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2016

2016 Conference Art by Jane Coon

Keynotes:

  • Tom Hoctor, Ph.D. - Florida Wildlife Corridor.
  • Clay Henderson - Director of the Florida Institue for Water and Environmental Resilience - Sound Environmental Policy
  • Tim Rumage, Ph.D. - This Spaceship Earth
  • Roger Hammer - Endemic Florida Wildflowers

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2015

2015 Conference Art by Marjorie Shropshire

Keynotes:

  • Bruce Means, Ph.D. - The Wild, Wild World of the Florida Panhandle--An Amazing Cradle of Life.

Explore this conference: 2015 Conference Website

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2014

2014 Conference

Keynotes:

  • Dr. Jim Wohlpart - Remembering Sacred Reason: Global Warming, Sense of Place, and Native Species.

Find 2014 photos: FNPS FLICKR site

2013

2013 Conference Art by Jim Draper

Keynotes:

  • Jim Draper, Artist - Pascua de Florida and Planting in Harmony. Jim Draper opened the conference on Friday morning. Jim Draper is an artist who possesses a deep understanding of our place within natural systems. His latest body of work entitled Feast of Flowers is a multi-disciplinary project that critically investigates new ways of understanding Florida’s history, environmental aesthetics and the human place within the natural order. It is comprised of a collection of original paintings along with a digital anthology of collected works that seek to explain Florida’s enigmatic environmental and social landscape. Essential in offering a unique perspective to the 500th anniversary of the naming of Florida, the curated document features responses from voices of various disciplines and serves as a cultural critique of our state, while Draper’s paintings explain a personal relationship with the unique Floridian ecosystem. Jim Draper contributed the conference artwork.
  • Roger Hammer - La Florida. FNPS Rock Star Roger Hammer was the keynote speaker on Saturday morning. A widely recognized expert on native wildflowers, Roger is passionate about Florida native orchids. Roger’s depth of knowledge and wit provided an engaging homage to Florida’s Native Flora, highlighting wildflowers that are found in Florida and nowhere else on Earth.
  • Tom Hoctor - Florida Wildlife Corridors. Tom Hoctor was the final speaker on Saturday afternoon. In his plenary address, he presented the history of efforts to identify and protect wildlife corridors and a connected network of public and private conservation lands across Florida. Two primary elements of our evolving efforts are the Florida Ecological Greenways Network (FEGN) and the Florida Wildlife Corridor. The FEGN is part of the legislatively adopted Florida Greenways and Trails Plan administered by the Office of Greenways and Trails in the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. The FEGN identifies areas of opportunity for protecting a statewide network of ecological hubs and linkages designed to maintain large landscape-scale ecological functions including focal species habitat and ecosystem services throughout the state.

2012

2012 Conference Postcard

Keynotes:

  • Jeff Klinkenberg, Author and St. Pete Times Columnist - Skeeters, Poison Ivy and Other Things I Love About Real Florida. Mr. Klinkenberg writes about Florida culture and the people who make the state unique. He joined the St. Pete Times (now the Tampa Bay Times) in 1977, and his work takes him from Pensacola to Key West. He is an adjunct professor with the University of Florida's College of Journalism and the first Writer in Residence for the University of South Florida's Florida Studies Graduate Program. He is the author of numerous essays, including a collection called "Pilgrim in the Land of Alligators" (2008) and his best-selling anthology, "Seasons of Real Florida" and "Land of Flowers."
  • Doug Tallamy, PhD - Dean of the College of Wildlife and Entomology, University of Delaware - Your Role in Building Biological Corridors: Networks for Life. Biodiversity is essential to sustaining human societies because it is other living things that run our ecosystems. Yet, throughout the US, we have fragmented the habitats that support biodiversity by the way we have landscape our cities, suburbs, and farmland. This is a problem because isolated habitats cannot support populations large enough to survive normal environmental stresses. We can reconnect viable habitats by expanding existing greenways, building riparian corridors, and by changing the landscaping paradigm that dominates our yards and corporate landscapes. Replacing half the area that is now in barren lawn with plants that are best at supporting food webs would create over 20 million acres of connectivity and go a long way toward sustaining biodiversity in the future.
  • Hillary Swain, PhD, Director, Archbold Biological Station - Saving the Physical, Liquid, and Emotional Heart of Florida. Dr. Swain's talk drew from her experiences at Archbold, and her service on Florida Acquisition and Restoration Council (ARC), the Florida committee charged with oversight responsibility for land management of state lands, and the conservation acquisition program, Florida Forever. Her talk will included conservation success stories that provide inspiration and purpose for the practitioners, academics, and many plant enthusiasts of the Florida Native Plant Society.

