Resolutions paint Florida green
Would you like to see more roadside wildflowers in your county? In 2009, a model county resolution was developed by Foundation members Eleanor Dietrich and Jeff Caster for just this purpose. It recognizes the historical, environmental and cultural significance of Florida wildflowers and pledges to conserve roadside wildflowers through management practices such as reduced mowing.
Wakulla County led the way by enacting a county policy to preserve roadside wildflowers. Soon afterward, various versions of the resolution were adopted by Gadsden, Leon, Lake, Marion, Brevard and Volusia counties. Click on each county to learn how this effort was implemented and who led it. Use this information to bring the resolution to your own county.
Getting the job done in St. Lucie County: Joanna Huffman (left), Ken Gioeli, Bill Benton (St. Lucie Florida Master Naturalist president), Marcia Kopp and Mary White (FMNP Vice President).
On the map, click on a green county's name to see how the resolution was adopted there. Contact those who led the effort to learn more.
Team with a resident or organization that has ties with a county commissioner who supports environmental issues. If possible, organize a group effort by asking for help from Florida Wildflower Foundation members and local FNPS chapters, as well as from Audubon and Sierra Club chapters; garden clubs; civic organizations, and homeowners associations. Ask for letters of support from those organizations.
After getting a commissioner’s support, work with the county public works staff members to get their backing. Ask their advice about the best way to proceed, including the resolution’s final wording, scheduling the presentation and securing the commission’s vote.
Download the model county resolution and model PowerPoint presentation (4.4 MB). Modify the presentation with wildflower photos from your county. Contact Foundation board member Jeff Caster (850-414-5267) for pointers on making the presentation.
Work with the county public works department to identify county, state and federal roads with showy stands of wildflowers. Ask your county’s roadside maintenance supervisor and your county’s FDOT maintenance representatives (state, federal roads) for advice about altering mowing practices to allow wildflowers to flourish naturally.
Develop a follow-up plan. The adoption of a county wildflower resolution is only the first step in conserving roadside wildflowers. Organize periodic followups with county staff and issue reports on efforts. Sketch out a plan that includes publicity (newspapers, blogs), distribution of photos and educational materials, and site monitoring.