Habitat Restoration

Restoration Saves Plants, Wildlife and Pollinators!

Restoration Saves Plants, Wildlife and Pollinators!

Restoration brings back life to abused lands. Planting native groundcover, thinning overgrown trees, bringing back fire, and eliminating invasive species work. They save butterflies and other pollinators, they bring back wildlife.

FNPS performs many types of restoration projects.
  • nuisance species removal and control
  • plant rescues & reintroduction (salvage) onto protected lands
  • seed collection, propagation and introduction
  • Restoration on public lands
  • maintenance

FNPS is a consistent supporter of nuisance species control. 

We participate in the legislative process and speaking out on regulations that encourage careful testing of new crops, especially biofuel crops, under consideration for planting.

FNPS was one of the first non-profit organizations to become a signatory of the Florida Invasive Species Partnership, and in 2010, FNPS worked with other members of the partnership to implement common goals for the control of invasive plants.

We help ID invasive species and educate homeowners on the risks of planting them.  We provide written suggestions for planting natives in lieu of invasives in landscaping projects.  For instance, see our brochures on "alter-natives" and pick up a landscaping brochure for easy to obtain and grow natives in your part of Florida.




FNPS and our chapters partner with public land managers to assist with rare species monitoring, land management and restoration projects.

FNPS provides grants for rare species conservation and ecosystem restoration projects in the form of Conservation Grants.  Grants must be sponsored by a local chapter and focus on rare plants and/or rare plant communities.  To find out more and apply, see our Conservation Grants requirements.

Some FNPS chapters provide one-on-one free consultation with landowners and homeowners in support of removing problem species and replacing them with natives.

Photo by Jackie Rolly.  FNPS provided a Conservation Grant that was used to restore uplands at the Oakland Nature Preserve.


Volunteers helping with scrub habitat restoration at Bill Frederick Park in Orlando.


Roadways and other large-scale projects sometimes impact native plant communities including those with rare species.  FNPS sponsors rescue (salvage) efforts where volunteers harvest plants from areas that will be destroyed and then plant them into areas of public ownership where they have the potential to exist in perpetuity.

These projects can be a great opportunity to pitch in and contribute to the long-term survival of some of Florida's rarest species. 

The video below shows a recent plant rescue in central Florida. Plants were harvested from an area of many rare species that were fated to fall prey to an apartment complex. FNPS volunteers spent weeks relocating the plants to Lake Louisa State Park where they will be protected and add diversity to an area of the state park that is being restored.

Sandhill rescue in Lake County.


Rescuing rare sandhill plants in Lake County.