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Please join us in May for our 34th annual conference!
See details on this site at www.fnps.org/conference
The conference features wonderful speakers, field trips, and reasonable cost housing.
This is your opportunity to explore the fantastic ecosystems of Southwest Florida with well known botanists, enjoy an evening at the Naples Botanical Gardern, listen to well known speakers and meet them in person at the social events, and get to know the members and leaders of the Florida Native Plant Society.
TALLAHASSEE - Florida Department of Transportation Secretary Ananth Prasad recently signed the department’s new Wildflower Management Program Procedure, which will allow more of the state’s native wildflowers to flourish along roadsides through reduced mowing and other management practices. FDOT state…Read Full Story >>
Angus Gholson, botanical hero of the Gulf Coastal Plain, died this week. He was 92, and out in the field as recently as last fall. Don’t you know he is in that great heavenly herbarium right now, pressing the plants he collected on his way through the pearly gates? A memorial service is set for Saturday,…Read Full Story >>
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection has decided to stop its effor to sell convervation lands and will shift its focus to potential sales of non-conservation land. More than 3 million acres of conservation land were reviewed to determine which parcels might no longer needed for conservation.…Read Full Story >>
The deadline to apply for an FNPS grants is fast approaching: March 7. To learn how to apply, download the application forms from http://fnps.org/participate/awards. FNPS provides grants for research on native plants, conservation projects, and a grant specifically targetted to support…Read Full Story >>
|Sunrise is an excellent time for a hike at Falling Waters (or pretty much anywhere else) because the light is interesting for photos and there are fewer people on the trail. On this hike we didn't see anyone else in two hours even though the 25-site campground in the park was almost full.|
|The trail starts out through the longleaf pine (Pinus palustris) and wiregrass (Aristida stricta var. beyrichiana) habitat, which the park maintains through controlled burns.|
|Early morning lake reflections.|
|The 2-acre dammed lake was built at the beginning of the park's history to control the flow of water over the waterfall. The overflow from the lake leads to one of the original feeder creeks to the waterfall. This way, it looks good on a year-round basis and not just during the wet season. They stocked the lake with fish and created this sandy beach to bring more people to the park.|
|The water was flowing, but we think that maybe the volume was turned down during the night when no one would see it and it hadn't been turned back up again. A rainy front had passed through over night so maybe the flow was affected by the extra volume.|
|But when you look into the gap the fall into this perfectly circular sinkhole is pretty spectacular.|
|There is a trail loop around some of the sinkholes in the area.|
|Beautiful southern maidenhair ferns (Adiantum capillus-veneris) decorate the walls of the sinkholes.|
|A magnolia root system at work trying to keep its topside upright.|
|Snags left over from a previous burn provide housing for a number of different birds.|
|Adams needle (Yucca filamentosa) dot the landscape.|
|Young longleaf pines are fire adapted with no lower branches and buds protected by a thick mat of hairs.|