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the Preservation, Conservation, and Restoration of the Native Plants and Native Plant Communities of Florida.

We provide scientifically sound information on native plants, their habitats, the wildlife that depends on them, and their management and culture

Photographs above by Donna Bollenbach, Suncoast Chapter

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FNPS Submits Open Letter to Legislature

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Posted April 27, 2015

FNPS has written an open letter to the legislature that will be personally distributed by FNPS lobbyist Sue Mullins.  The letter provides factual evidence to dispute the legislature's continuing contention that Florida doesn't properly manage the conservation land that it already owns, and that we have already conserved enough land.  These contentions do not comport with facts!  

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2015 Conference

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Posted April 19, 2015

Join us in Tallahassee!  Registration is open.  The hotel is awaiting your registration.  Come enjoy the nature of north Florida, the camaraderie of fellow members, and the education of excellent speakers and field trips.  For details and registration information, please click on the link below.

2015 Conference -- Born to Burn

FNPS Submits Comments on Surplus Land Assessment by SWFWMD

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Posted April 13, 2015

The Southwest Florida Water Management District has assessed the conservation land that it holds in trust for the public to identify any properties that no longer have conservation value and can therefore be “surplussed”.  Surplus lands are put up for sale on the open  market. …

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Legislative Session Update -- Weeks 1 and 2

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Posted March 19, 2015

This is a summary of status of legislative actions of interest to FNPS.  Prepared by Sue Mullins and submitted to Gene Kelly, FNPS Policy Chair. Native Plant Conservation Funds In drafting the Senate legislation (SB 584) to restructure trust funds to implement Amendment 1, the termination of the…

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Cuba in November

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Posted April 01, 2015

Join FNPS in a botanical exploration of Cuba. The Florida Native Plant Society in partnership with the Florida Keys TREE Institute present The Plants of Central and Northwest Cuba November 15-22, 2015- 8 days, 7 nights Pinar del Rio, Vinales Valley, Zapata Swamp, Cienfuegos, Havana.

Join Raul Verdecia, one of Cuba’s native plant specialists to experience Cuba through a humanitarian exchange program by our 501-c-3, nonprofit organization. Share a true “People to People” exchange of culture and the environment. This exceptional program will include visiting the magical UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) Biospheres of Cienfuegos, Zapata Swamp, Vinales Valley, Pinar del Rio, and remarkable Havana. While there, you will learn about the gardens, environment, art, music, architecture, while having an opportunity to personally interface with the plant people of these regions!

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Express Your Opinion

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Posted March 05, 2015

The legislature is addressing issues of major importance for native plants and native plant ecosystems.  Be sure to use your voice to express your opinion in favour of improving our resources and the plants and animals that rely upon them. This message paraphrases a Florida Wildlife Federation…

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Slide Show Images

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Posted April 01, 2015

Do you have images that you think would be an asset to this home page?  We always want new images for our home page slideshow.   Images need to be at least 1140 pixels wide, and the ultimate image used will need to be 1140 px by 360 px (we can crop, we will not use images that are too small…

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Latest from the Blog


Learning from California

By Devon Higginbotham

Despite Governor Brown's pleas to conserve during the
ongoing severe drought, California's water use continues to rise.
Today, because of the drought in the southwest, the City of Palm Springs, CA (long considered a desert oasis) is returning to native plants. According to the New York Times, “Palm Springs has ordered 50 percent cuts in water use by city agencies, and plans to replace the lawns and annual flowers around city buildings with native landscapes. It is digging up the grassy median into town that unfurled before visitors like a carpet at a Hollywood premiere. It is paying residents to replace their lawns with rocks and desert plants…”   (See link at bottom for the entire article)

It’s too bad it takes an event as drastic as a drought to bring attention to the benefits of native plants, but once people realize the rewards to wildlife and the state’s water system, it becomes obvious, both in California and Florida. Hopefully California will learn and adapt to their climate and 20 years from now will “look” like an arid landscape should look.

Property surrounded by desert in Palm Springs. The state's current
landscape norms face an uncertain future as severe water shortages
have prompted a mandated a 25% reduction in non-ag water use.
Photo credit: Damon Winter/The New York Times
No doubt, the California Native Plant Society is revving into high gear, promoting the use of native plants in desert habitats. Every homeowner should be learning how to convert their yards to natives and conserve water, not just for a year but forever. Unfortunately there will be naysayers, like the man in the Times article that said, “I’m not going to stop watering,” said Matthew Post, 45, referring to the gardens around his Benedict Canyon home. “The state does not know how to arrange the resources they have, and so we have to pay for it….”

What can we learn from California?  Don’t wait for a crisis to change our concept of what is beautiful. We must be actively promoting and speaking out.

For the first time since 2007, FNPS is poised to top the 3,000 mark in membership. This is a monumental point in our growth which was diminished by the drop in the US economy.

Because of the graceful stewardship of Jonnie Spitler, FNPS now has a very capable Membership Chair who is uniting and supporting all the chapter chairs. We have a new FNPS brochure on the way to the publishers, smaller chapters are getting support and membership is growing.

This home in California's Yucca Valley is surrounded by native plants.
Hopefully more people will recognize its beauty as well as its functionality
and enviro-conscious appeal.
Also this year, thanks to the careful guidance of Karina Veaudry, we have a new chapter, The Villages, in Sumter Co which has grown in just a few months to over 60 members. Interest in Florida Native Plants is sparking in homeowners, politicians and governmental officials. But we need to continue growing and that means more members, more feet on the ground, more neighbors talking to neighbors!

Over the next few months, FNPS is poised to surpass our all-time high of 3145 members. This is not the end of our goal but merely the beginning.

Heather Cooley, water program director for the Pacific Institute, an environmental research group based in Oakland said,  “This will change what Californians see as beautiful”. Let’s not wait for a drought or dried lakes and streams or murky springs to change what Floridians see as beautiful.

http://mobile.nytimes.com/2015/04/05/us/california-drought-tests-history-of-endless-growth.html?_r=0

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