FNPS Facts

Vision

As Florida develops, the Florida Native Plant Society endeavors to preserve its glorious natural heritage. From the Panhandle to the Keys, native plant communities are being restored, created, and preserved through advocacy, leadership, educational programs, and the dedication of the membership of the Florida Native Plant Society.

Mission

The purpose of the Florida Native Plant Society (FNPS) is to promote the preservation, conservation, and restoration of the native plants and native plant communities of Florida.

Official Description

The Florida Native Plant Society (FNPS) is incorporated under the laws of the State of Florida as a Scientific and Research not-for-profit corporation. The Society provides information to government officials, business persons, educators, and the public at large on the protection, management, and restoration of native plant ecosystems through ongoing distribution of knowledge by means of periodic publications, conferences, symposia, workshops, and a statewide membership organized into local chapters.

History of Society

In 1980, FNPS was founded under the sponsorship of the Florida Conservation Foundation, Inc. (FCF). FNPS functioned under the FCF not-for-profit corporation until 1986, when it received independent status as a Scientific and Research not-for-profit corporation from the State of Florida. In 1987, FNPS received 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status from the United States Internal Revenue Service.

Finding History

What to Find Where to Find It
Annual Meeting Minutes https://www.forum.fnps.org/index.php/board,26.0.html
FNPS Board of Directors Minutes https://www.forum.fnps.org/index.php/board,15.0.html
Council of Chapters Minutes http://council.fnpschapters.org/index.php?id=meetings
FNPS Timeline (interactive history of FNPS) https://www.fnps.org/who-we-are/history
Science/Endowment Research Grants https://fnps.org/what-we-do/researchfunded
Conservation Grants https://fnps.org/what-we-do/conservation_grants
Landscape Awards https://fnps.org/what-we-do/landscaping
Society Awards https://fnps.org/who-we-are/society-awards
Past Conferences https://fnps.org/conference/past

Location of Chapters

Chapters of the FNPS are located throughout the State of Florida, and established in accordance with the FNPS bylaws (see Society Governance). Chapters may choose to serve a specific county, part of a county, or a multi-county region depending on location and population density. By default, members are assigned to Chapters according to zip code; however, each member may affiliate with any Chapter of his or her choice, or may establish membership in more than one Chapter through purchase of additional memberships. Formation of Chapters is addressed in this handbook under Organizing a New FNPS Chapter. A map, directory of FNPS chapters with meeting days and times, and contact information can be found on the FNPS website at https://www.fnps.org/chapters.  The Palmetto has a map of chapter locations and contact information.

 

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