Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance hosting invasive plant removal program April 14

April 5, 2016

chinesetallowThe Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance (CBA) will be hosting an invasive plant removal program on April 14. The workshop will be at 5 p.m. at the NWFSC South Walton Center.

The workshop will introduce people to their Habitat Rx invasive plant removal program and teach about the problems with invasive plants and how to identify them. They will also encourage people to get involved with the program, whether by volunteering at future invasive plant removals, signing up to have invasive plants removed from their properties in South Walton, or acting as a “community leader” and spreading awareness about invasive plants to their friends and neighbors.

The program is a CBA led collaboration with The Longleaf Alliance, who are certified sawyers and will be doing the cutting of the trees, as well as the UF IFAS Extension Office. Sheila Dunning, horticulture agent for the UF IFAS Extension Office, will be helping lead the workshop and teach people how to identify invasive plants.

This year’s Habitat Rx program will focus on identifying and removing invasive plants anywhere in Walton County south of Hwy. 20.

Property owners in the program area with invasive plants can contact Rachel Gwin of CBA for forms to fill out and to be returned no later than August 12th.

CBA will schedule site visit days with The Longleaf Alliance to make sure they can safely remove the trees, schedule the removal dates, and debris removal. The aim is to target the removals are Chinese tallow trees and mimosa trees.

The South Walton NWFSC Center is located at 109 Greenway Trail, Santa Rosa Beach.

For more information, contact Rachel Gwin at