Media Advisory – Participate in the annual HalloWeed invasive plant count

MAITLAND, Fla., Oct. 3, 2016 — The community is invited to join St. Johns River Water Management District staff as they participate in the Annual HalloWeed Count, a statewide data collection event to identify and map invasive plants.

With the help of Florida’s Cooperative Invasive Species Management Areas, collected invasive plant data is included in the Early Detection and Distribution Mapping System. All data collected during HalloWeed plant counts is reviewed by state verifiers to ensure accuracy. The data is made freely available to scientists, researchers, land managers, landowners, educators, conservationists, ecologists, farmers, foresters, and to state and national parks.

WHAT: Annual HalloWeed Count by kayak
WHEN: Oct. 22 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
WHERE: Flagler County kayak launch on A1A/North Ocean Shore Boulevard

WHAT: Annual HalloWeed Count hike
WHEN: Oct. 25 from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
WHERE: Lake Apopka North Shore

Volunteers are needed to make this a successful count. Registration is required to participate. To register, contact Deborah Stone at or call 386-643-1921.