Good News for Florida's Roadside Wildflowers!
By Lisa Roberts
Florida Wildflower Foundation Executive Director
Florida Department of Transportation Secretary Ananth Prasad recently signed the department's new Wildflower Management Program Procedure, which will allow more of the state's native wildflowers to flourish along roadsides through reduced mowing and other management practices.
|Left to right - Jeff Caster, FDOT landscape architect; Jeff Norcini,|
FDOT wildflower horticulturalist; FDOT Sec. Ananth Prasad;
Florida Wildflower Foundation liaison Eleanor Dietrich
|State Road 65 - roadside wildflowers; photo by Eleanor Dietrich|
|Roadside ORCHIDS! Platanthera species; Photo by Eleanor Dietrich|
|Hairstreak butterfly on roadside Oclemena reticulata (white|
topped aster) in Leon County; photo by Eleanor Dietrich
On Jan. 28, the Florida Wildflower Foundation and the Magnolia Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society hosted a meeting of more than 100 Panhandle Wildflower Alliance members in Tallahassee to introduce the new program. Established in 2012, the Florida Panhandle Wildflower Alliance is an informal network of regional wildflower enthusiasts that advocates for conservation of wildflowers in the state’s Eastern Panhandle.
For additional information, see the following links:
Panhandle Wildflower Alliance
posted by Laurie Sheldon