Committees

The Board may create standing committees, which must have a minimum of a Chair and 2 additional members who are members in good standing of the FNPS.
At present, the Society has the Standing Committees which are described below.

Communications Committee

The Communications committee facilitates communications within FNPS and between FNPS and the public.
Specific activities include:


Conference Committee

The FNPS Conference Committee—a standing committee of FNPS—oversees the planning of the conference and assists in maintaining consistency between the current conference and future and past years’ conferences. The host chapters provide an Annual Conference Committee (a temporary committee in the language of the FNPS Bylaws), which selects the conference theme, designs programs and field trips, and provides the primary volunteer pool which implements the conference.
For more information about the duties of the Conference Committee, see the Annual FNPS Conference page of this wiki.

Conservation Committee

The Conservation Committee promotes the FNPS mission by focusing the society’s efforts on the conservation, preservation, and/or restoration of rare or imperiled native plant taxa and plant communities in Florida. The committee serves this function by:
  • Promoting the acquisition and management of habitat supporting Florida’s rare and imperiled native plant taxa and plant communities.
  • Raising scientific awareness of the importance of landscape connectivity and management to the conservation of Florida’s native plants and their communities.
  • Promoting and managing the annual conservation grant awards.
  • Provide expert guidance to government agencies, and various private organizations regarding the conservation of native plants and native plant communities.
  • Support and encourage projects that conserve native plants and native plant communities.
  • Become apprised of issues related to major transportation and growth management initiatives and provide input when such initiatives represent a significant threat to native plants and native plant communities. Strive to ensure that input is provided at an early stage in the planning and design process of such initiatives to provide legal standing and maximize the likelihood of influencing decision-making.
  • Assist in identifying native plants and native plant communities in need of preservation and assist in bringing this information to the attention of appropriate agencies, organizations and the general public.
  • Assist FNAI (Florida Natural Areas Inventory) and support their influence.
  • Continue active participation and membership on the Endangered Plant Advisory Council (EPAC).
  • Assess existing guidelines and develop FNPS guidelines to define successful restoration of Florida native plant communities. (Advise agencies, organizations and the general public on the proper native plant species to use in restoration projects).
  • Assist agencies and landowners in compiling a list of plants native to the site for public land and large-tract private owners.

Education Committee

The purpose of the Education Committee is to improve knowledge about native plants and native plant communities of Florida among the general public including current and future audiences diverse in age, cultural background and interest level.
The Work of the Education Committee includes:
  • Identifying publicly available information, educational materials, multimedia and other resources of high quality, conceptual clarity and significance.
  • Providing public access to educational resources that further the Society’s mission and goals.
  • Identifying and recommending appropriate target audiences for Society programs that are mindful of public accessibility and diversity.
  • Setting public education goals and priorities within the capacity, aspirations and purposes of the Society.
  • Accomplishing tangible educational projects and programs that help realize the mission of the Society.

Finance Committee

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Landscape Committee

The FNPS Landscape Committee forwards the Florida Native Plant Society mission by providing the landscape industry, government entities and citizens of Florida with resources, advocacy materials and information to promote the use of, protection of and conservation of native plants and native plant communities.
The Landscape Committee Chair oversees a committee of volunteers who engage in the following issues and projects:
  • FNPS Landscape Awards – An annual program that recognizes gives awards for native plant landscapes based on their merit and judging criteria for multiple categories. Action items include Promotions, judging process, present winning awards at the FNPS Annual Conference and write follow-up articles to be published in a variety of media.
  • FNPS Annual Conference Session(s) – Plan and execute a presentation(s) at the FNPS conference each year that gives homeowners, lay persons, landscape designers and landscape maintenance personnel insights and knowledge regarding native plants, their importance and practical design, planting and maintenance care applications;Facilitate the advertising and processing of CEU credits for landscape architects, landscape designers, FNGLA members and arborists.
  • Landscape Industry Resources – Provide Landscape Industry professionals and City/County Government staff with resources and advocate for native plants to be included in landscape ordinances. Lobby to exclude FLEPPC Category I and II plants from ordinance plant lists.
  • Relationship with landscape architects/designers – Prepare information to distribute to landscape designers/architects to educate on the benefits of native plants, promote the use of native plants, discourage the use of FLEPPC plants and provide a professional code of conduct.
  • Provide resources and guidelines for Homeowners Associations
  • Provide Native Plant Advocacy through:
    • Native Plant Demonstration Landscapes
    • YouTube Videos
    • Certified Native Plant Landscape Program
    • FNPS Website landscape page information
    • FNPS Website listing of Public Areas with Native Plants
    • Speakers Bureau in conjunction with the FNPS Education Committee
    • Sample landscape plans and plant lists

Membership Committee
The Membership Committee promotes the FNPS mission by focusing the society’s efforts to engage new members, retain and maintain members in the Society to promote the Society’s mission to preserve, conserve, and restore the native plants and plant communities of Florida. The committee serves this function through activities that promote our mission:
  • Collaborate with Member Managers and members in all Chapters to promote the FNPS mission and work with local residents and elected representatives to protect the plant communities that they know best.
  • Provide information of activities through the Chapters to encourage the Society’s membership to meet like-minded citizens and learn more about the Real Florida.
  • Provide regular reports to the Board of Directors and provide articles in the Society’s Sabal minor publication, Chapter newsletters, Social Media – Blog and Facebook, and other local resources.
  • Provide workshops for Chapter Member Managers that focus on opportunities to recruit and maintain members.
  • Periodically update the FNPS Membership Brochure with content and Membership fees.
  • Provide Membership brochures to the Chapters, Board and new members at Quarterly Board and Council meetings, including the Annual Conference.
  • Collaborate and make recommendations to the Board of Directors on Membership levels.
  • Work closely with Administrative Services and the CiviCRM Data base.

Policy & Legislation Committee

The Policy Committee tracks political activities that impact upon Florida native plants or their environments, reviews potential issues of regional or precedent-setting impact for relevance to the FNPS mission, and develops policy statements to guide FNPS and chapter involvement in policy issues relating to Florida native plants.

Land Management Partners Committee

The Land Management Partners committee works with the Florida Dept. of Environmental Protection (FDEP) Division of State Lands on state mandated land management reviews. The reviews are conducted by the State of Florida on lands that were purchased with public conservation funds such as P2000 and Florida Forever. Each property greater than 1000 acres has an on-the-ground review every 5 years and a review and update for the management plan every 10 years. As an NGO, FNPS participates as a team member in the Conservation position. FNPS provides ecological expertise that assists state in management according to the purpose in which the lands were purchased and is one of the ways that FNPS promotes the preservation and conservation of the native plants and native plant communities of Florida.
FNPS served on 100% of the FDEP Land Management Reviews in 2010, 2011 and 2012, 86% in 2013, and 93% in 2017. We strive to maintain 100% FNPS participation on these important on-the-ground land reviews.

Research Committee

FNPS annually provides grants for research leading to the conservation of Florida native plants. These grants are funded through donations from our Endowment Fund, from our general membership fees, and from targeted donations from individuals and chapters. Grants are provided based on funding available and on the quality of applications received. Committee members review grant applications and notify awardees.
The Florida Native Plant Society Annual Conference is held each year in May. The Research Track of the Conference includes presented papers and a poster session. Researchers are invited to submit abstracts on research related to native plants and plant communities of Florida including preservation, conservation, and restoration. Presentations are planned to be 20 minutes in total length (15 min. presentation, 5 min. questions).
Details on the submittals will be provided several months in advance of the deadline. The announcement will be posted on the FNPS home page and in our social media accounts.