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
Tuesday, January 27, 2015, 7:30 p.m.
Pinecrest Gardens, 11000 SW 57 Ave. (Red Road)
Free and open to the public
"The Florida International University Nature Preserve: Cultural and Ecological Restoration" – Ryan Vogel, Program Coordinator, FIU Office of Sustainability
The FIU Nature Preserve is a 15 acre urban forest which is meant to educate FIUstudents, faculty and staff as well as the community about the Florida Everglades. Since its establishment in the mid-1970's, little has been invested into its management, thus it had very low visitation for a multitude of reasons – until recently. This presentation will discuss some of the notable management changes and accomplishments that have occurred within the past few years to positively affect the biological composition as well as cultural perspectives regarding this fragmented remnant of the Florida Everglades. See more about the preserve at http://gogreen.fiu.edu/
Upcoming Field Trip
Saturday, January 24, 2015: John U. Lloyd Beach State Park.
This park is between the Intracoastal and the Atlantic Ocean in Hollywood and contains highly disturbed dredge fill areas, mangrove, coastal hammock, beach strand and interpretive trails. Interesting or rare native strand plants include baycedar (Suriana maritima), beach peanut (Okenia hypogaea) and inkberry (Scaevola plumieri). Large stands of Australian pines have been removed and the area revegetated with plants native to the habitat.
- Difficulty: Easy
- Bring: Park entrance fee ($6/vehicle, $4 single occupant), sun protection, drinks, lunch is you would like to picnic afterward
- Lost/late? Try Patty's cell (305-878-5705), the day of the trip only, 305-255-6404 before that day