Dear MSAPMS Members,

In the ever-changing world of aquatic plant management one thing has always remained, the plants keep coming back every year. Depending on your role in our industry and the plant species of concern, this resiliency can be a blessing or a curse. Or just when you think you have a species pegged, it throws you a curve-ball and you have to tip your hat and admit, "Well played shifty spermatophyte, well played".

When one sits and ponders the adaptability of certain species or their ability to seemingly spontaneously generate from the water, you have to admire them. I think we all, whether we admit or not, harbor a small amount of admiration for these plants. We as managers have must also be willing to adapt when the situation dictates and make full use of all the tools in the tool box.

I would be remiss if I didnít thank all the Board members who faithfully serve to make this Society what it is and thank you all for allowing me to serve as the President of the MSAPMS. In the future, please take the time to thank our Board members and if you have time, volunteer to serve on the Board.

One of the goals of the MSAPMS is to be the voice for aquatic plant management and water resource management in the MidSouth. With the many members in the Society, we have the knowledge and expertise available to make a difference. With this said, we must become more vocal and let our thoughts be known and heard. You have a Board that is committed to water resource management in the south and willing to be the voice for our group. I encourage everyone to attend the upcoming annual meeting and spread the word about our Society.

I look forward to the upcoming year and all the challenges, known and unknown, that it will present. Thank you again for your time and I hope everyone stays safe.

Josh Yerby

MidSouth Aquatic Plant Management Society © 2009