Featured Projects - Restoration

FNPS has a hands-on approach to conservation.  The projects listed here are large conservation and restoration projects involving many FNPS members and FNPS leaders in multiple capacities.  They range from buying and managing land to improve the protection and management of that land for target species, to major relocations of rare plants from areas to be developed or otherwise made unsuited to areas where the species can be protected and managed and their habitats improved.

FNPS is monitoring two extremely rare mints, longspurred balm (Dicerandra cornutissima) and blushing balm (Dicerandra modesta).  Both are federally and state listed as Endangered. 

Dicerandra cornutissima occurs only in dry yellow-sand scrubs near Ocala in Marion and Sumter counties: the largest protected poulation is in the Cross Florida Greenway.  A smaller population is also protected by the Putnam Land Conservancy.

Dicerandra modesta is endemic to Polk County where it is present at the Horse Creek Scrub Tract of the Lake Marion Creek Wildlife Management Area managed by the South Florida Water Management District.    The population is bisected by the right-of-way for the SabalTrail pipeline and a Duke Energy transmission line.  The Florida Native Plant Society is monitoring the population and restoring the area damaged during the installation of the pipeline.


Florida Forest Service
Duke Energy

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Dicerandra cornutissima.  Photograph from habitat that no longer exists southwest of Ocala, by Shirley Denton.



Participating in the Land Management Reviews for public lands purchased under the Florida Forever and P2000 programs has been one of FNPS' most successful project efforts. 

Since 2009, FNPS members have participated in nearly 100% of all state land management reviews.


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Land management review team at St. Sebastian Preserve State Park, 2011.  Photo by Vince Lamb.



Thanks to the success of our Citizen Science Project to Map Rare Plant Species, we were able to map an undeveloped area of sandhill that if protected, will preserve important wildlife habitat and a natural corridor connecting publically-protected conservation lands.  The project area (aka "The Warea Area") is home to numerous rare plant and animal species including Clasping Warea (Warea amplexifolia), a critically endangered plant species, the Florida Sand Skink (Plestiodon reynoldsi), Florida Black Bear (Ursus americanus floridanus), Gopher Tortoise (Gopherus Polyphemus), and Sherman’s Fox Squirrel (Sciurus niger shermani).

Working with our conservation partner, Putnam Land Conservancy, the first property was acquired and preserved in 2014.  In 2018, Conservation Florida also donated a parcel to the project.  Working together, we are engaging the assistance of scientists, students and concerned citizens while we continue to acquire properties, monitor rare species and habitat, and to manage these properties for the benefit of the species that depend on them for their existence.

In 2019, Florida Native Plant Society (FNPS) completed the purchase of 12.48 acres, adding to the land already preserved by Putnam Land Conservancy.  This represents the first purchase of lands significant to the conservation of native plants by FNPS.


Funding for the purchase was provided by grants from the Felburn Foundation, The Nature Conservancy, and many private donors.


Putnam Land Conservancy
Conservation Florida

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Warea amplexifolia, clasping warea.  Photo by Shirley Denton


Warea amplexifolia (Clasping warea) on conservation lands acquired during this project.  Photo by Deborah Curry.


How "Clasping" warea got its name.  Photo by Susan Carr.