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The sandhills of Hernando County are showy in fall in the Croom Tract of the Withlacoochee State Forest. Florida paintbrush (Carphephorus corymbosus) help paint the scene.

It's natural to love Hernando County

The Hernando Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society shares information with citizens who are interested in learning about Florida's native plants, their ecosystems, and all aspects of biological diversity.

Together, we learn how landscaping with native plants has a minimal affect on the environment. By using native plants, chemicals are eliminated, maintenance is reduced, water is conserved, and habitat is provided for wildlife.

Plant enthusiasts become acquainted with plant species that make their home in Hernando, and the types of conditions they prefer. Whether you best appreciate these plants in the natural landscape or the home landscape, we know you'll enjoy the Society.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Get to know us,
get to know your county

Our meetings are held the first Monday of the month at 6:30 p.m. At each meeting we discuss native plants and native plant ecosystems. Subjects range from hummingbird gardening to black bear habitat.

Each meeting has delicious snacks, and friendly company, native plants on display, and an information table. Please join us for a meeting.


Monday, August 1, 2022, 6:30 PM
Monthly Meeting and Public Program
IN PERSON! UF/IFAS Extension Office
16110 Aviation Loop Dr, Brooksville, FL 34604

Critters of the Coast

by Brittany Hall-Scharf, Hernando County Sea Grant Agent, UF/IFAS Extension


In Hernando, our coastal habitats are shaped by a unique mix of geography and spring-fed riverine systems that include part of the largest contiguous seagrass meadow in the Gulf of Mexico. Since 2020, much of the county’s shoreline became part of the Nature Coast Aquatic Preserve.


Florida Sea Grant is a university-based program that supports research, education and extension to conserve coastal resources and enhance economic opportunities for the people of Florida. Our speaker, Brittany Hall-Scharf, is the marine extension agent within the UF/IFAS Extension Office in Hernando County. Her program will focus on the critters that call Hernando's coastline home and what can be done to ensure that they thrive in the future.



About our Speaker: Brittany is a Florida native, working as Hernando County's Florida Sea Grant Agent with the UF/IFAS Extension Office. She works on many coastal and marine programs within her extension role to address fisheries, habitats, water quality, and sustainable economic resource activities.


Formerly, Brittany was a fisheries biologist for the FFWC's Fish and Wildlife Research Institute. She holds a BS in Biological Science and a Coastal and Marine Science Resources Certificate from FSU, and a MS in Biological Oceanography from USF. She is a current Ph.D. student at the UF/IFAS Tropical Aquaculture Lab where she incorporates acoustic telemetry, controlled temperature experiments, and cooperative extension to further investigate how the Common Snook, Centropomus undecimalis, utilizes habitats along Florida's Springs Coast.


Related Resources:

Florida Sea Grant's Marine and Coastal Extension and Education – https://flseagrant.ifas.ufl.edu/

Nature Coast Aquatic Preserve – https://floridadep.gov/NatureCoastAP

Chassahowitzka River and Coastal Swamps

https://www.swfwmd.state.fl.us/recreation/chassahowitzka-river-and-coastal-swamps

Join us in the field

We also offer guided field trips to help celebration the natural beauty that is Hernando County. We hope you'll decide to join in!

Embrace the Mission

Preserve

Hernando County is home to a wide variety of natural areas from coastal scrub to the sandhills of the Brooksville Ridge to the cypress swamps of the Withlacoochee. Our fieldtrips explore the diversity of our landscapes and their habitats.

Conserve

Through research and advocacy the Society seeks to ensure that natural landscapes are set aside to protect native plants and their habitats. Join us as we speak out for native plants and the wildlife that depends on them.

Restore

Returning Florida's native plants to the human landscape is a critical action for increasing biodiversity and protecting pollinators and other wildlife. Our planting projects help point the way.

Black-eyed Susans (Rudbeckia hirta) are among the favorite species featured at the Spring native plant sale.