Thursday, June 3, 2010
Let your county know it’s a wildflower world
Want your county to buy into the valuable economic and ecological impacts of preserving native roadside wildflowers?
The Florida Wildflower Foundation has just the thing for you, thanks to FWF Chair Jeff Caster and wildflower enthusiast Eleanor Dietrich, Tallahassee of FNPS’ Magnolia Chapter. The two have developed a “kit” that can be used to persuade your county government to support the growth of native wildflowers.
The simple kit includes a fill-in-the-blank county resolution that pledges support for roadside management, including reduced mowing, that promotes the growth and reseeding of naturally occurring wildflowers. An accompanying PowerPoint presentation explains the historical, cultural and ecological importance of Florida’s flowers. Notes embedded in the presentation prompt the presenter to engage the audience and add county-specific information and photos.
The presentation and resolution were developed during recent efforts in Wakulla and Gadsden counties to allow wildflowers to flourish on roadsides. Both counties now have voted to protect roadside wildflowers in key locations during experiments that could lead to more beautiful roadsides being preserved. The resolution also has recently been adopted by Leon, Volusia and Lake counties. FNPS/FWF also members are working on presentations in Sarasota, Brevard and Marion counties.
For information on presenting the resolution to your county, contact Lisa Roberts at 407-353-6164.
The Florida Wildflower Foundation’s mission is to enrich lives with Florida’s native wildflowers. Through the sale of the State Wildflower license tag, the organization increases the visibility and availability of native wildflowers and grasses by funding research, education and planting projects statewide. http://www.floridawildflowerfoundation.org/