July Meeting

Wednesday, July 15,  On-Line Meeting, 6:30 pm

Joint Meeting with Suncoast, Tampa Audubon and Sierra Club Tampa Bay

Wed, July 15, 2020 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM (EDT) 
Valerie Anderson, FNPS

July Suncoast FNPS/Audubon/Sierra Meeting
Wed, Jul 15, 2020 6:30 PM  (EDT) 


 At 6:30, there will be announcements from the leaders of the 3 groups.

7:00 the program will start and run for about an hour with time for questions 


This is an online meeting.  We will send you a link the day before the meeting.  It will also be posted on our website:

We will be back with in-person meetings as soon as our venues are open and safe.

July 15, 7:00 pm

Split Oak Forest Wildlife and Environmental Area is a shining example of the successes of Florida’s Preservation 2000 land protection program. Restored via mitigation funding and managed by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission for twenty-six years, Split Oak Forest boasts a wide palette of native plants, including endemics such as Rugel’s Hoarypea, Tephrosia rugellii, and Florida Feathershank, Schoenocaulon dubium, and enough scrub to support a population of Florida Scrub Jays. Its scrubby flatwoods are so good, they’re an FNAI reference site.

The property is layered over with conservation easements, has received hundreds of gopher tortoises from development sites, and is protected by the grant award agreement deed restrictions held by the Florida Communities Trust, a division of the Department of Environmental Protection.

Its  backwoods-style trails in the midst of booming development attract loads of hikers, botanizers, birders, horseback riders, and geocachers. The parking lot overflows every weekend with cars and the pandemic has only increased its popularity.

What is a haven for FNPS members is also the perfect target for a new toll road. Learn from our mistakes and successes in our long-term battle to protect already-protected county-owned and state-managed conservation land as y’all face the spectre of M-CORES.

Valerie Anderson is the President of Friends of Split Oak Forest and the Director of Communications and Programming of the Florida Native Plant Society. She has a degree in horticulture and a degree in maps. Her main life goal is to prevent the Central Florida Expressway Authority from building a new toll road in her thesis site, Split Oak Forest. In her very minimal spare time she botanizes, swims, does yoga, and argues with people on facebook.

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We will be back with in-person meetings as soon as our venues are open and safe.


Header Image:  Marsh by Shirley Denton