|Cypress head at Grassy Waters Preserve|
Stormwater runoff. I think we talk about it more in Florida than some other states do. But it’s a concept that everybody needs to understand. We can’t always have what we want! We have to pay attention to the changes we are making to our environment, changes that cancel the ecosystem services that we absolutely depend on. Those would be fresh water, oxygen, carbon sequestration, erosion and flood control, small details like that.
Are you wondering what all this has got to do with Florida native plants? Well, it’s like this. Nothing in life is certain but change, and change has lead me to a new address here in the Old Dominion State.
My interest when I first joined the Society, was in native plants. But the Society’s mission extends beyond plants to include “native plant communities.” As my knowledge expanded, I began to appreciate the complexity and wealth of native plant communities, and to understand their value in supporting ecosystem services such as those above. I also began to want to share with others these new-to-me ideas, and to teach others about the contributions they could make to a greener world by using and conserving native plants.
In February of 2010, a blog seemed to me like a great way to share information about native plants, and the FNPSblog was born. A Facebook page and Twitter account were naturals at that point, so web-genius Cindy Liberton set all that up for us. Ginny Stibolt quickly evolved into a real workhorse of a partner, and now, here we are 176 posts later. Do you see where this is leading? Well, you are right. I am now extending an invitation to you, to partake of the special joys of writing about the native plant world, and to become part of the blogging team.
|Erythrina herbacea Coralbean or Cherokee bean|