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Dear Florida: I Love Honeymoon Island’s North Beach

By Linda TheuhaftPalm Harbor, FL I love to be at North Beach because the rocky coastline keeps many people away, and it’s usually pretty quiet except for the rushing sound of the water and the seagulls’ cries. Other waterfowl wander around, as well. I can spend several hours there, reading,

Lady Lupines of Florida

By Mark TancigBontanist, FCV Contributor Early spring is a great time to be out visiting natural areas in Florida. Not only is the temperature and humidity bearable, but there are many eye-catching wildflowers in bloom. One of the most stunning displays of color are the native Lupines. Lupines, or bluebonnets

Florida’s Gems are Under Threat

Florida’s natural areas (what we call Gems) face ever-increasing threats from rampant development, water pollution, and climate change, but investments in conservation and management can ensure healthy natural areas and communities for years to come. According to the Florida Chamber of Commerce, Florida welcomes nearly 1,000 new residents every day.

Florida’s Natural Gems: Lake Wales Ridge

Lake Wales Ridge is one of the most biodiverse areas in North America – and also one of the most threatened. Consisting of numerous sites, the Lake Wales Ridge Ecosystem project includes the best remaining tracts of natural scrub. The Lake Wales Ridge Florida Forever project includes a total of