Courtesy Caroline Gregsak

Mangrove Chapter of FNPS Speaker List for 2019 

The Mangrove Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society has the pleasure of welcoming the following speakers to their 2019 season of monthly meetings:

January 8, 2019L Lee Amos, Land Steward & Staff Biologist at Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast: “Land Conservation in SW Florida”

February 12, 2019: Roger Hammer, Professional naturalist and survivalist instructor for Discovery Channel’s reality television show Naked and Afraid: “Wild Orchids of Florida”       

March 12, 2019:  To be announced

April 9, 2019:  Kate Borduas, Environmental Activist, Florida Master Naturalist and Certified Interpretive Guide: “The Wonderful, Wacky World of Lichens”


FNPS Grant Available from Local Mangrove Chapter

The Mangrove Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society has made available $250 per Grant application “to create a public wildlife garden; to rehabilitate or enhance an existing garden; to replace invasive, exotic species with Florida native plants; to enhance a clubhouse, business, or non-profit entryway with Florida native plants; to plant native habitat around retention ponds; to add native plants to preservation areas; and/or for any educational planting.”

Planting must be in a public place, or in the case of gated communities or other areas with restricted access, in a place open to that community. No private yards will be supported. The Grant Committee will supply a list of possible vendors.

Those eligible to apply for the grant must live within the boundaries of the Mangrove Chapter: Charlotte County, all of Boca Grande, and Southern Sarasota County, including Englewood, North Port, and Venice. Awardees will be required to provide a final report with photos to the Grant Committee, as well as a short “before and after” presentation at a Mangrove Chapter monthly meeting. Notice of the award, with photos, will be submitted to local media.

Grant applications can be accessed online through the Mangrove Chapter website by clicking on “Newsletters” at the top of the Home page.

"Grant Application” will appear in the drop box below “Newsletters.”

Applications are also available at Cedar Point in Englewood at 2300 Placida Rd. or at monthly membership meetings at Lemon Bay Park, also in Englewood.

Applications are being accepted through April 30, 2019 and must be mailed to: MCFNPS Grant Committee PO Box 1153  Englewood, FL 34295-1153. If you have any questions, please call Al Squires at 941-769-3633.