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.
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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 transportation landscape architect Jeff Caster said, “Roadsides are the state’s most visited and visible landscape. The department is committed to increasing the visibility and enjoyment of native wildflowers.”
"We salute the department in enacting this forward-thinking program," said Vince Lamb, Florida Wildflower Foundation board chairman. "In Florida, wildflower tourism is building as its own brand of ecotourism, as is exemplified in the eastern Panhandle. There's no doubt that FDOT's new statewide procedure will help preserve native wildflowers, the most beautiful roadside assets of all."
Not only are they beautiful, wildflowers provide habitat for the pollinators vital to Florida's agricultural success. Together, they are essential to the production of every third bite of food we eat. On Jan. 28, the Florida Wildflower Foundation and the Magnolia Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society hosted a meeting of more than 100 Panhandle Wildflower Alliance members in Tallahassee to introduce the new program. Established in 2012, the Florida Panhandle Wildflower Alliance is an informal network of regional wildflower enthusiasts that advocates for conservation of wildflowers in the state’s Eastern Panhandle.
To view the Wildflower Management Program Procedure, visit http://flawildflowers.org/resources/pdfs/2014/FDOTWFProcedures650030001.pdf.
Learn more about the Panhandle Wildflower Alliance at www.flawildflowers.org/fpwa.php.
See more at: http://www.flawildflowers.org/news.php#73
Learn about wildflowers to use in your home landscape: http://www.fnps.org/plants
Thank you to the Florida Department of Transportation, Florida Wildflower Foundation (from whom this announcement is copied verbatum!), Florida Panhandle Wildflower Alliance, and Florida Native Plant Society's Magnolia Chapter. Well don all!
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, January 18, at 11:00 AM, EST, at First United Methodist Church, Chattahoochee, FL(photo shows Angus Gholson, Magnolia Chapter and the late Betty Wargo, Suncoast Chapter at one of the last conferences that both attended)
From the Tallahassee Democrat --
Angus was born on September 24, 1921 and died peacefully on January 15, 2014 at the age of 92 in his home surrounded by family.
He was a legendary botanist, conservationist, story-teller, and witty southern gentleman with a great sense of humor. His love of nature and his lifelong quest to acquire and share his knowledge of botany brought him much joy, and earned him many opportunities, accolades, honors, and awards. This will be his legacy for generations to come.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Angus Kemp "Happy" Gholson, and Annie May McDonald Scarborough Gholson; and his 5 siblings, Edgar Warren Scarborough, Martha Scarborough Frazier, Sue Scarborough Woodbery, Elise Scarborough Condo Lee, and David Sidney Gholson. He is survived by his devoted wife of 70 years, Mary "Eloise" Eubanks Gholson of Chattahoochee, Florida; his two children, Laura Gholson Smith (Jerry) of Alachua, Florida, and Angus "Kemp" Gholson, III of Chattahoochee, Florida; his 4 granddaughters, May McDonald Smith Weber (Tim) of Tampa, Florida, Tara Antoinette Gholson Kirk (Kip) of Kathleen, Georgia, Marjorie Eloise Smith Drummond (Gray) of Chiefland, Florida, and Laura Elizabeth Gholson Croley (Will) of Tallahassee, Florida; and his 7 great-grandchildren, Austin Tyler Kirk (11), Kay Eloise "Elle" Drummond (7), Elise Claire Weber (7), Andrew Smith Weber (5), Kate Graham Drummond (4), Elizabeth Ann Kirk (4), and Wilson Mahaffey Croley (1).
Angus graduated from Chattahoochee High School in 1941, and was the quarterback and co-captain of the National Championship Six Man Football Team there. He then attended the University of Florida on a football scholarship. His college career was interrupted in 1942 by World War II when he joined the United States Air Force. He served his country for 3 years as a navigator and bombardier in B-24 flights over Germany. He completed 30 lead missions and received the Distinguished Flying Cross Award. He returned to the University of Florida after the war and earned a Bachelor of Science in Forestry in 1948 with honors. Angus' first job out of college was as a forester with the St. Joe Paper Company in Bay County, then for a short time, he served as horticulturalist at the Apalachee Correctional Institution. He later managed Lake Seminole, a reservoir created by a dam where the Chattahoochee and Flint Rivers meet to form the Apalachicola River, until he retired from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1983 after 30 years of service.
While with the Corps of Engineers, Angus began helping scientists who were cataloging plants. After retirement, he began his second career as a botanist. With a home office and library equipped with a microscope, he started his own herbarium and collected and preserved over 19,000 specimens, mostly of plants and flora collected from around the North Florida region. His notable collection was gifted to the University of Florida in 2008 and is housed there today. Except during his college career and military service, he lived his entire life in his childhood family home on Bolivar Street in his beloved hometown of Chattahoochee, Florida. Angus and Eloise have hosted thousands of visitors there from around the world who were interested in learning from him with gracious southern hospitality. He gave countless hours in many capacities to the Florida and Georgia Chapters of The Nature Conservancy, Tall Timbers Research Station, the Apalachicola National Forest, the Florida Department of Natural Resources, the Joseph W. Jones Ecological Research Center, the Walker Cancer Research Institute, and the Division of Parks and Recreation for the State of Florida.
Of the many honors and awards that were bestowed upon him during his life, the following made him the most proud.
- Three species of plants are named for Angus: Liatris gholsonii, Carex gholsonii, and Hymenocallis gholsonii.
- The City of Chattahoochee named the local Nature Park after him in 2003 "to honor an indefatigable field botanist and Chattahoochee's most famous citizen."
Angus was a lifelong member of the First United Methodist Church in Chattahoochee. He was gifted in composing and delivering heartfelt and memorable prayers, and did so at many a large family gathering, including holiday meals, wedding rehearsal dinners, and wedding receptions.
He delivered smiles with his handwritten get well and thank you letters. He captured attention with his respect for nature, and his charismatic and clever delivery of one of a kind stories. He delighted in the experience of eating simple and traditional southern food, had a huge sweet tooth, and savored a cold "Coca-cola." As his soul slipped to heaven, Angus surely whispered one last time "Cuz, you hold 'em in the road" to those he left behind that brought him so much happiness, care, attention and love throughout his 92 years on this earth.
A memorial service will be held at 11 am on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at the First United Methodist Church of Chattahoochee, 18 W. Marion Street, Chattahoochee, FL 32324. The family will receive visitors immediately following the service. Funeral arrangements are being made by Lanier Andler Funeral Home, Sneads, FL.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in memory of Angus K. Gholson, Jr. to the First United Methodist Church of Chattahoochee, 18 W. Marion Street, Chattahoochee, FL 32324; the Northwest Florida Division of the Florida Chapter of the Nature Conservancy, 222 S. Westmonte Drive, Suite 300, Altamonte Springs, FL 32714; and the City of Chattahoochee Angus Gholson Nature Park, P.O. Box 188, Chattahoochee, FL 32324.
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. It was the first time in the state’s history this type of comprehensive assessment has ever been conducted. After months of evaluating and paring the 3 million acres of state-owned conservation land to roughly 5,200 acres, that list was further reduced due to legal and title issues, knowledge about endangered species habitat and other factors.
The Department will continue to buy and sell conservation land in the way it has done for decades with the involvement of the local community – the state has sold roughly 3,000 acres since 2000, generating $14.5 million in revenue. In addition, the Department will seek land to quality conservation land.
Paraphrased from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection Press Release, Feb. 28, 2014
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 chapter activities. March 7 is also the deadline to submit applications for FNPS landscape awawrds.