FNPS Promotes

the Preservation, Conservation, and Restoration of the Native Plants and Native Plant Communities of Florida.

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


Amendment 1 Implementation Comments

Posted January 09, 2015

The Florida Senate has launched a web page regarding Amendment 1 and its intent.  Your comments are needed to keep implementation of this amendment consistent with its intent.

You have a voice, we encourage you to use it!

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Dr. Dan Austin

Posted January 24, 2015

It is with sadness that we share the news of the passing of our friend, founding FNPS member, and ethnobotanist extraordinaire, Dan Austin.   Dan was one of the first Directors of FNPS and was well-known in Florida for his knowledge of Florida plants and ecosystems, and for his special ability to share that knowledge in a way that touched many of his students at FAU where he taught for many years before retiring to Arizona in 2001.  His contributions to science were many, including the publication of Florida Ethnobotany (winner of the Mary W. Klinger Book Award for 2005), and his work as an internationally acclaimed expert on the evolution and phylogeny of the Morning Glory family (Convolvulaceae),  His wit and wisdom will be very much missed, however his legacy will live on through the seeds of thought he planted in a generation of minds inspired by the natural sciences.  FNPS is fortunate to have had a founding member and friend like Dan Austin

Do you enjoy getting out into nature?

Posted November 23, 2014

If yes ...

Help FNPS conserve, protect, and restore it!

We support land acquisition programs.  We work with public agencies to encourage appropriate land management.  We lead field trips to teach members and the public about native plants and their importanceto native wildlife.  We promote projects that restore abused lands, bringing them back to life.

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FNPS 2015 Call for Papers

Posted September 29, 2014
The Florida Native Plant Society Annual Conference will be held in Tallahassee, Florida, May 28-31, 2015.  The Research Track of the Conference will include presented papers and a poster session on Friday May 29 and Saturday May 30.
Please consider submitting an abstract on research related to native plants and plant communities of Florida including preservation, conservation, and restoration. Presentations are planned to be 20 minutes in total length (15 min. presentation, 5 min. questions).
Abstracts are due February 1, 2015. 

Presentations should focus on research related to native plants and plant communities of Florida including preservation, conservation, and restoration. Presentations are planned to be 20 minutes in total length (15 min. presentation, 5 min. questions).

Abstracts of not more than 200 words should be submitted as a MS Word file by email to Paul A. Schmalzer paul.a.schmalzer@nasa.gov by February 1, 2015. Include title, affiliation, and address. Indicate whether you will be presenting a paper or poster.

FNPS 2015 Endowment Grant Research Awards and Conservation Grant Awards

Posted September 29, 2014

The Florida Native Plant Society maintains an Endowment Research Grant program for the purpose of funding research on native plants. These are small grants ($1500 or less), awarded for a 1-year period, and intended to support research that forwards the mission of the Florida Native Plant Society…

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Opportunity to Comment on Proposed MFL

Posted December 22, 2014

The St. Johns River Water Management District is seeking public input about Upper Ocklawaha River Basin lake as part of its work to develop minimum flows and levels (MFLs) for the Upper Ocklawaha River Basin (UORB) - including lakes Apopka, Beauclair, Dora, Eustis, Harris, Griffin, and Yale,…

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FNPS Annual Fund Drive

Live Oak seedling
By Devon Higgenbotham

Have you ever planted a young Live Oak or Hickory knowing you might never it see reach maturity?
In this age of instant gratification, too often we want results today, but in 1980 the founders of the Florida Native Plant Society had the foresight to start an organization that would outlive them.
"Too old to plant trees for my own gratification I shall do it for posterity."
said Thomas Jefferson, age 83.
The Florida Native Plant Society was started by individuals that were looking into the future and planning for an organization that would grow and provide benefits to all Floridians for many years.  We have been handed the benefits of their foresight, the full grown shade tree that was planted years ago, perhaps before we were around.

We in turn have the responsibility to nurture this organization for the generations that will come after us, keep it healthy and leave it stronger than when we found it. 

This is the time of year for our Annual Fund Drive which provides vital resources for outreach, conservation awards, education, land management and the continuation of our promotion of Florida native plants.  Help us to grow!

Please respond generously to the Annual fund Drive.  Your donation will ensure future generations will enjoy a stronger, more vibrant FNPS.  Do it for posterity!

Mature Live Oak

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