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, April 28, 2015, 7:30 p.m.
Pinecrest Gardens, 11000 SW 57 Ave. (Red Road)
Free and open to the public
The Miami-Dade County Environmentally Endangered Lands Program - Cynthia Guerra, Program Director
In 1990 voters of Miami-Dade County established and funded the Environmentally Endangered Lands (EEL) Program to purchase and protect environmentally-sensitive land. The EEL Program has acquired and manages approximately 24,000 acres of the hammocks, pinelands, scrubby flatwoods, freshwater wetlands and mangrove forests that are protected and preserved through the EEL Program. Come learn about the status of this program which is vital to preserving our county’s natural areas.
Cynthia Guerra is the Program Director of the Miami-Dade County Environmentally Endangered Lands Program. Prior to that, she was the Executive Director of the Tropical Audubon Society, a local environmental conservation, advocacy and education non-profit organization that is part of the National Audubon Society. Cynthia has dedicated her career to working towards and contributing to improving environmental protection and conservation of natural areas and ecosystems, and educating and engaging others in protection of natural lands and native species.
Upcoming Field Trip
Saturday, May 16, 2015, Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammock Botanical State Park.
Once slated to become a condominium development, this park contains one of the largest tracts of West Indian tropical hardwood hammock in the U.S. It is home to 84 protected species of plants and animals. Most of the park's trails are paved and accessible to bicycles and wheel-chairs. See http://www.floridastateparks.org/keylargohammock. On our leisurely stroll we’ll practice tree identification – bring a reference to help with that if you would like. The paperback booklet Trees of the Everglades National Park and the Florida Keys by George Stevenson would be a great one to carry.
Time, address and directions are in the newsletter mailed to members. Please join to enjoy all the activities of the chapter!
- Difficulty: Easy – walking on smooth paths. You can go the distance that works for you and easily turn back.
- Bring: $2.50 park fee per person (exact change), water, sun protection, bug spray and long sleeves (there could be few mosquitoes), lunch if 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