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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, September 22, 2015, 7:30 p.m.
Pinecrest Gardens, 11000 SW 57 Ave. (Red Road)

"Flora of Shell Mounds in Everglades National Park" - Jimi Sadle, ENP botanist

Everglades National Park was established in large part to protect the unique flora found within the park boundary. Much of the plant diversity in this vast natural area is concentrated within small uplands scattered throughout comparatively uniform wetlands. High ground in the southwestern mangrove swamps of the park is largely restricted to shell mounds built by early inhabitants of the region. Many of these sites are very remote and in locations difficult to access even in the best of conditions. As a result, available information on plant species at these sites was restricted to a few sites and outdated. In an effort to update and provide a better understanding of the plant diversity found on shell mounds of ENP, inventories have been prepared over the past 10 years. This has led to the development of a better understanding of flora of shell mounds and the park as a whole. Join us for a presentation on these hot spots of plant diversity.

Jimi Sadle has been park botanist at Everglades and Dry Tortugas National Parks since 2007. Prior to that he managed the Invasive Plant Management Program at Big Cypress National Preserve and also worked as a biologist with The Institute for Regional Conservation. His primary interest is in conservation of rare plant species. Jimi grew up on the Space Coast of Florida and has been in South Florida since 2000.

Upcoming Field Trip

Upcoming Field Trip

Sunday, September 27, 2015: The Hole-In-The-Donut (HID) Restoration Area, Everglades National Park

Say farewell to this year’s summer at one of the “friendlier” areas of Everglades National Park. We will be visiting the HID Restoration Area located along the southern edge of Long Pine Key. This 6,000+ acre area was once private farmland, and left fallow after the National Park Service (NPS) acquired it in the 1970s. Unfortunately, over time, Brazilian-pepper came to dominate it, and the NPS took measures to remove this exotic invasive by restoring it back to wetland. This was done by scraping all the soil away to bedrock one section at a time. You will see how nature bounces back and learn about plant succession as we will visit areas restored at different years dating back to 1989! Expect to see the tail end of summer bloomers such as the primrose-willows and winged loosestrife and the beginning of fall bloomers such as asters, goldenrods, yellowtop and many grasses and sedges. In addition, wildlife is plentiful here, and you will learn some possible reasons for this. For more information about the HID Restoration Area, visit:

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

  • Leader: Steven W. Woodmansee
  • Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
  • Bring/wear: Wear sturdy shoes and pants that can get wet. Bring water, sun protection, bug spray (just in case), and lunch if you would like to picnic afterward.
  • Questions: Patty (305-255-6404; cell 305-878-5705 for that morning only). There is no cell reception in the HID area.