Invasive Plant Management

Chris Mayhew, Weed Control Supervisor

Email: cmayhew@highlandsfl.gov
4344 George Blvd., Sebring, Fl 33875
Phone: (863) 402-7423


Throughout the County, our Invasive Plant Management Division manages nuisance aquatic and upland plants that pose a threat by degrading and diminishing conservation lands and waterways. Only water bodies that are normally accessible by floating vessels fall under this divisions maintenance responsibility. Routine maintenance application of chemical herbicides is done to help reduce vegetation growth in canals, ponds, lakes and ditches to minimize drainage flow restrictions and assure design or natural conveyance capacity. All herbicide chemicals are approved through both Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC).

Highlands County is one of many local government agencies’ to be approved for FWC’s State-Funded program. The program designs, funds, coordinates, and contracts invasive nonnative aquatic plant control efforts in Florida regarding public waters.  FWC also ensures that beneficial native aquatic plants in our Florida ponds, lakes and rivers are protected through its permitting programs and funding research.  The list of Highlands County State-Maintained Water Bodies click here.

For more information concerning FWC’s Aquatic Plant Management Program please go to the following link:
https://myfwc.com/wildlifehabitats/habitat/invasive-plants/aquatic-plant/

http://plants.ifas.ufl.edu/

Any questions or concerns regarding water bodies near you, please contact Chris Mayhew, Weed Control Supervisor. He can be contacted at (863) 402-7423 or through the Road and Bridge receptionist desk at (863) 402-6529.