Ros-Lehtinen Co-Leads Bill To Promote The Use Of South Florida’s Native Plant Species

Feb 14, 2017

Ros-Lehtinen Co-Leads Bill To Promote The Use Of South Florida’s Native Plant Species

“Introducing this bill with my colleague, Mike, is a positive step in ensuring the preservation, conservation, and restoration of the native species that characterize our communities and nation. We have a responsibility to help maintain a healthy and sound ecosystem that we can all be proud of.”

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R – FL) made the following statement after introducing the Botanical Sciences and Native Plants Act with U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley (D – IL). This bill would allow federal departments and buildings to utilize native plants in landscaping, land management, and restoration programs, in addition to establishing new grant programs to help conserve native plant populations from threats including invasive species. The bill language has support from over 40 local and national organizations including the following from South Florida: Florida Native Plant Society, Florida Association of Native Nurseries, The Institute for Regional Conservation.

Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:

“From the Silver Palmetto to the Beach Sunflower, South Florida is home to a diverse group of native plants, many that are unique to our tropical climate and growing conditions.  Introducing this bill with my colleague, Mike, is a positive step in ensuring the preservation, conservation, and restoration of the native species that characterize our communities and nation. We have a responsibility to help maintain a healthy and sound ecosystem that we can all be proud of. I’m glad that this bill will also encourage young people to enter careers in botanical science.”

 

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