Showing posts from May, 2015

Conference Highlights: Burning and so much more...

FNPS Conference, Born to Burn: May 28 - 31 in Tallahassee Last day to register online is May 22. Onsite registration will open on May 27th. (The online registration fee is $85/day. Onsite registration is $120/day.)   Born to Burn is our theme and we'll offer a good variety of presentations, workshops and panel discussions on the importance of fire for Florida's ecosystems. Of course, we are offering field trips  in Florida's Panhandle. Several still have openings on both Thursday and Sunday. (You must register for one day of the conference in order to participate in a field trip,) But wait, there's more...    3 social events : (Fees apply.) - Thursday evening: Welcome to the Capital. Dinner on the 22nd floor of the capital building - Friday evening: Dinner and optional boat ride at Wakulla Springs - Saturday evening:  Dinner at Tall Timbers Research Center & Land Conservancy. a fitting end to the conference. William Bartram (aka Mike Adams) will ma

F.N.P.S. President's Statement on Proposed Surplus Lands

The mission of the Florida Native Plant Society is to promote the preservation, conservation, and restoration of the native plants and native plant communities of Florida. April 12, 2015 Robert Beltran, Executive Director Southwest Florida Water Management District 2379 Broad Street Brooksville, Florida 34604-6899 Subject:  Comments on Proposal to Surplus District-held Conservation Lands Dear Mr. Beltran: The Florida Native Plant Society (Society) recognizes that the Southwest Florida Water Management District (District) is a critically important participant in Florida’s land conservation efforts. We hope you recognize the Society to be an especially supportive and engaged stakeholder given our regular participation on land management review teams, the assistance several of our local chapters have provided by conducting plant surveys on District lands, and the various other forms of support we have provided over the years. We have evaluated the lands proposed for sur