When: Wednesday, July 1, 2009 at 12:00 PM
Where: Fairchild's Garden House
Conservation Presentations in the Garden House at noon on July 1, 2009.
Joe Maguire and Dr. Alicie Warren of Natural Areas Management, will discuss the Miami-Dade County Parks and Open Space Master Plan. The Parks and Open Space Master Plan envisions that great parks, public spaces, natural and cultural areas, streets, greenways, blueways, and trails can form the framework for a more livable and sustainable community. Such a plan for the public realm cannot be considered as an isolated system, but one that is integrated into the overall fabric of the community and one that will create the kind of place and community where residents want to live; employers want to do business and tourists want to visit. The goal of this Master Planning process is to “create a seamless, sustainable system of parks, recreation and conservation open spaces for this and future generations.”
Dr. Joyce Maschinski, Fairchild’s Conservation Ecologist, will follow with a presentation about “A Happy Coincidence: The Link between The Parks and Open Space Master Plan and the Connect to Protect Network.” To help preserve and strengthen our remaining pine rocklands and to increase the numbers of pine rockland plants growing in Miami-Dade County, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden launched the Connect to Protect Network with funding from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Our objective is to create corridors and "stepping stones" to connect isolated pine rockland remnants and restore existing parcels to improve forest health. These corridors will serve to increase the probability that bees, butterflies, and birds can find and transport seeds and pollen across developed areas. Public and privately-owned pine rockland parcels may become part of the network. Degraded parcels will be restored and planted with native pine rockland species. It is our hope that the interchange of seeds and pollen will improve gene flow and the likelihood that these species will persist over the long term. Threatened and endangered species planted in corridors will have increased numbers and reduced extinction risk. Come and learn how you can participate in the Connect to Protect Network.