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Deadline Extended for Dan Austin Award Applications

Posted March 07, 2018
Deadline extended to March 30th, 2018 for applications for the Dan Austin Award for Ethnobotany.
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Registration OPEN for the 2018 Annual Conference

Posted March 06, 2018

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Act Now on Behalf of Florida Forever

Posted February 27, 2018
IMPORTANT UPDATE as of March 6: We still need you to act as requested below, but so far it appears we have been successful in persuading the Senate to stand against the House bill. An appropriation that would provide Florida Forever with $100.8 million next year, and distribute the funds according to the existing formula in the Florida Forever Act, has been approved by both the House and Senate thanks to the Senate's stand against HB 7063. But there is still pressure being applied for passage of 7063 so we cannot stop letting the Senate leadership know we want them to maintain their position. An appropriation, instead of passage of SB 370, means only 1 year of funding and we will have to push again next year for a longer term solution - but that is preferable to passage of a bad bill.

We need you to act NOW on behalf of Florida Forever by contacting the leadership of the Florida Senate to let them know you strongly support their bill and want them to stand against a proposal by the Florida House that would diminish the Florida Forever program.  The House wants to delay funding and is seeking a legislative change that would redirect most future funding for land conservation to urban parks and the purchase of easements over agricultural land rather than to the protection of our most significant and vulnerable natural landscapes.   

We are grateful to the Florida Senate for passing a bill that would provide a minimum a $100 million per year to Florida Forever.  Their bill represents the best opportunity to restore meaningful funding to land conservation since the 2007 onset of the recession.  Unfortunately, the Florida House of Representatives has taken a very different approach.  They propose to withhold funding for the first year and then provide funding in future years on a rising scale.  Although their formula might provide more total funding than the Senate over the remaining 16 years of Amendment 1, it would actually result in less land conservation!   How can that be?  The devil is in the details, and the details include a large increase in the share of Florida Forever funding that would go to the Florida Communities Trust (FCT) and Rural and Family Lands Protection (RFL) programs.  The House plan would require that fully 2/3 of ALL FUTURE FLORIDA FOREVER FUNDING must go directly to FCT and RFL!

Get the details and learn how to act at http://fnps.org/news/alerts .

Lucky's Market to Donate 10% of all Store Sales on April 10th

Posted February 15, 2018

Lucky’s Market is donating 10% of their total store sales at the East Colonial store to us on April 10th!  Please support them and thank them for helping to preserve and conserve natural Florida! We will have a table at the Lucky’s store in Orlando on April 10th.  Stop by and see us: …

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Going Natural: The Importance of Home Composting for Native Plants

Going Natural: The Importance of Home Composting for Native Plants
By Jackie Edwards

Native plants aren’t by any means demanding...all they require in order to flourish is a natural environment. No need for chemical fertilizers, irrigation systems or complex programs of management. That’s great news if you’ve planted native species of Central Florida in your yard. The local climate will serve your plants well, and the soil will be matched to their requirements. However, to ensure you maintain optimum soil conditions, especially important with sandy soils typical of the Florida region, it’s a good idea to use home compost. This is the natural, environmentally-friendly way to replenish nutrients.

Making environmental sense
According to the EPA, 20 to 30 per cent of our waste is organic material that should be composted. This would keep these materials out of landfills where they release methane into the atmosphere, a potent greenhouse gas that contributes to global warming.

Boosting soil quality
Home composting is the natural way to enrich your soil, helping it retain moisture and suppress plant diseases and pests. By adding compost, you will promote the healthy growth of native species and reduce the need for chemical fertilizers that degrade soil quality over time and make it vulnerable to invasive non-native plants.

Money in your wallet
There are inevitable financial benefits to home composting: no need to invest in fertilizers, potting compost or mulch. The only cost involved is an initial investment in a compost bin; however, you may prefer to construct one yourself or, as Florida’s warm climate allows, you could use an open air compost pile.

Easy as mud pie!
The rules of good composting are very simple. Always ensure you use organic material, with a good mix of green materials, rich in nitrogen, and brown materials, rich in carbon. Green materials may include garden waste, such as plant trimmings, grass and leaves, and kitchen waste, such as fruit and vegetable scraps, and coffee grounds. And brown materials may include shredded newspaper, cardboard and paper towels. Avoid meat, dairy, dog and cat litter and invasive plant trimmings which can survive the composting process. Try to aim for a ratio of 1 to 3 of green to brown materials and rotate your compost every few days. Within a few months, you will have a dark, crumbly, humus-rich product.

Are YOU home composting?
As can be seen, there are numerous benefits to the simple art of home composting, and yet a survey sponsored by the National Waste & Recycling Association found that 67 per cent Americans currently don’t compost but would be willing to do so. So what can be done to encourage more take up?
In Hillsborough, the UF/IFAS Extension runs free ‘Compost Happens’ workshops with the aim of encouraging more people to get involved in home composting. They also host valuable teaching resources on their website. So, if you’re keen to grow native plants in your yard and give them the very best nourishment in an environmentally responsible way, then there’s really no excuse...get started on your home compost. 

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