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Florida Native Plant Society Purchases 12.5 Acres to Protect Endangered Species

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FLORIDA NATIVE PLANT SOCIETY PO Box 278 Melbourne, FL 32902 https://www.fnps.org Valerie Anderson, Director of Communications and Programming Phone: 386.852.2539 | Email: communications@fnps.org Florida Native Plant Society Purchases 12.5 Acres to Protect Endangered Species With generous private donations and grant awards from the Felburn Foundation and The Nature Conservancy, the Florida Native Plant Society completed the purchase of 12.5 acres of rare sandhill habitat in Marion County that will help protect the critically endangered plant Clasping warea (Warea amplexifolia) and the federally threatened Florida Sand Skink (Plestiodon reynoldsi). Marion County is home to the largest population of Clasping Warea and one of the northernmost occurrences of the Florida Sand Skink. In 2014, the Florida Native Plant Society and Putnam Land Conservancy formed a partnership to acquire and preserve an approximately 400 acre corridor of lands to protect rare and endemic spec