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We provide scientifically sound information on native plants, their habitats, the wildlife that depends on them, and their management and culture

Photographs by Catherine Bowman


Conference 2017 Photographs

Posted May 22, 2017

If you have photographs of the conference and field trips that you would like to share, we want them! Please send an email to the Web Team (webteam@fnps.org) and let us know how many you have.  We will either have you email them to one of us or we will ask you to upload them to our Flickr site.…

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Conference Field Trip: Fort Lonesome

Posted May 10, 2017
submitted by Jenny Welch,  Sparkleberry Chapter
Camp Lonesome Conservation Area is a rare hidden jewel and is 2443 acres.  It is included in the Everglades Headwaters National Wildlife Refuge and Conservation Area. It is also the location of one of our Conference Field Trips on Sunday May 21, 2017. Fieldtrip X. 

Learn About Land Management Reviews

Posted April 28, 2017
Learn About Land Management Reviews 
The schedule for the 2017/2018 Land Management Reviews is out. Being a part of Land Management Reviews is is an important part of the Florida Native Plant Society mission to promote the preservation, conservation, and restoration of the native plants and native plant communities of Florida. It is also a very rewarding experience for anyone who has participated in one.

AT the Florida Native Plant Society's 37th Annual Conference in May there will be a special field trip where you can Learn About Land Management Reviews. The site for the Thursday morning training will be Lake Kissimmee State Park. Led by Eugene Kelly and Eric Egensteiner (Park Biologist), this trip is designed to serve as a case study for the state‚Äôs Land Management Review process.

FNPS Named Conservation Org of Year by Fl Wildlife Fed

Posted May 02, 2017

On April 21st, FNPS President Catherine Bowman, Past President Anne Cox, Board Members Ron Blair and Winnie Said (along with her husband Brian), and Development Director Andy Taylor accepted the Conservation Organization of the Year award from the Florida Wildlife Federation. The award was presented…

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Fox 13 Features Consumer Alert For Native Milkweed

Posted March 21, 2017

Fox 13 in Tthe Tampa Bay area recently featured a Consumer Alert informing people to make sure they buy the correct, native milkweed to help support monarchs.  FNPS members Scott Davis, Louie Castillo and Bruce Turley of Wilcox Nursery are interviewed. Want to learn more about monarchs and native…

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Jim Bierly

Posted April 06, 2017

FNPS members mourn the death of Jim Bierly on April 6. Jim Bierly started the Citrus Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society in 2001 and served as the chapter’s representative to the FNPS board for many years.  Gail Taylor Citrus Chapter President will share details of the memorial service. …

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Conference Field Trip Highlight: Camp Lonesome Conservation Area

submitted by Jenny Welch,  Sparkleberry Chapter
Field Trip to be led by Scott Davis, Sandy Webb and Jenny Welch

Camp Lonesome Conservation Area is a rare hidden jewel and is 2443 acres.  It is included in the Everglades Headwaters National Wildlife Refuge and Conservation Area. It is also the location of one of our Conference Field Trips on Sunday May 21, 2017. Fieldtrip X. 

Purchased by the Osceola County Environmental Lands Conservation Program in 2007. The property supports several uncommon ecological communities. This field trip will take you through a variety of habitats including beautiful Old Florida landscapes characterized by pine flatwoods, palmetto prairies, live oak hammocks, mixed wetland hardwoods, cypress, freshwater marshes, wet prairies, and a rare inland cabbage palm hammock.  This will allow us to see a wide variety of native plants, birds, and animals.

Native plants we may see include native orchids, Tarflower, Bejaria racemosa, Fetterbush,  Lyonia lucida, Shoestring Fern, Vittaria lineata, Redbud, Cercis Canadensis, Cabbage Palm,  Sabal Palmetto, Saw Palmetto, Serenoa repens, and so many more!

Birds and wildlife we may see are barred owl, bald eagle, red shouldered hawk, crested caracara, Eastern meadowlarks, bluebird, tufted titmouse, wrens, warblers, sandhill cranes, white tail deer, turkey, gopher tortoise, cardinals, swallow tailed kites, and others.

Fort Lonesome Conservation area is located in Osceola County, at 4257 Canoe Creek Road, Kenansville, FL 34739. There are approximately 5.5 miles of well-maintained trails.There is also portable bathroom at the site and picnic tables under live oak trees for a picnic lunch after the hike if you bring your lunch.

It is an absolutely beautiful special place that few ever get to see or experience. If you have not yet chose your Sunday field trip, please consider signing up for Fieldtrip X at the conference. 

Jenny is a member of the Sparkleberry Chapter of FNPS, a Master Naturalist and a member of the Audubon Society. She will be leading the field trip to Fort Lonesome along with Sandy Webb and Scott Davis. 

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