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The Water and Land Conservation Amendment (Amendment 1) will appear on the ballot this November, giving voters throughout the state a direct opportunity to keep our drinking water clean, protect our rivers, lakes and springs, restore natural treasures like the Everglades and protect…Read Full Story >>
TALLAHASSEE- The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of State Lands has surpassed the goal of selling $40 million of non-conservation land to purchase new, valuable conservation lands. The division finalized the sale of two more state-owned surplus non-conservation lands…Read Full Story >>
Support the Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park and help our Education Committee create an educational video. Enjoy this special field trip sponsored by the Friends of Kissimmee Prairie Preserve. Take a stroll through the beautiful fall prairie with two of Florida’s most recognized wildflower…Read Full Story >>
Tell Congress to Leave the Clean Water Rule Alone The U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to vote this week on a bill that would prevent the proposed Clean Water Rule from taking effect. The Clean Water Rule returns the protections of the Clean Water Act to our headwaters. Headwaters are…Read Full Story >>
A proposed rule to limit federal jurisdiction over wetlands and waters in Florida is being pushed by Florida politicians who want to strip the EPA and US Army Corps of Engineers of authority over Florida waters. The idea originally was to bring clarity to what waters and wetlands fall under…Read Full Story >>
SB 536, which passed in the 2014 legislative session, requires “DEP, in coordination with stakeholders shall conduct a comprehensive study and submit a report on the expansion of use of reclaimed water, stormwater, and excess surface water in this state.” This bill has potential impacts of Florida native…Read Full Story >>
Southwest Florida is in imminent danger if sea level rises 3 feet. Coastal areas are most vulnerable, but even some low-lying more inland areas, like Centennial Park in downtown Fort Myers, would be submerged. The Third National Climate Assessment, released earlier this year, predicts global sea…Read Full Story >>
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:
Eco-Voice provides almost daily updates on environmental events and issues with a focus on Southwest Florida. Every morning before 6 am a selection of news items, great photos, and announcements of environmental events relevant to South Florida, with links to sources and additional information, is…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 >>
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 >>
GROWTH IMPACTS AND IMPLICATIONS In Florida, our environment is our economy. How well are we protecting our investment? From the Conservancy of Southwest Florida—and it applies to ALL of Florida! Our environment and our economy are not mutually exclusive. We cannot choose one or the other because…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 >>
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 >>
|The Magnolia Chapter's outreach has included local|
universities and the USFWS. If your chapter hasn't
forged partnerships with like-minded organizations,
now is a great time to start.
|A liaison to local educational institutions can bring able|
bodied volunteers and future members to chapter events.
|The "Groundpounders" in action...|