Burmese Pythons: Management
Over the past decade, the National Park Service has invested significant time and resources in cooperative efforts that have greatly increased our understanding of the ecological impacts of established invasive constrictors in south Florida. In addition, these partnerships have helped evaluate potential control strategies to address present populations, and better engage the public in preventing the negative impacts that these and other invasive exotics can exert on natural areas.
In addition to the programs outlined above, the NPS is an active participant in the Everglades Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area (ECISMA) - an organization that provides a mechanism to coordinate invasive species management efforts in the Everglades. This grass-roots interagency group has developed a strategy for approaching invasive species problems in the Everglades that follows well-established, internationally accepted elements at the field-level.
The major components of the invasive animals strategy are: 1. Prevention and assessment of new invasives, 2. Management and control of established invasives, 3. Education and outreach, and 4. interagency coordination and planning.
Did You Know?
Over the course of thousands of years, the natural communities of South Florida have become well adapted to the devastating effects of seasonal hurricanes. In fact, such storms are considered an important element in the long-term health of the Everglades.