Attend a Meeting of Your Legislative Delegation
The varous County-level meetings of Legislative Delegations are taking place right now, prior to the start of the 2017 Legislative Session. These meetings provide an outstanding opportunity for you to share your concerns with the legislators - Senators and Representatives - who represent you in Tallahassee. Try contacting your Legislative Delegation office to learn when your meeting is scheduled, and watch for an Action Alert from the FNPS Policy Committee that announces your Delegation's meeting. We are trying to announce them all,but it is a challenge to determine when and where all these meetings are taking place. If you know of an upcoming meeting and have not received an alert from us announcing the meeting, please let us know.
You can also choose to submit a letter, either as a concerned constituent, or as a Chapter, similar to the one below that was submitted by our Palm Beach County Chapter:
Raise an Issue
Types of Issues Addressed by FNPS
- General areas considered to be of statewide FNPS significance
- Any Florida legislative action that affects our state environmental land acquisition program known as Florida Forever, which includes Florida Communities Trust and/or any other state agency funded through Florida Forever (DEP). This includes, but is not limited to, any legislation affecting funding of the program. It also includes the urgent need to fund the Florida Forever program.
- All state and local land acquisition efforts for preservation and conservation.
- Any statewide policy changes that enhance improve or further natural resource system protection within recognized preserves and/or reserve or state park refuge.
- Development issues that are regional or have statewide significance in that they affect a change in Florida policy towards land acquisition, natural resource systems or waters of the state, but only if the issue clearly relates to the FNPS mission to preserve, conserve and restore native plants and native plant communities.
- Any state legislative, state agency or state university action that would affect the viability (or lack thereof) of native plants and native plant communities. This includes, but is not limited to, state policy on exotic invasive species, water conservation, listed plant species, and cataloging of native plant communities.
General areas considered not to be of statewide significance include
- Issues that are primarily related to managing the way a local jurisdiction grows or the methods it uses to plan growth. Unless it can be shown to meet criteria number four in the previous section.
- Issues that are primarily transportation related unless the issue is of at least regional significance and would impact an established preserve/reserve/state park refuge/or a functional ecologically sensitive ecosystem.
- Issues that involve local jurisdictional ordinances or land development codes.