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LINPI’s Fourth Native Plant Symposium
November 17, 2017 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm$75
The Long Island Native Plant Initiative (LINPI) will hold its Fourth Native Plant Symposium,“Flora for Fauna” on Nov. 17 at Farmingdale State College.
The topic of this year’s symposium, “Flora for Fauna,” highlights the critical foundation that regional flora provides to unique and dependent fauna in order to protect and enhance the habitat, ecological function, and biodiversity of our communities.
The keynote speaker will be Mr. Arthur Haines, Director of the Delta Institute of Natural History and author of the “New England Wildflower Society’s Flora Novae Angliae: A Manual for the Identification of Native and Naturalized Higher Vascular Plants of New England”, the region’s newest and updated floristic taxonomic reference.
As one of the northeast’s most accomplished research botanists, with a background in wildlife management and human ecology, Mr. Haines will set the foundation of the day’s events by highlighting how regional plants and human culture are strongly interconnected and interdependent.
The fully packed day of educational programming will continue with presentations on habitat restoration for highways, grasslands and biodiversity in the built landscape. There will also be talks on pollinators, plants for birds, grassland restoration and the importance of using native ecotypes.
“Such visionary programs and resources provided by LINPI, come at a critical time when our natural resources and native habitats dwindle and the last of our available open spaces become developed” shared Polly Weigand, LINPI Executive Director “improving biodiversity, supporting local wildlife populations, and keeping the native ecosystems upon which we depend healthy and thriving, is incumbent upon the focused use of ecotypic plant and seed resources.”
Rusty Schmidt, LINPI President, adds “LINPI’s goal, as it has been with all of our symposiums, is to bring together top native plant professionals to share their vision, leadership, and experience related to “Flora for Fauna,” to help stimulate the needed supply and drive the required demand of ecotypic native plants, in order to further the production and availability of the region’s most ecologically adapted and environmentally beneficial native plant materials while supporting the local horticultural industry and gardening culture.” More information and registration is online at www.linpi.org.