2011

2011 Conference Poster

Keynotes:

  • Rick Darke - Livable Florida: Native by Design. Though Florida's indigenous beauty and diversity is readily apparent to keen observers, it has long been devalued by a popular culture which favors the exotic. In an age of diminishing natural and economic resources, conserving, enhancing and managing the state's indigenous plant communities will increasingly depend upon a creative, illustrative vision of how Florida natives function in a broad array of livable landscapes. Mr. Rick Darke explored the art of observation as it applies to local ecologies and human habitats and will outline a design ethic that integrates conservation, functionality and sustainable practices.
  • Rutherford H. Platt, PhD - Blooming Cities: Restoring Nature in Urban America. Nature and cities were long thought to be opposites: cities are human artifacts and nature is found somewhere else. Since the 1990s, this view has changed. It is now widely recognized that nature in cities is not an oxymoron. Urban communities depend upon ecological services such as water supply, soil formation, micro-climate moderation, nutrient assimilation, flood mitigation and carbon sequestration. It has been well documented that frequent contact with nature is beneficial to humans, and especially children. Efforts are in progress in many American cities to restore ecological functions through such initiatives as: stream and watershed restoration; conservation of surviving natural areas and native plant communities; community gardens and farmers markets; and replacing invasive species with native species.
  • Mari Margil,Associate Director of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund - CELDF/Earth Jurisprudence: The Rights of Nature. By most measures, the environment today is in worse shape than when the major U.S. environmental laws were adopted over thirty years ago. Current laws legalize environmental harms by regulating how much pollution or destruction of nature can occur under law. Rather than preventing pollution and environmental destruction, these laws instead codify it. These laws were passed under the authority of the Commerce Clause, which grants exclusive authority over "commerce" to Congress. Treating nature as commerce has meant that existing environmental law frameworks in the U.S. are anchored in the concept of nature as property. CELDF works with communities that recognize that environmental protection cannot be attained under a structure of law that treats ecosystems as property.

2010

2010 Conference Poster

Keynotes:

  • June Bailey White - The Joys and Horrors of Inheriting an Old Family Garden. Ms. White read several essays about the pleasures, sorrows, duties and responsibilities of inheriting a generations-old family garden, and her attempts during her stewardship to balance respect for the environment with the vision of the garden's original planner.
  • Vassilike Betty Smocovitis, PhD - Plant Blindness: Historical and Cultural Perspectives on a Peculiar Disease. Dr. Smocovitis explored the phenomenon recently recognized as "plant blindness," or the inability to see plants or failure to appreciate them.
  • Darrel Morrison - Overcoming Faceless/Placeless Landscape Design. Landscape design can reach the level of "ecological art" with the synthesis of ecological understanding and artistic spatial design. Since the living, dynamic landscape is the medium for this art, we can be informed and inspired by naturally-evolving landscapes in the regions where we work. Hence, it is important to spend time in those landscapes, where we can learn much about natural patterns and processes.

2009

2009 Conference Poster

Keynotes:

  • Doug Tallamy, PhD - Bringing Nature Home. Dr Tallamy spoke onbiodiversity, our need to change landscaping paradigms to save biodiversity, depedency of animal diversity on native plants, and what a sustainable suburban ecosystem might look like.
  • Dan Austin, PhD. Plants and People: From Swamps to Deserts. Dr Austin provided an introduction to the plants shared between Florida and the Southwestern United States, and discussed the role of indigenous peoples in creating this distribution.
  • Harold R. Wanless, PhD - The Influence of Sea Level Change on Florida's Ecology. Discussed sea level change, its rate of change (approx. 1 ft rise per century) and its likely effects on Florida's flora.

2008

2008 Conference Art

Keynotes:

  • John Thaxton, Sarasota Board of County Commissioners - Tools to Influence Public Policy and Local Government: Decisions to bring about Change in Your Community
  • Linda Young, Clean Water Network of Florida - The Status of Estuaries in Florida

2007

2007 Conference Poster

Keynotes:

  • Janisse Ray. Ms. Ray grew up in a junkyard along Highway 1. She is the author of Wild Card Quilt and Ecology of a Cracker Childhood, which won the American Book Award, as well as other notable awards. A naturalist and environmental activist, she publishes her work in Wild Earth, Audubon, Florida Naturalist, Georgia Wildlife and The Washington Post and has been a nature commentator for Georgia Public Radio. Her third book Pinhook: Finding Wholeness in a Fragmented Land is the story of a 750,000-acre wildland corridor between south Georgia and north Florida and was published in 2005.
  • William Cullina. Mr. Cullina holds degrees in plant science and psychology and has worked in plant propagation and nursery production for over 20 years. In 1993 he became nursery manager and propagator at the New England Wild Flower Society's Garden in the Woods and Nasami Farm, where he is the director of the New England Wild Flower Society Nurseries, the largest of its kind in New England. His first book, The New England Wild Flower Society Guide to Growing and Propagating Wildflowers of the United States and Canada, was published in 2000. Native Trees, Shrubs, and Vines - a guide to using, growing and propagating North American woody plants was published in 2002. Understanding Orchids was published in 2004, and a third volume in the natives series on grasses, ferns, and mosses was to be published in 2007.

