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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, April 22, 2014, 7:30 p.m.
Pinecrest Gardens, 11000 SW 57 Ave. (Red Road)

Free and open to the public

"The Fiery Flora of the Lake Wales Ridge" - Julia Gehring

This presentation will focus on the flora of the Florida scrub and its response to prescribed fire. We will take a general look at how to conserve rare, endemic plants in the face of fire suppression and habitat loss. Then, we will take a closer look at how the Florida Rosemary Scrub at Archbold Biological Station has responded to differing fire management regimes and changes in climate over the last 35 years.

Julia Gehring is a PhD Candidate in Dr. Suzanne Koptur's Lab at Florida International University. Her dissertation aims to examine the long-term dynamics of plants and insects communities of the pine rocklands in response to habitat fragmentation, fire management, and urbanization. She has worked in Florida as a plant ecologist for four years, which included an internship at Archbold Biological Station. Previously, she worked with the National Park Service as a botanist at Lake Mead National Recreation Area and Death Valley National Park on their Inventory and Mapping Projects and with the Toledo Zoo as a conservation biologist on their Karner Blue Butterfly Reintroduction Project. She received her B.S. at Brown University in Rhode Island. She has been a member of the FNPS Highlands and Palm Beach County chapters before moving to Miami-Dade earlier this year.

Upcoming Field Trip

Upcoming Field Trip

Saturday, April 26, 2014 Pine Ridge Sanctuary -- pineland of Terry and Barbara Glancy (Homestead)

Areas of this 15 acre privately-owned and managed pineland have had prescribed burning twice in the past two years (the latest in November), so it is especially nice now and wildflowers should be plentiful. We will also see a pond and small hammock planting near their house. Pine Ridge Sanctuary was awarded the Landowner of the Year for the state in 1997 and 2012 by the FL Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and is the only property ever to have received the award twice.

We visited two years ago but there's always something different and interesting to see. Miami Blue NABA members are invited, and we will try to supplement the Glancy's moth and butterfly survey. It will be a great introduction to the Glancy's May presentation on their 38 years of pineland restoration.

  • Difficulty: Easy. Wide unpaved paths through the woods.
  • Note: Bring your own drinks. The port-o-let at the Glancys' nursery will be available. Those interested might go out to dinner afterward.
  • Lost/late? Try Patty's cell (305-878-5705)