WELCOME TO THE FLORIDA NATIVE PLANT SOCIETY BROWARD CHAPTER!

Chapter logo by Deanna Derosia
All creatures depend on plants, and now all nature depends on us. Odd that humans, an intelligent species, have been so slow to realize their dependence on nature for air, water, and life itself. Join us in protecting nature and bringing our indigenous plants* to our cities.

Our Mission: To promote the preservation, conservation, and restoration of the native plants and native plant communities of Broward County. 

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 September  2022

Virtual and In-person Meeting

Wednesday, September 14th, 2022
7:00pm - 8:30pm

Presentation by Joe Montes de Oca

Secret Woods Nature Center at Julia Hall
2701 W State Road 84, Dania Beach, FL 33312

Have you ever gotten the urge to go on an adventure but didn't have the time to drive west to the Everglades or Big Cypress? Even a trip to a local preserve can seem like a tedious journey when the traffic is a factor. Appreciating the green patches all around us has never been easier thanks to a fantastic citizen science app and website that you've probably already heard of: iNaturalist.

Discovering and documenting the biodiversity in urban and suburban green patches is a great way to branch out into other groups of organisms and you'll always be pleasantly surprised by what you find. Getting help from the iNaturalist community and the amazing data that is collected in a public data enables anyone to quickly familiarize themselves with the local (and often hyper-local) flora and fauna. This presentation will go over the basics of how to use iNaturalist and how to use the database to learn more about the biodiversity near you.

This presentation will also be available virtually via Zoom for those unable to attend the in-person meeting. Please access the following link the evening of the meeting: 
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82052836550?pwd=TTVya0pkUE5TQVNVOHlDbWI3QXdqZz09

 

Field Trip Opportunity

Sunday, September 18th, 2022
9:00am - 11:00am

Miramar Pineland
3600 S University Dr, Miramar, FL 33025
Gate Fee: $1.50/per person on weekends

Photo by Stephine Dunn

Please join us for our field trip to Miramar Pineland! We will meeting in front of the newly complete Nature Center to gather before setting out on our walk. There are restroom facilities within the park. Attendees are encouraged to wear proper footwear, sun protective clothing, as well as bring water.

Also, we encourage attendees to consider posting flora and fauna observations from our field trip to iNaturalist! This can be done via phone app or web browser.

Please RSVP if you plan to attend this field trip by emailing BrowardChapterFNPS@gmail.com so that we can have a head count of attendees.

SEPTEMBER BROWARD NATIVE PLANT SOCIETY NEWSLETTER

CHAPTER BOARD 2022-2023 ELECTIONS

Click Here to Vote

Statement from ERIC RUPERT
Running to join the Board in the position for the Newsletter

 

"As a boy scout in south Florida in the 70’s, we camped, canoed, hiked and biked all over. My love for the outdoors grew from this time. I have lived in Broward County since 1964.

I have always enjoyed seeing the local birds, animals, bugs and plants in the area.

I am currently hiking the Florida trail northbound and have hiked and camped the first 331 miles. The Green Swamp WMA and the Central Florida West section are my next stop.

In the past couple of years, I have started to learn more about the importance of having local, native plants; what they can do for a local habitat, even if that is just your own yard.

I would love to be part of your board to share native plants with others, increase my knowledge and becoming a better ecological steward."

 

 

 

The Florida Native Plant Society
license plate is a reality!


 
Governor DeSantis has signed legislation granting FNPS our own license plate. You can pre-order your plate either at your Tax Collector’s office or your Highway Safety/Motor Vehicles’ office or by visiting the link below. FNPS must pre-sell 3,000 vouchers before the State will manufacture the license plate. The Florida Native Plant Society will receive $20.00 for each plate sold to further our mission work.

CLICK THIS LINK TO REGISTER FOR YOUR FNPS PLATE

 

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Wonderful News for Florida

Governor DeSantis and the Florida Legislature this year in July achieved something rarely seen by conservation supporters—a string of “wins” to benefit our natural resources during the recent legislative session.   Chief among these positive actions is the renewed funding for Florida Forever. 
 
