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Longtime member, journalist, and orchid enthusiast Chuck McCartney has died

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Photo: Chuck’s “selfie” on a tripod 1986, Long Pine Key, Everglades National Park, Giant Bromeliad, Tillandsia utriculata
Chuck McCartney passed away on Sunday, October 11. He was a fourth-generation South Floridian and life-long orchid enthusiast. Through his longtime membership in the Florida Native Plant Society in the Dade and Broward chapters, he also become interested in Florida’s wildflowers. Chuck earned a bachelor’s degree in English education from Florida State University. However, except for a short stint as a high school English teacher in Miami, he was a journalist and editor, working for newspapers in his native Homestead as well as in Hollywood, Florida, where he lived. He retired in 2009 after nearly 19 years as a copy editor with The Miami Herald’s Broward Edition serving the Fort Lauderdale area. In the mid-1980s, he worked as an editor for the American Orchid Society and wrote numerous articles on orchids for AOS publications as well as for California’s Orchid Digest…

Read our No-Build on M-CORES letter to the Governor and Task Forces

Governor Ron DeSantisExecutive Office of the Governor
400 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32399SUBJECT: Please Consider a No-Build Option for Proposed M-CORES Toll RoadsDear Governor DeSantis:The task forces assigned to assist FDOT in planning for the Multi-use Corridors of Regional Economic Significance (M-CORES) toll roads project have nearly completed their reports. Despite their diligence and attention to detail over the past year, none of the three task forces has been able to confirm a need for the roads despite evaluation of need being part of their charge as stated in Section 338.2278 (3) (c) 4, F.S.  On behalf of the 4,300 members of the Florida Native Plant Society (FNPS), we submit that the absence of any finding of need reflects, quite simply, an actual absence of need and recommend that you embrace a no-build option to the Florida legislature during the upcoming session. Each of the three task forces expressed a preference for improving or expanding existing highwa…

Stopgap Funding for TorreyaKeepers Program needed this month

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Florida Torreya (Torreya taxifolia) is an endangered tree with most of its limited range occurring in the Florida panhandle. The species has been in decline for decades and all observed trees are infected with a canker disease now attributed to a novel Fusarium species, possibly introduced from Asia by the horticultural or shipping industry (Smith et al. 2011).
Through our TorreyaKeepers project, the Florida Native Plant Society (FNPS) is working with private landowners to locate and document the condition of remaining wild trees. We are also partnering with Atlanta Botanical Garden to collect stem cuttings for offsite safeguarding to conserve the genetic diversity remaining for this species.
Please help us raise $1,200 to bridge the gap between now and when we receive our next grant award. You can donate here.
Progress2020-10-06 Thank you everyone! We've reached 42% of our $1,200 goal in one day! We have only $700 left to fund this program's expenses through the end of the mo…

Regional Native Landscaping Posters are now available for sale!

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The newly redesigned Northeast Region poster For years we've run a wildly popular monthly contest on Facebook to win one of our six regional native landscaping brochures. Despite all of our chapters having a sufficient supply of these handy foldable brochures to hand out at chapter meetings, we have heard from members and non-members alike that they wanted the brochures in poster format available for sale. This, coupled with the dearth of in-person chapter meetings due to COVID-19, we have reformatted each regional brochure into a single-sided poster and made them available for sale on our online store!Which FNPS region are you planting in? Use the map below to find your region. The poster links are below the map. Northeast Region PosterSoutheast Regional PosterWest Coast Regional PosterCentral Regional PosterNorth Central Regional PosterPanhandle Regional Poster

Native Trees and Plants You Will See Nearly Everywhere in Florida

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by Bob Silverman
Blanketflower, Galliardia pulchella
You don’t have to travel far to see one of the hundreds of native flowers that make Florida stand out. They’re nature’s roadside attractions, and many can make for colorful additions to your yard.
Consider these natural wonders:
Beautyberry, Callicarpa americana- this shrub dazzles with its clumps of purple fruit that will draw birds to your yard.Black-eyed Susans, Rudbeckia spp.- with a brown center surrounded by petals of yellow, golden, orange, or red petals, is perfect for attracting butterflies to your garden.Firebush, Hamelia patens var. patens - with its bright red flowers, can serve as a beacon for hummingbirds, butterflies, and songbirds (which like to feed on its berries).Tickseed, Coreopsis spp. - our state wildflower, sometimes called Coreopsis, comes in 12 species native to Florida. You’ll find all of them in the northern part of the state, but South Florida is limited to Leavenworth’s tickseed, Coreopsis leavenworthii1.
The…

Volunteers Needed - Restoration Planting in the Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway

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The Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway section between SR-200 and 80th Avenue Road near Dunnellon has populations of the endangered and endemic Longspurred Mint (Dicerandra cornutissima) that were impacted by a trail widening project. We will be planting locally-adapted native plants to restore the site continuing the work of our previous volunteer days July 7th and 8th.
This project is made possible by a grant from Duke Energy for "Conservation and Habitat Restoration for Two Florida Endemic Mints." #DukeEnergy  @DukeEnergy
Register for Tuesday here and/or Wednesday here
Make sure to bring a mask, a shovel, drinking water for yourself, snacks for yourself, closed-toed shoes, bug spray, sun protective clothing and sunblock.

The Florida Wildflower Foundation and the Florida Native Plant Society Forge a Formal Partnership

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Photo by of Leavenworth's Tickseed, Coreopsis leavenworthii, in Lake Harney Wilderness Area, Seminole County, by iNaturalist user brent313, CC BY-NC 4.0
Two of Florida’s leading native habitat conservation organizations have strengthened their partnership in order to collaborate on future projects. The Florida Wildflower Foundation (FWF) and Florida Native Plant Society (FNPS) formalized their longtime partnership by signing an agreement on June 6 to work in tandem for the good of native, natural Florida. The organizations will continue to pursue their own goals while collaborating on projects compatible with their missions. FWF protects, connects and expands native habitat corridors across Florida through education, planting, conservation and research projects. FNPS, which has 34 chapters throughout the state, preserves, conserves and restores native plants and native plant communities. The organizations will assess opportunities to team on such initiatives as native plant surv…