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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, January 24, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
Pinecrest Gardens, 11000 SW 57 Ave. (Red Road)

Rare Plants and Everglades Restoration - George Gann, Chief Conservation Strategist, The Institute for Regional Conservation

The Everglades Restoration is one of the largest and most complex ecological restoration projects in the world. Yet, rare native plants are not routinely monitored or considered during restoration planning. Join George Gann as we explore the historical native flora of the main Everglades drainageway, and review some of the rare species that might be affected by Everglades Restoration implementation. We want to 'send the water south', but also ensure that rare native plants benefit from this massive and critically important undertaking.

A native of southern Miami-Dade County, George is a founder of The Institute for Regional Conservation and currently acts as its Chief Conservation Strategist. He was first author of IRC's landmark book Rare Plants of South Florida and is responsible for IRC's many online resources, including Natives For Your Neighborhood and the Floristic Inventory of South Florida. George has spent the last 40 years working on the conservation of rare plants, the restoration of ecosystems and a host of other conservation and sustainability issues. He has played a leadership role in a number of organizations including IRC, FNPS, Tropical Audubon Society, and the Society for Ecological Restoration. He works at both the local and global scales.

Upcoming Field Trip

Upcoming Field Trip

Sunday, January 22, 2017: Chekika, Everglades National Park

This area was a private resort, then a state recreational area with a scenic swimming hole (fed by an artesian well gushing sulphur-laden water), and other amenities. In 1985, the artesian well was capped due to concern that the brackish water might contaminate surface wells downstream. The park was transferred to ENP in 1991 and closed seasonally due to high water. In recent years the facilities have been closed due to lack of resources, and nature has been reclaiming the area. However, Chekika is still open to walk-in visitors. Shawn Bawden, Volunteers-In-Parks Program Manager at ENP, will accompany us and explain what’s happening at the site. We’ll be looking at plants but it’s also a great place for birds and butterflies.

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

  • Difficulty: Easy/moderate - walking in open areas, on boardwalks, roads, unpaved paths; possible optional walking into open prairie that might be a bit muddy or wet.
  • Bring: Sun protection, bug spray (just in case), drinks. Long pants and shoes that can get muddy are advised.
  • Lost/late? Try Patty’s cell (305-878-5705)