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This is a loss to all who value Florida's natural lands and the plants and wildlife that they support.
1000 Friends of Florida is a statewide environmental group created more than 25 years ago to push for growth management planning. It has had to close its Palm Beach County office and reduce operations in Tallahassee because it has not been able to raise money to pay for its work.
The cutbacks come three years after lawmakers in Tallahassee gutted the state’s 1985 Growth Management Act — the set of regulations the non-profit was created to protect. The legislative changes approved in 2011 eliminated state oversight of most local planning.
Read the full article by Jennifer Sorentrue in the Palm Beach County Post:
Less than a week remains before the Aug. 1 deadline for the Florida Wildflower Foundation’s first “Land of Flowers” photo contest. Award-winning photographers John Moran and Red Huber are waiting to take a look at your close-up or landscape views of Florida’s native wildflowers. So don’t delay, send…Read Full Story >>
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District will host its three final Regulatory Open House events in Florida next week. The events will be held Mon., July 28 at the Marriott Jacksonville, 4670 Salisbury Road, Jacksonville, Florida; Wed., July 30 at the Bay Point Wyndham,…Read Full Story >>
Last week, federal officials notified the developer of a multi-use project that would impact a last remnant of the Miami pine rocklands that the company needed to conduct a review of protected species and obtain a federal permit before continuing with the project. This project, that would impact…Read Full Story >>
Eco-Voice provides almost daily updates on environmental events and issues with a focus on Southwest Florida. You can get their newsletter by registering on their website at http://eco-voice.org/ or join them on Facebook. Several FNPS chapters are members, and some FNPS events are listed…Read Full Story >>
The South Florida Water Management District will hold a public water reservation rule development workshop for the Kissimmee Basin on the following date and location (see attached). DATE AND TIME: Wednesday, July 30, 2014, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM LOCATION: Osceola County Commission…Read Full Story >>
The Florida Water Management Districts create rules that affect the management of Florida’s water. These rules affect requirements for permits and management of key resources. You can find out more and be prepared to participate in public workshops and submit comments on proposed rules.…Read Full Story >>
The Conservation Alliance of St Lucie County has a lawsuit against the FHWA & FDOT to stop them from funding the Crosstown Parkway Bridge, which is planned to follow the route of the the Halpatiokee Trail in Savannah Preserve State Park, despite the fact that there is a viable and cheaper…Read Full Story >>
FDEP provides a public notice, education and outreach calendar. You can use this to find out about public meetings where FDEP is the lead agency at https://www.fldepnet.org/public-notices. SB 2188 requires state agencies to post all public meetings, hearings and workshops to their website,…Read Full Story >>
What happens in federal permitting arenas affects the conservation of Florida native plants and native plant communities! The announcements provide news on what is happening and how you can submit comments. 10 June 2014 - In response to numerous requests, the comment period for the Clean…Read Full Story >>
Wildflowers can be worth money. Lots of it. Lisa Roberts of the Florida Wildflower Foundation recently posted the results of an FDOT study that found that roadside vegetaton along the state highway system permorms nearly a half-billion dollars worth of ecosystem services. The study…Read Full Story >>
Ten Southwest Florida counties, municipalities and organizations are spreading the message that fertilizers need to be used responsibly to minimize pollution of our coastal waters. Read Consortium formed to encourage responsible use of fertilizer by Gravina Smith Matte in the Naples News.
The St. Johns County Commission voted to request the North Florida Transportation Planning Organization remove a proposed road through 12 Mile Swamp from future transportation plans. Both County Commissioners and St. Augustine airport officials believe that there are better places to put the road. Read the article in the First Coast News. 12-Mile Swamp is a 21,000 ac publicly owned conservation area near St. Augustine.
Over the past 3 years, an extensive and intensive planning process has been taking place in central Florida. This process is critical to the region for planning where water will come from. This process is important to Florida’s native plants and native plant communities as decisions will…Read Full Story >>
|Amanda Ugarte, planting organizer and|
Oasis High Charter School student.
|(left to right) Martha Grattan, Coccoloba Chapter President, explains the qualities of native slash pine|
trees to students Alex Boesch, Christopher Byron, Jillian Lucia, Branden Pearson and Anthony Morales.
|Jillian Lucia (L) and Sara Logan (R) take turns|
trying to dig a hole in the hard, rocky ground.
|A newly-planted 3-gal slash pine with pine straw mulch.|
|(left to right), Amanda Ugarte, Pascha Donaldson, Anthony Morales, Branden Pearson,|
Christopher Byron and Alex Boesh preparing their native flags.