Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department

Plant Conservation Alliance Invasive Species

A Florida wildlife grant is based on the conservation needs in Florida to preserve natural habitats and their wildlife. Florida wildlife grants financially support the efforts of environmental conservationist group projects and bring attention to urgent environmental issues, such as human encroachment, pollution and extinction of rare or endangered species. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Florida's Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategy manages the wildlife grants program within the state through the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Congress asked Florida and other states to develop a plan to protect natural environments. Florida created strategies to prevent future depletion of its natural habitat to curtail the high maintenance costs to the state. This federally funded program provides financial support for conservation projects that meet specific criteria.

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Because of the climate in the Smoky Mountains, many non-native plant and animal species thrive, although they are usually found in Asia or Europe. Kudzu, garlic mustard, and mimosa are the most invasive plant species. Two problematic insects are destroying trees and impacting both the ecosystem and scenery: the Hemlock and Balsam Woolly Adelgids. The Balsam Woolly Adelgid is of European origin but the Fraser Fir trees in the Smokies have no defense against it. The insect cuts off the supply of nutrients to the tree, causing the needles to fall off and the eventual death of the tree. The Hemlock Woolly Adelgid, brought from Asia, works the same way but feeds on Hemlock trees. One other non-native species might help control the Adelgids. The National Park has introduced a beetle that feeds exclusive on these insects but it will still take years to produce noticeable results. With the help of beetles and tree vaccines, the Smokies might return to scenic glory. This only scratches the surface of the abundant wildlife found in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Repeat visitors to the Park will begin to look beyond the scenery and historic significance to the beautiful complexity that makes the Smokies such a popular destination in America.