DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Watch out exotic plants. There's a new sheriff in town, or at least some local residents on foot patrol.

A group of government workers, private landowners and nonprofit leaders are banding together to fight the invasion of exotic plants in Brevard, Flagler, Putnam and Volusia counties in Florida's northeast corridor.

This new organization joins 15 similar groups across the state.

By some estimates, more than 25,000 plant species have been introduced to Florida. About 700 of them now grow wild.

Statewide, farmers, government agencies and others spend an estimated $350 million a year to control the spread of invasive species.