May 18-21, 2017
Theme: Connections: Above and Below
The 37th Annual Conference of the Florida Native Plant Society will be held in the heart of Florida, and central to the largest river restoration project in the world! The Kissimmee River restoration, a joint project by the US Army Corps of Engineers and the South Florida Water Management District, is designed to restore the complex relationships between land, wildlife, water and climate that were torn apart when the river was channelized in 1962. Before channelization, the river was a haven for native plants and wildlife, but afterwards many species of birds, fish and plants were lost, creating havoc on our economy and our environment. The restoration project to restore the river to its natural path is nearly half complete, and already much of the original flora and fauna have returned and the water quality is improving.
The venue will be the Westgate River Ranch Resort. This upscale dude ranch is in the heart of Florida, just south of SR 60 and south of Lake Kissimmee.
Our room blocks are filling fast!
Wednesday, May 17 - onsite registration begins
Thursday, May 18 - Field trips and workshops
Friday, May 19 - Speakers and workshops
Saturday, May 20 - Speakers and workshop
Sunday, May 21 - Field trips
- Dr. Susan Carr will discuss floristic variation across the landscape of pyrogenic pinelands of Florida .
- Todd Hopkins of the Peninsular Florida Landscape Conservation Cooperative will define Landscape-Scale Conservation Targets for Florida.
- Dr. Craig Huegel will discuss creating wildlife habitat in developed landscapes that creates connections with natural areas.
- Eugene Kelly and Sue Mullins will talk about becoming effective advocates for the environment through public policy.
- Nicole Cribbs and Wendy Poag will talk about implementing native plant education programs by FNPS Chapters
- Juliet Rynear will provide information on FNPS initiatives in conservation, restoration and citizen science and about the FNPS conservation grants.
- Results of research on Florida native plants will be presented.