The Florida Plant Conservation Program (FPCP) originated in 1992 to work toward the recovery of federally listed endangered and threatened plant species in Florida. The goal of the program is to restore and maintain existing populations of listed plants on public lands and on private lands managed for conservation purposes. In this presentation, biologist Michael Jenkins covers the work being conducted by the FPCP to conserve rare plants, current grant projects, and funding opportunities for conserving federally listed and “At-Risk” plants in Florida.
Michael Jenkins is the Florida Plant Conservation Program Biologist. Originally from Ohio, he earned a bachelor’s degree in field ecology from Prescott College, Arizona. He has worked with federal, state and local organizations, as well as private and volunteer organizations, mapping, managing and monitoring the amazing biodiversity in several areas of the country. In Florida, he has worked statewide with the FDEP’s Bureau of Invasive Species Management (now FWC’s Invasive Upland Invasive Exotic Plant Management Program), Florida Park Service, private consultants, volunteer groups, and Florida Natural Areas Inventory. He now works with the Florida Forest Service’s Florida Statewide Endangered and Threatened Plant Conservation Program that provides grants to help recover federally listed plants in Florida.