In Case You Missed It...Noteworthy highlights from the speakers at the FNPS 36th Annual Conference, May 18-22, 2016
|Tom Hoctor. Photo by Vince Lamb|
- With the loss in oversight of growth management at the state level, we need to step in with science to help local governments understand the impact of decisions in new building projects and sprawl. He quoted Frank Egler: Ecosystems not only are more complex than we think, but more complex than we can think.
- Panthers need a population of 240 individuals to be delisted by the Federal Government as an endangered species. The Florida Black Bear was delisted four years ago but it still needs corridors for connectivity and exchange of genetic information for healthy offspring. They have an expanding population, but a shrinking habitat. The Panther would do well in the Florida Panhandle, but females’ offspring stay in the home range of their mothers, so it would take many generations to expand there on their own.
- See the Conservation Trust for Florida, Inc. for more on protection and connecting Florida’s wild and working landscapes.
- The concept being: we need to conserve 50% of the planet’s natural vegetation intact to sequester CO2 so the human population can persist. Rumage says that 7.3 billion of us have already modified ½ the surface of the earth and we need to stop now to keep breathing. He also reported more than six times the amount of land sourced plastic is in the oceans than plankton. He says we confuse “legally safe” (i.e. water standards) and “harmful”. He talked about traveling to international seminars and seeing (interior) vertical vs. (exterior) horizontal agriculture.
- Rumage thinks 6 billion of us will live in cities by 2050. Solutions to human existence will require an intersection of art and design. Rumage’s book is This Spaceship Earth.
- Humans have been robbing bees for their honey for 15, 000 years and they were brought from Europe to Jamestown on one of the first ships of colonists 400 years ago.
- There are 15 kinds of Florida honey; Clover is starting the fill the niche left by citrus greening. Florida is the 3rd largest honey producer in the world. The greatest quantity is gallberry and saw palmetto.
- Almond growers in California are dependent upon the February and March shipments of migratory commercial hives that travel on semi-trucks: 24,000 colonies a season. We ship bees to 27 or 28 states a year for farming pollination. We produce Queens that are sold and relocated all over the country.
- The Florida State Beekeepers Association is planning a new entomology lab with a teaching lab to seat 400. Besides honey bees, we have over 60 native species of pollinators in Florida. You can do your part with planting just a 4-foot by 8-foot plot of native plants. It will increase your local pollinators by three times.
|Roger Hammer. Photo by Vince Lamb|
|Osborn. Photo by Vince Lamb|
|Henderson. Photo by Vince Lamb|