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FNPS Loses Another Friend

Posted October 09, 2019

Dr. Michael Thomas passed away peacefully on Friday, October 4, 2019.  His memorial service will be on Saturday, October 19th at the Forest Meadows funeral home in Gainesville.

His daughter asks that in lieu of flowers you make a donation to one of the organizations that he supported for decades:

  • Center for Systematic Entomology
  • The Florida Native Plant Society

Save the Date: 40th Annual Conference

Posted September 10, 2019

Our 40th Annual Conference will be on May 14-17, 2020 at the University of North Florida at the Adam W. Herbert University Center and sponsored by the UNF Environmental Center.
Check out our conference web pages under the Events tab above.

Call for Research Track Papers and Poster Presentations for the FNPS 2020 Conference

Posted September 24, 2019

The Florida Native Plant Society Annual Conference will be held at the University of North Florida, Jacksonville, Florida, May 14-17, 2020.  The Research Track of the Conference will include presented papers and a poster session on Friday May 15 and Saturday May 16.     Researchers…

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2019 Policy Advocacy Handbook

Posted September 03, 2019

The Florida Native Plant Society’s Policy and Legislation Committee has compiled the 2019 Policy Advocacy Handbook for your use and reference.  As in previous years, we encourage you to engage with your local elected officials.  The next couple months your state legislators (Representatives and Senators) will be scheduling town hall type Legislative Delegation meeting.  Guidance on how to participate effectively in those meetings is an important element of the Handbook.  We will be providing the dates and locations of those meetings as they areannounced, county by county, on our Facebook events, Teamup Calendar, and emails to Chapter leadership.  Please refer to that information as soon as possible so the date of your delegation meeting is on your radar.

As in previous years, we also encourage you to invite you local legislator(s) on a field trip during which you can promote the importance of conserving natural areas through the Florida Forever Program as a way to advance the FNPS mission to conserve native plants and native plant communities.  Guidance on organizing and conducting such field trips in also included in the Handbook.  The fall months are an ideal time to organize such field trips because the weather is ideal and your legislator(s) will be at home in their districts rather than in Tallahassee.  It’s important to begin planning soon so you can engage with them before the beginning of the next legislative session in January.

We created the Handbook to assist you. Feel free to contact the Policy Committee if we can be of additional assistance.

Eugene Kelly, Policy and Legislation Chair
Florida Native Plant Society Board of Directors

You Can Make a Difference

Posted July 27, 2019

You can make a difference.  FNPS is working on a project to protect one of Florida's most beautiful wildflowers, the clasping warea. This iconic wildflower is endemic to central Florida and found nowhere else!

We are acquiring land to protect the largest remaining population of this critically endangered species.  Acquiring land and committing to managing it is a very big step for FNPS.  

We hope that you will support us.


Do You Want to Make a Difference?

Posted July 27, 2019

A recent issue of our Palmetto magazine highlights an important FNPS conservation effort, the conservation of the most endangered conifer in North America.

Our TorreyaKeepers project is working to locate endangered Torreya trees on private lands that have been both burried and broken by Hurricana Michael.  The ultimate goal is preservation of remaining Torreya trees, and searching for a cure to the serious disease that has been decimating these trees throughout their very limited range.

FNPS is seeking donations to help with this effort.


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Call for Abstracts - 2020 Conference Jacksonville

Call for Research Track Papers and Poster Presentations

The Florida Native Plant Society Annual Conference will be held at the University of North Florida, Jacksonville, Florida, May 14-17, 2020. The Research Track of the Conference will include presented papers and a poster session on Friday May 15 and Saturday May 16.

Researchers are invited to submit abstracts on research related to native plants and plant communities of Florida including preservation, conservation, and restoration. Presentations are planned to be 20 minutes in total length (15 min. presentation, 5 min. questions).

Abstracts of not more than 200 words should be submitted as a MS Word file by email to Paul A. Schmalzer by February 1, 2020. Include title, affiliation, and address. Indicate whether you will be presenting a paper or poster.

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