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Rare Plant Conservation Program

Rare Plant Task Force 2017

April 5-7, 2017 at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in Sarasota, FL

This year, we are happy to announce registration for two consecutive meetings for the conservation of Florida’s rare plant species.

The Florida Bromeliad Conservation Working Group Meeting

Wednesday, April 5, 2017
1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

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Join botanical gardens, universities, and local and state land managers to review the latest efforts to mitigate the devastating effects of the Mexican Weevil, Metamasius callizona, on native bromeliads of Florida.

Where: to be held at the Selby Gardens Classroom. Also includes a tour of Selby Gardens’ greenhouses. Limit 20 people.

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The 2017 Florida Rare Plant Task Force Meeting

Thursday, April 6, 2017
8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

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The 2017 Rare Plant Task Force is a state-wide meeting led by Bok Tower Gardens, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, and Marie Selby Botanical Gardens to bring together conservation professionals from a variety of disciplines and agencies to share approaches and findings, forge new partnerships, and discuss rare plant conservation priorities. This year’s topic is Non-traditional Partnerships for Rare Plant Conservation. Talks will be followed by a strategic planning session for the Florida Plant Conservation Alliance. This annual meeting is made possible by grants from the State of Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Division of Plant Industry.

Where: to be held in the Great Room By The Bay, Marie Selby Botanical Gardens.

Information Exchange: There will be an information exchange table at the meeting. Please bring copies of any relevant brochures, reprints, announcements, course offerings, job or grant opportunities, or other printed material to be made available to all meeting participants.

Poster Display: There will be an area for display of posters and time allotted within the meeting agenda for poster viewing. Please use this opportunity to display current research or other poster displays for viewing by all meeting participants.

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5 Rare Plant Field Trip Choices

Friday, April 7, 2017
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

It is our recommendation that you wear a hat, sunscreen, long-sleeved shirts, long pants, and close-toed sturdy shoes for these field trips. Even seasoned field botanists can be stung, poked, and/or poisoned by the local flora and fauna. Good clothes and a good sense of adventure can help make the experience more enjoyable. We willk provide bottles of water. The group will have lunch on their own. Participants will be provided meeting location details and carpooling options during the April 6 general session.

Please note that some field trips are limited to a certain number of participants.
Choosing to participate in none of the field trip choices does not lower the registration fee.

#1   New College of Florida Native Plant Restoration Area
Join New College of Florida students to help continue restoration efforts on a 2-acre parcel of the main campus. The parcel is designated as a Landscape Restoration Area in the Campus Master Plan to be maintained as “regenerative landscape” and is currently coordinated by the Environmental Studies group at the college. Work began in 2012 to remove the non-native sod grasses and replant with native Florida groundcover using direct seeding and pot-plantings while retaining the slash pine canopy. Work to date has been very successful, with the site now closely resembling a Florida pine flatwoods. Staff and students are able to use the site for study projects and interpretation while providing habitat, storm water protection and improved water quality to Sarasota Bay. Participants will have a tour of the site and the opportunity to provide guidance to staff and students about future site management as well as help with the removal of invasive vegetation around the site. Participants should bring gloves and hand tools. Meeting location and logistics will be provided to participants during the general session. Limit 15 people.

#2   Botanical Survey of the Elling Eide Foundation Property
Put your Florida native plant identification skills to the test and come join Selby Gardens Botany Department to help conduct an inventory of the native plants of this unusual 72-acre property along Little Sarasota Bay, just 15 minutes south of Selby Gardens. This property consists of several ecologically important habitats, including coastal hammock, scrubby flatwoods, mangrove swamp, and pine flatwoods/xeric hammock. Plant inventory will be focused within the area of scrubby flatwoods. The field trip meeting location and logistics will be provided to participants during the general session. Limit 10 people

#3   Epiphyte Horticulture Workshop
Learn from the Selby Gardens horticulture team how to cultivate and propagate select vascular epiphytic plant species, with a focus on native Florida orchids, bromeliads, and pteridophytes. Techniques demonstrated will include plant division, potting, mounting, and sewing of propagules. Participants will be divided into small groups and will be instructed by experts on the techniques of plant division, potting, mounting, and sewing of propagules. Limit 20 people

#4   Little Manatee River State Park Guided Hike
Little Manatee River State Park staff, Kathryn Smithson and/or Rosalind Rowe, will be leading a guided hike on the Florida Hiking Trail, which skirts along the Little Manatee River (LMR). Riverine hammock and scrubby flatwoods are just a few of the natural communities found along this hike, including picturesque views of LMR from the river bank bluffs, and a point of interest where Cypress Creek, a major tributary of LMR, feeds into the river. Hikers will also be taken through an area of scrub not open to the general public to a natural population of the Florida endemic Florida Goldenaster, Chrysopsis floridana, which is both state- and federally-endangered. Limit 10 people.

#5   Myakka River State Park Tour and Tram Ride
Myakka River State Park will be hosting a 2-hour guided hike by Park Ranger Mike Stanfield through one of Florida’s imperiled endemic ecosystems, dry prairie. Considering this is an abundantly diverse plant community, and it will be pring, this should be an exquisite hike. Following the hike, participants will enjoy a 1-hour Myakka Wildlife Tram Tour through a 3-mile loop of the park highlighting both historic and wildlife points of interest. Arrive at the park’s south entrance, located at 14 Myakka River State Park Rd., Sarasota, FL 34241 at 8:45 a.m. The gate attendant will provide parking instructions. Limit 10 people; Additional $14 fee for the tram tour.

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Marie Selby Botanical Gardens is located at 900 South Palm Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34236.

Local Hotel Information

Aloft Hotel avg. room price: $189
1401 Ringling Blvd. Sarasota, FL 34236
Baymont Inn & Suites avg. room price: $110
1425 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34238
Hotel Indigo avg. room price: $175
1223 Boulevard of the Arts, Sarasota, FL 34236
Hyatt Regency Sarasota avg. room price: $202
1000 Boulevarfd of the Arts, Sarasota, FL 34236
Laquinta Inn & Suites Sarasota avg. room price: $119
1803 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34234
Regency Inn & Suites avg. room price: $109
1803 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34234

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The Florida Rare Plant Task Force is sponsored by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Division of Plant Industry and is co-hosted by Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Marie Selby Botanical Gardens and Bok Tower Gardens. Special thanks to FDEP staff for agreeing to provide the field trips: Rosalind Rowe, Kathryn Smithson, Terrence Torvund, Mike Stanfield and Jon Meyer.