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Fall Native Plant Sale 2016

Take advantage of the largest offering of native plants in North Florida during the 2016 Fall Native Plant sale on at Morningside Nature fall-plant-saleCenter. Paint your yard with low-maintenance native plants!

An exclusive member's sale is on the Friday, September 30, from 4:30-6:30pm, open to members of the Friends of Nature Parks (FNP) and to all the members of the Florida Native Plant Society (FNPS). The event is open to the public on Saturday, October 1, from 8:30am to 12:30 pm. Memberships are available at the gate. Cash, checks and debit/credit cards are accepted!

For information please call 352-334-3326.
The sale is hosted cooperatively by the City of Gainesville's Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department, the Friends of Nature Parks (FNP) and Paynes Prairie chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society (FNPS).

Reconnecting Sandhill Fragments

sandhillOn September 20th at 6:30 pm please join us at The Thomas Center for:

Reconnecting Sandhill Fragments- Restoration efforts of the Kincaid Loop Longleaf Pine Restoration Partnership and Management of Municipal Lands:

Historically, a swath of deep sandy soils stretched across eastern Alachua County with associated sandhill and mixed upland ecosystems. In the early 1990's, 80 acres of Boulware Springs Park in the City of Gainesville, which had formerly been a grazed pineland pasture, was slated to be developed into soccer fields. After locating 23 gopher tortoise burrows and discovering a swath of intact sandhill groundcover on the parcel, staff recommended that it be set aside as protected land. After many years of individual efforts and acquisitions, concerned landowners and public lands managers have come together to protect and restore imperiled pinelands to a more natural state which supports a high biodiversity of plants and wildlife, including many rare endemic plants. Differing land uses, topography and fragmentation have led to a range of conditions in each parcel, necessitating a variety of restoration strategies. Supporting each other by sharing resources, experience, and information, the City of Gainesville, Alachua County and the Flamingo Hammock neighborhood have been able to work simultaneously to restore and connect small parcels of upland pine habitat, contributing to the larger mosaic of natural lands which abut the Paynes Prairie basin. Grace Howell will discuss this project as well as other land management activities in other municipal natural areas. Grace Howell is a Habitat Naturalist with the City of Gainesville's Natural Resource Management team, which manages 29 nature parks totaling nearly 3000 acres. She has a degree in Natural Resource Conservation from the University of Florida and is a certified prescribed burn manager. Previously she worked as an environmental educator at Morningside Nature Center for five years. A native of Tallahassee, Grace's passionate interests in botany, fire ecology, and upland restoration stem from 25 years spent exploring and observing the wonders of North Florida's natural areas.