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Vote for Money to Conserve Environmental Lands

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Posted August 04, 2014

    The Water and Land Conservation Amendment (Amendment 1) will appear on the ballot this November, giving voters throughout the state a direct opportunity to keep our drinking water clean, protect our rivers, lakes and springs, restore natural treasures like the Everglades and protect…

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FNPS 2015 Call for Papers

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Posted September 29, 2014

The Florida Native Plant Society Annual Conference will be held in Tallahassee, Florida, May 28-31, 2015. The Research Track of the Conference will include presented papers and a poster session on Friday May 29 and Saturday May 30. Researchers are invited to submit abstracts on research related…

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FNPS 2015 Endowment Grant Research Awards and Conservation Grant Awards

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Posted September 29, 2014

The Florida Native Plant Society maintains an Endowment Research Grant program for the purpose of funding research on native plants. These are small grants ($1500 or less), awarded for a 1-year period, and intended to support research that forwards the mission of the Florida Native Plant Society…

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CPR Policy -- Conserve, Preserve, Restore

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Posted October 14, 2014

FNPS has published updated policies on its Conservation, Preservation, and Restoration.  Download from our Resources Page or directly from  http://fnps.org/assets/pdf/pubs/cpr_policy_final_9_25_2014.pdf.

Conservation Gains! State Sells Non-Conservation Land to Support Purchases of Conservation Lands

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Posted September 16, 2014

TALLAHASSEE- The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of State Lands has surpassed the goal of selling $40 million of non-conservation land to purchase new, valuable conservation lands. The division finalized the sale of two more state-owned surplus non-conservation lands…

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Kissimmee Prairie State Park

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Posted September 13, 2014

Support the Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park and help our Education Committee create an educational video. Enjoy this special field trip sponsored by the Friends of Kissimmee Prairie Preserve. Take a stroll through the beautiful fall prairie with two of Florida’s most recognized wildflower…

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Central Everglades report for public, state and agency review

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Posted October 14, 2014

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District released the revised final report for the Central Everglades Planning Project (CEPP) for public, state and agency review today.   “All of the recommended revisions to the report have been completed and approved and we’re…

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Speak Out for Headwaters

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Posted September 09, 2014

 Tell Congress to Leave the Clean Water Rule Alone The U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to vote this week on a bill that would prevent the proposed Clean Water Rule from taking effect. The Clean Water Rule returns the protections of the Clean Water Act to our headwaters. Headwaters are…

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Re-Use Water Planning

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Posted August 29, 2014

SB 536, which passed in the 2014 legislative session, requires “DEP, in coordination with stakeholders shall conduct a comprehensive study and submit a report on the expansion of use of reclaimed water, stormwater, and excess surface water in this state.” This bill has potential impacts of Florida native…

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FNPS Chapters Support Eco-Voice.

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Posted July 23, 2014

Eco-Voice provides almost daily updates on environmental events and issues with a focus on Southwest Florida.  Every morning before 6 am a selection of news items, great photos, and announcements of environmental events relevant to South Florida, with links to sources and additional information, is…

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Notices of Rule Development -- Water Management Districts

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Posted July 23, 2014

The Florida Water Management Districts create rules that affect the management of Florida’s water.  These rules affect requirements for permits and management of key resources.  You can find out more and be prepared to participate in public workshops and submit comments on proposed rules.…

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Prairie Wildflower Walk

Sponsored by the Friends of Kissimmee Prairie Preserve


When most people think of prairie they think of the Midwest; flat, treeless land with acres upon acres of wheat or corn. Few conjure an image of dwarf palmetto and wiregrass stretching to the horizon, interrupted only by sparse hammocks of cabbage palm and small seasonal ponds. Yet Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park, located in rural Okeechobee, is just that. KPP protects the largest remaining tract of the unique Florida dry prairie. Its 54,000 acres contain a mosaic of dry prairie, wet prairie, marshes, sloughs, cabbage palm and oak hammocks, flood plain - no less than 14 distinct natural communities - which sustain a vast and diverse array of flora and fauna. This is prairie in Florida, shaped by the sea, maintained by frequent fire, and with its own history. This is the land made famous by author Patrick Smith in A Land Remembered.


In the fall, the Florida dry prairie is ablaze with color and texture: rich yellow goldenrods and sunflowers, purple blue Liatris and Carphephorus, and tall, tawny grasses sway gently among the bright green saw palmettos. (as seen in the photo above). This spectacular sight is not to be missed. Fortunately for all of us, Roger Hammer and Craig Huegel, two of Florida's most recognized wildflower experts, will lead two wildflower walks at Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park on November 1, 2014. Their extensive knowledge of Florida's flora, along with their well known wit and humor, are guaranteed to emake the trip both educational and entertaining.

All aboard the Swamp Buggy Express!
Participants may also sign up for a free 45 minute buggy ride in the prairie.

Cost for the plant walk is $24 for Friends of Kissimmee Prairie Preserve members and $34 for non-members. Walks are scheduled at both 9:30 am and 1:30 pm and are limited to 20 participants each - first come, first serve.

To register, and for more information, visit: http://www.kissimmeeprairiefriends.org
Click on "Special Event" on the home page.
Roger Hammer is a well known author, photographer and botanist, with several excellent guides to Florida wildflowers. He is a very sought after speaker and workshop leader. He holds an Honorary Doctor of Science from Florida International University and has received numerous awards for his work as a naturalist from the Florida Native Plant Society, Audubon Society and the North American Butterfly Association.

Craig Huegel is an accomplished Ecologist, Environmental Consultant and author. He is an expert in the design of wildlife-attracting landscapes in Florida. Craig is the author of several very popular books on wildflowers and native plant landscaping for wildlife. He has a Ph.D. in Animal Ecology from Iowa State University and has received numerous awards for his environmental education, restoration and preservation work.



Additional Photos taken at KPP

The inflorescences of these grasses give the prairie a mist-like glow
Eastern meadowlark (Sturnella magna) among the goldenrods (Solidago spp.)
 D.Y.C.s (darn yellow composites) might be hard to key out but they're cheerful to look at
This could be you!
Florida Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo osceola)
Blazing star (Liatris spp.) and Skipper butterfly
The rare is commonplace at KPP. Clockwise from top left:
Bachman's sparrow, Catesby's lily, crested caracara and zebra swallowtail

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Text provided by the Friends of Kissimmee Prairie Preserve
Photos courtesy of Donna Bollenbach, Christina Evans, Stan Czaplicki, Craig Huegel, and Paul Marcellini
Posted and edited by Laurie Sheldon

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