 

 


List of Broward "Protected Natural Lands"
Including Coordinates
 
(Jan 2020 PDF)

Keeping our eyes on the welfare of plants and wildlife on Broward's Protected Natural Lands is everyone's responsibility. Use the list above to ensure these lands are cared for.

Current and historical records of Broward County Natural Lands:
Tax Parcels (Foilio Numbers) associated with current protected natural lands
Old March 2, 2011 "Natural Lands Inventory," County record
Broward County 2010 Natural Land (in green) Inventory Map


Search the website here:

Watch this calendar for up-to-date Chapter for future event information.

CALENDAR for upcoming SPEAKERS and FIELDTRIPS.Note: Updated on the 1st week of each month. Currently there will be virtual meetings or fieldtrip videos until furture notice..
 
A 10-minute read on species loss in Broward and how to stop it:
 

LOCAL NURSERIES:  NATIVE PLANTS FOR LANDSCAPING? Click here


21 Stand Up At Fort Lauderdale City Commission Meeting
To Save Executive Airport Natural Areas

Wearing green and holding sprigs of native plants, this group of 21 stood in protest of the destruction of City-owned natural areas within the Executive Airpark north of the FXE Airport*. City Mayor Trantalis assigned continued discussion to District 1 Commissioner (district containing the Executive Airport) Heather Moraitis, but no indication of intent to save these natural areas was made by Commissioner Moraitis at the June 11, 2019, meeting. We are planning our next move now. Please write to the City Commissioners (see below) and FXE Board now. Known more for native plant talks and field trips, this group made a polite, but impressive presence at City Hall on May 7. Thank you all!

*These areas are not associated with the proposed stadium areas.

April Chapter eNews explains the issues ... April Newsletter (published April 3, but correspondence with City began March 18)

City of Fort Lauderdale Responds (April 4)

Broward Chapter FNPS President Answers City Letter (April 10)

Burrowing Owls Observed on Parcel C (April 28)

HELP US SAVE THESE NATURAL AREAS. Many voices, short and polite, are the most effective...  
Mayor Dean Trantalis; Phone: 954 828-5004, Email: DTrantalis@fortlauderdale.gov  
Vice Mayor/District III Commissioner Robert L. McKinzie; Phone: 954-828-5004, Email: RMckinzie@fortlauderdale.gov  
District I Commissioner Heather Moraitis; Phone: 954 828-5033, Email: HMoraitis@fortlauderdale.gov  
District II Commissioner Steve Glassman; Phone: 954 828-5923, Email: PRaju@fortlauderdale.gov
Dist. IV Commissioner Ben Sorensen; Phone: 954 828-5003, Email: BSorensen@fortlauderdale.gov 

Broward County Mayor Mark D. Bogen; Phone: 954- 357-7002, Email: mbogen@broward.org

Action Notice To Broward County Commissioners
June 28, 2019
This letter sent to Broward Mayor and County Commissioners 

Regarding May 2020 Destruction of River Oaks Preserve
Letter TO County regarding failure to protect River Oaks Preserve, a Protected Natural Land
Letter FROM County regarding failure to protect River Oaks Preserve
 (highlights added)
Attachment to letter from County - Permit Modification
Attachment to letter from County - Commencement
Attachment to letter from County - Project Details


 

 


 

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FNPS Landscaping Brochure

Here is the Southeast Regional FNPS Native Landscaping brochure. One side shows 63 recommended native landscape species in their "right place" (sunny-dry soils, for example) with at least 6 species for each light and soil-moisture zone.

The other side has basic native landscaping tips and recommended links and books for additonal information. You can get a copy at any Broward Chapter event.

Or view a low resolution version of the brochure online here.

 

 


THREE VALUABLE LANDSCAPING RESOURCES

1. Natives For Your Heighborhood (website includes cultivation information):
https://www.regionalconservation.org/beta/nfyn/default.asp
 
2. A List of Broward Native Plants sorted for landscaping by moisture, light, and size:
Landscape & Enthusiast Plants Native to Broward

Cutting-edge tech solutions for climate, pollution,
and other conundrums... Biomimacry.org

 

Explore the PLANTS + menu above for much more information about Broward native plants.