ordinances that exist to protect our state from alien invaders.

The forum begins at 9 a.m. Wednesday, May 29, at the Southwest Florida Water Management District Building at 6750 Fruitville Road.

Here’s a flyer with more details about the meeting.



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Lee Williams can’t remember a time in his life when he wasn’t shooting. Before becoming a journalist, Lee served in the Army and worked as a police officer. He’s earned more than a dozen journalism awards as a reporter, and three medals of valor as a cop. He is an NRA-certified law enforcement firearms instructor, an avid tactical shooter and a training junkie. When he’s not busy as a senior investigative reporter, he is usually shooting his AKs, XDs and CZs. If you don’t run into him at a local gun range, you can reach him at 941.284.8553, by email, or by regular mail to 1777 Main St., Sarasota, FL 34236. You can follow him on Twitter: @HT_GunWriter and on Facebook @The Gun Writer.

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