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FNPS Annual Fund

Posted December 12, 2018

Donate to our Annual Fund ! 

Click green button above to donate

You can also donate by mail - send your contribution to FNPS, PO Box 278, Melbourne FL 32902-0278.  Please indicate that this is a donation to our Annual Fund for 2018.

Or you can call FNPS Administrative Services at (321) 271-6702

Thank you for your support!  If you donate by December 31, your donation will be matched by our generous president, Susan Carr (up to a combined total of $5000).

Pollinator planting cost share for ag land - deadline approaching

Posted December 06, 2018

Do you have agricultural land? If you do, the federal government would like to share the cost of planting native wildflowers and grasses for pollinators! The program is called the EQIP Pollinator Initiative and the Deadline is December 21, 2018. Visit your local USDA NRCS Office, look for a ‘Service…

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Public Garden Grant for Charlotte and Sarasota Counties - Mangrove Chapter

Posted December 10, 2018

The Mangrove Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society has made available $250 per Grant application “to create a public wildlife garden; to rehabilitate or enhance an existing garden; to replace invasive, exotic species with Florida native plants; to enhance a clubhouse, business, or non-profit…

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Give the gift of native plant conservation to your friends and family

Posted November 24, 2018

Wondering what to get your friends who don't need anything? I bet they aren't members of the Florida Native Plant Society yet. (The best organization advocating for native plants and native plant communities in the state of Florida)

You can help them learn about what we do, help us advocate for native plants in the state, and assuage your guilt for not having a creative gift.

Text them and ask for their address and get their email address and phone number ready. Call (321) 271-6702 with that info and we'll send them a holiday email!

The deadline for gift memberships is Thursday, December 20th.

New Smithsonian Study Links Declines in Suburban Backyard Birds to Presence of Non-native Plants

Posted October 24, 2018

New Smithsonian Study Links Declines in Suburban Backyard Birds to Presence of Non-native Plants Findings Give Landowners a Simple Roadmap To Provide Essential Habitat for Breeding Birds Insect-eating birds that depend on the availability of high-calorie, high-protein cuisine—namely caterpillars and…

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FNPS submits comments on updated management plan for the Crystal River Preserve State Park

Posted October 17, 2018

The Florida Native Plant Society reviewed a proposed update of the Crystal River Preserve State Park Unit Management Plan and submitted the following letter for consideration by to the Acquisition and Restoration Council.   While the update acknowledged sea level rise as a factor in the long-term…

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Call for Research Track Papers and Poster Presentations Florida Native Plant Society 2019 Conference

Posted October 10, 2018

The Florida Native Plant Society Annual Conference will be held at the Plantation on Crystal River, Crystal River, Florida, May 16-19, 2019.  The Research Track of the Conference will include presented papers and a poster session on Friday May 17 and Saturday May 18.  Researchers are invited…

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FNPS 2019 Endowment Grant Research Awards, Conservation Grant Awards and the Dan Austin Award for Ethnobotany

Posted October 10, 2018

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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FNPS 2019 Landscape Award Application

Posted November 28, 2018

Do you have an outstanding landscape showcasing Florida’s native plants?  Consider submitting an application for an FNPS Landscape Award.   There are numerous categories to choose from: Residential Single Family  Residential Multi-Family (including subdivisions)  Commercial…

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FNPS Intro

Posted October 18, 2018

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Care to help a rare plant species with your loppers and hand saw?

Etoniah Rosemary (Conradina etoniah) is a narrow range endemic mint species only known from Etoniah Creek State Forest and private land adjacent to the Forest (Figure 1). Dunn’s Creek Rosemary (C. cygniflora), an additional narrow range endemic mint species, was once considered the same species but further research determined it is a distinct species which occurs in roughly the same region.
Figure 1. Etoniah Rosemary (Conradina etoniah)
In areas where fire has been excluded populations of these mint species are declining. These populations would benefit from small-scale hand removal of shrubs near individual plants in areas that will not be burned or mowed. This involves cutting and removing sapling woody species like Sand Live and Laurel Oaks, Crooked Wood, etc. with loppers, hand saws, Root Jacks, etc..

This work is to be done in Florida Scrub in wintertime, so will be sunny, windy, and perhaps cold and dry. Volunteers will need to bring sunglasses/eye protection (for abundant, pokey Scrub plants), hat, work gloves, closed toed shoes (tennis shoes are fine), and appropriate clothing to guard against abundant briars, cacti, stinging/biting insects, Poison Ivy, Stinging Nettle, and Saw Palmettos. This will be a good workout in a truly beautiful place. Any amount of time will help the plant immensely; older plants will increase flowering and fruit production and seeds in the seedbank will increase germination from the increased sunlight, as a direct result of your work.

If you're interested in volunteering please let your chapter president and Todd Angel know and bring loppers, mattocks with cutting edge (not pick), hand saws, or other tools to remove small to medium sized saplings.

This workday is being coordinated by Todd Angel, Conservation Chair, and Michael Jenkins, Biologist, Florida Forest Service.

08:00 start time February 22-23, 2019
Etoniah Creek State Forest

Friday: Web Event | Facebook Event
Saturday: Web Event | Facebook Event

Announcement written by Todd Angel and posted by Valerie Anderson.

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