2006

2006 Conference Poster

Keynotes:

  • Gary Knight, Director, Florida Natural Areas Inventory - Working Together to Understand and Protect Florida's Precious Natural Heritage
  • Richard Louv, Last Child in the Woods: Nature Deficit Disorder

2005

2005 Conference Poster

Keynotes:

  • Gary Knight, Director, Florida Natural Areas Inventory - Working Together to Understand and Protect Florida's Precious Natural Heritage
  • Richard Louv, Last Child in the Woods: Nature Deficit Disorder

2004

2004 Conference Art

Keynotes:

  • David Price, Horticulturist at Bok Tower - Creating a Sanctuary: Olmstead Inspired by Nature
  • Colleen Castille, Secretary of DEP - Update on environmental regulatory and law enforcement programs and land acquisition under Gov. Bush
  • Kathy Burks - Invasive Exotic Plants: An Update

2003

2003 Conference Poster

Keynotes:

  • Mike Duever, Ph.D. - South Florida Plant Communities: past, present, and future
  • Doug Jones, Ph.D. - Butterfly Migration and Biomagnetism
  • Elfren Cazares Ph.D. - The Importance of Micorrhizae to Plant and Habitat Restoration

2002

2002 Conference Art

Keynotes:

  • Gil Nelson, Ph.D. - Natural Gardens of the Florida big Bend: An Orientation to Your Four Days in Paradise
  • Loran Anderson, Ph.D. - Carnivorous Plants of the Florida Big Bend

2000

2000 Conference Art

Keynotes:

  • Andy Wasowski - Building Inside Nature's Envelope
  • Stuart L. Pimm, Ph.D. - Life on Earth: Does It Have a Future?

2000

2000 Conference Art

Keynotes:

  • Francis 'Jack' Putz - The Homogeocene: Questions About the Past and Concerns About the Future
  • Terrence 'Rock' Salt - The Everglades restoration: Maintaining the Momentum
  • Georgia Tasker - What Tree in the Right Place?
  • Nathaniel P. Reed - Exotics: A Way of Life or---?

1999

Host: FNPS

Location: Palm Coast, Flagler County - Palm Coast Resort

Theme: Gardening in Harmony

Keynotes:

  • Brett Rappaport- Avoid Running Afoul of Local Weed Laws!
  • Sara Stein - Restoring the Ecology of our Own Back Yards

1998

1998 Conference Art

Keynotes:

  • Clyde Butcher - Florida's Biological Landscape
  • Dan Austin - Displacement of Native Ecosystems by Invasive Alien Plants: The Florida Experience

1997

1997 Conference Art

Keynotes:

  • Roger Hammer - Recreating Florida's Good Ole Days: Does Ecological Restoration Imply a Return to the Past or is it a New vision for the Future of Florida's Natural Areas?
  • Sally and Andy Wasowski - Creating Native Habitat Gardens

1996

1996 Conference Art

Keynotes:

  • Dr. Richard Wunderlin - Central Florida's Flora and Its Origin
  • Gary Nabhan - The Forgotten Pollinators

1995

1995 Conference Art

1994

1994 Conference Art

Keynotes:

  • Roger Hammer - Recreating Florida's Good Ole Days: Does Ecological Restoration Imply a Return to the Past or is it a New vision for the Future of Florida's Natural Areas?
  • Sally and Andy Wasowski - Creating Native Habitat Gardens

1993

1993 Conference Art

Keynotes:

  • Dr. Hillary Swain - Now That We've Bought It, What Do We Do With it? on Environmentally Endangered Lands Program
  • Dr. William Hammond - Getting Wild and Managing to Stay Wild

1992

Host: Pinellas Chapter

Location: St. Pete Beach - Dolphin Inn

1991

Hosts: Tarflower Chapter

Location: Orlando - Holiday Inn, UCF Area

1990

Host: Dade Chapter

Location: Miami - FIU Campus

1989

Host: Coccoloba Chapter

Location: 1989 Fort Myers - ECC Campus

1988

Host: Paynes Prairie

Location: Gainesville - UF Campus

1987

Host: Heartland Chapter

Location: Lakeland - FSC Campus

1986

Host: Suncoast Chapter

Location: Tampa - USF Campus

1985

Host: Tarflower Chapter

Location: Winter Park - Rollins College Campus

1984

Host: Palm Beach Chapter

Location: 1984 Boca Raton - FAU Campus

1983

Host: Naples Chapter

Location: 1983 Naples - The Conservancy

1982

Host: FNPS

Location: 1982 Gainesville - UF Campus

1981

Host: FNPS

Location: Winter Park - Rollins College