Council of Chapters Meeting February 10,2018

Julie Becker

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Council of Chapters Meeting February 10,2018
« on: February 06, 2018, 05:06:05 PM »
The Council of Chapters will meet February 10, 2018 at the FNPS annual retreat at Archbold Biological Station, 123 Main Dr, Venus, Florida 33960.
 The meeting will be from 3:15 pm until 4:15pm.
Please post your chapter reports to the forum.

Athena Philips

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  • Citrus Chapter Rep.
Re: Council of Chapters Meeting February 10,2018
« Reply #1 on: February 08, 2018, 03:11:33 AM »
Citrus Chapter report attached.
Athena Philips, Citrus Chapter Rep.

Re: Council of Chapters Meeting February 10,2018
« Reply #2 on: February 08, 2018, 03:45:35 PM »
Hernando County Chapter
Mikel (Miki) Renner

We started 2018 with a Gala!  We invited all environmentally focused organizations in Hernando County.  The Gala was held at a local restaurant and approximately 75 people attended.    This was an opportunity for like-minded folks in the County to mingle and enjoy a night of camaraderie.  There was a cash bar and heavy appetizers.  All attending organizations were given an opportunity to speak about their goals and focus. It was a very big hit and there is talk of continuing this event annually.

Our February speaker was Sue Mullins, the FNPS legislative liaison.  She provided timely information on current issues and bills under consideration.  Sue also shared helpful hints on how best to interact with and influence our local legislators.

The Hernando Chapter maintains a native plant garden at the local Nature Coast Botanical Gardens.  Work days are being set up.  The next Chapter workday, clean up and planting opportunity will be February 17.  All are invited to help whip the garden back into shape.

The Chapter partners with the Chinsegut Conservation Center of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. In recognition of World and National Wildlife day, Chinsegut is hosting a day devoted to wildlife conservation.  Chapter members will be participating in a variety of ways including staffing an FNPS information booth.

It will be a busy and exciting year.  Stay tuned.

Jan Allyn

  • Pinellas Chapter Rep., Communications Committee
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Re: Council of Chapters Meeting February 10,2018
« Reply #3 on: February 08, 2018, 10:22:53 PM »
Pinellas Chapter Report and list of recent speakers is attached.
« Last Edit: February 08, 2018, 10:53:18 PM by Jan Allyn »
Jan Allyn, Pinellas Chapter Rep.

Re: Council of Chapters Meeting February 10,2018
« Reply #4 on: February 09, 2018, 05:16:51 PM »
Magnolia Chapter has been working on creating a new grant application process for our student grants. We have updated our website to have a "Grants" page with instructions and applications attached. We have one student research grant and another scholarship to the FNPS conference. We are currently advertising for applicants.  To see our applications, visit our website: http://magnolia.fnpschapters.org/index.php?id=awards

Our January speaker was Pierson Hill who spoke about the flatwoods salamander recovery plan and how plants play a vital role in the salamanders life cycle. Our field trip was to three flatwoods salamander ponds in Apalachicola National Forest. Our February speaker was Dave Almquist, FNAI invertebrate biologist, who spoke about interesting plant-insect relationships. Field trip was led by Peter Kleinhenz to Suwannee Ridge WEA.

FNPS assisted the Atlanta Botanical Society and Jacksonville Zoo reintroducing the endangered Torreya taxifolia and caging young saplings at Torreya State Park.

We have brought on Tyler Dye, freshman at FSU, to assist in our chapter online presence and hopefully regularly send out our chapter newsletter, Ms. Magnolia.

Very soon, the trout lilies will be blooming at the Wolf Creek Trout Lily Preserve in Thomasville, GA. This is a spectacular superbloom that occurs along the ground of an old-growth hardwood slope forest, just over the state line. Many members and board members of the Magnolia chapter will be assisting with tours at the preserve.

Our chapter president, Scott Davis, met with Wakulla County Commissioners one on one to offer a practical prescription for managing imperiled roadside species. This is in response to a massive push to kill the roadside wildflower program. Scott worked on a comprehensive mow plan and informed them that this would strike a compromise between the competing interests of themselves and the wildflower advocates. Many members of Magnolia and Sarracenia FNPS were present at the BOCC meeting, where Scott gave a presentation to them and the public. They voted to approve the recommendations.
« Last Edit: February 09, 2018, 05:51:44 PM by Nicole Zampieri »
Nicole Zampieri, Magnolia Chapter Rep., Council Secretary

Re: Council of Chapters Meeting February 10,2018
« Reply #5 on: February 09, 2018, 05:39:21 PM »
Hi All,

Here is the link to the Hands-on workshop agenda https://drive.google.com/file/d/1oIh7Bya5sZQNhPWZ8vuYvFm4wAE6Icth/view?usp=sharing. Agenda for the governance workshop and the CoC meeting tomorrow will be posted later this evening.

The Naples Chapter is about to have its annual fundraiser this Tuesday, February 13. We will be having Reed Noss presenting "Florida Needs Fire!" at the Naples Botanical Garden. Hoping for a great turnout!
« Last Edit: February 10, 2018, 12:33:59 AM by Kara Driscoll »

Re: Council of Chapters Meeting February 10,2018
« Reply #6 on: February 10, 2018, 01:05:39 AM »
Here is the agenda for the CoC meeting at 3:15pm, and the Governance workshop at 2:00pm.

Re: Council of Chapters Meeting February 10,2018
« Reply #7 on: February 12, 2018, 09:19:27 PM »
Hi all! For those of you who attended the hands-on workshop, I'd appreciate your feedback on the google form that I created. This will help us plan future needed workshops to address training/information needs, as well as identifying chapter needs! You can fill it out at this link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeRAt4usDr8JM_vJS4IwcsWb1J8tneFCV69IdkoEji07wdTWQ/viewform?usp=sf_link#responses

Thanks so much!