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The Florida Native Plant Society (FNPS) is a non-profit organization formed in 1980 to promote the preservation, conservation, and restoration of the native plants and native plant communities of Florida and the use of Florida native plants in landscaping.

The Dade Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society (DCFNPS) is one of more than 20 chapters around the state and includes residents of Monroe County. More about us »
Next Meeting in Dade County

Next Meeting in Dade County

Tuesday, November 22, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
Pinecrest Gardens, 11000 SW 57 Ave. (Red Road)

The Trouble with Exotic Mangroves - Dennis Giardina - Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

This program will profile the threat posed by the importation and commercialization of mangrove species from the Eastern Hemisphere to the native mangrove forests and ecosystems of South Florida. The Everglades Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area has been working to combat this threat here at Matheson Hammock, Fairchild and Kampong Tropical Botanic Gardens. Compelling images will illustrate the program.

For over 25 years Dennis Giardina’s career has focused on endangered species recovery and exotic species control. It began in 1989 with the US Forest Service at the Caribbean National Forest, working on the Puerto Rican Parrot Recovery Project. Later he worked at St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge, restoring long leaf pine ecosystems and at Florida Panther and 10,000 Islands National Wildlife Refuges. From 2005 to 2008 Dennis was the Park Manager of Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park before becoming Everglades Region Biologist for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Since 2008, he has been the Co-Chair of the Everglades Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area (ECISMA). ECISMA was created to formalize cooperation among land management agencies to improve the effectiveness of exotic species control across the borders of the Everglades Protection Area and the surrounding urban and agricultural areas of South Florida.

Upcoming Field Trip

Upcoming Field Trip

Sunday, November 27, 2016: Black Point Park on Biscayne Bay

This walk follows our November program on exotic mangroves, though we hope to see only natives. We will walk a path along a mangrove swamp habitat. This is not natural, pristine habitat, but there are many coastal upland species. If the tide is low enough, we’ll try to find Swampbush, Pavonia paludicola (see the article in this newsletter.) Marty Roessler will be our botanist. See the October 2010 Tillandsia to read “Native Plant Name Notes: Cynanchum angustifolium” by Chuck McCartney concerning an interesting plant observed on the September 2010 trip to this park.

Time, address and directions are in the newsletter mailed to members. Please join to enjoy all the activities of the chapter!

  • Bring: Water, sun protection; lunch if you care to picnic.
  • Difficulty: Easy, 1-2 miles on a trail. Turn around any time.