announces the

4th LINPI Native Plant Symposium

"Flora for Fauna"

November 17, 2017

Farmingdale State College

Farmingdale, NY

 As our natural resources and native habitats dwindle, and the last of our available open spaces become developed, it is incumbent upon landowners, businesses, municipalities, and the public to collectively provide both the stewardship and the habitat that local native fauna require to improve biodiversity, support local wildlife populations, and keep the native ecosystems upon which we depend healthy and thriving. The production and incorporation of ecotypic (genetically) native plants into our regional landscape requires dedication to this progressive effort and many partners.  The 4th LINPI Native Plant Symposium, “Flora for Fauna” brings together top plant, restoration, and wildlife professionals to share their vision, leadership and expertise at this one day educational event, to encourage the use and stimulate a commerical supply of ecotypic flora for the benefit of regional fauna. 

LINPI brings together top native plant professionals to share their vision, leadership, and experience related to “Flora for Fauna” to help stimulate the supply and as well as drive the demand of ecotypic native plants, thereby directly supporting and furthering your organizational goals.


Keynote speaker is Mr. Arthur Haines, author of the New England Wildflower Society’s Flora Novae Angliae the region’s newest and updated floristic taxonomic reference.



Friday, November 17, 2017 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM EST
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Roosevelt Hall, Farmingdale State College, 
2350 Broadhollow Road
Roosevelt Hall
Farmingdale, NY 11735

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Event Agenda

8:00 a.m.        Sign-in, Refreshments, Educational Exhibits

8:45 a.m.        Welcome 

9:00 a.m.        Flora for Fauna
Arthur Haines, Research Botanist, New England Wild Flower Society;
Director, the Delta Institute of Natural History; Data Overseer, Go Botany website;
Author of the new flora, “Flora Novae Angliae”, Camden, ME.

10:15 a.m.       Coffee Break - Visit Exhibitors

10:30 a.m.       Native Cultivars and Their Impact on Native Flora and Fauna
Rusty Schmidt, Landscape Ecologist, Nelson Pope and Voorhis; Melville, NY.
President, Long Island Native Plant Initiative, Hampton Bays, NY.
Adjunct Professor, Horticulture Department, Farmingdale State College, Farmindale, NY.

11:00 a.m.      Enhancing Highways: Lessons from the Roadside
Dr. Susan Barton, Professor and Extension Specialist, Plant and Soil Sciences Department University of Delaware, Newark, DE.

11:45 a.m. Tough Plants for Tough Places: Improving Biodiversity in the Built Landscape
Michael Butts, Foundation & Bulk Seed Manager, Greenbelt Native Plant Center,
NYC Parks Department, Staten Island, NY.

12:30 p.m.    Lunch (provided) and Trade Show 
1:30 p.m. Audubon's Plants for Birds: Plant It and They Will Come
Tod Winston, Program Manager, Plants for Birds, National Audubon, New York, NY.
 2:15 p.m. Invertebrate Dynamics and Pollinator Presence in Urban Plantings
Dr. Anand Persad, Researcher/Lecturer and Manager of Arboriculture and Plant Sciences, Davey Research Institute, Kent, OH.

3:00 p.m. Coffee Break - Visit Exhibits

3:15 p.m. Lessons Learned: Grassland Restoration and Management in the Atlantic Coastal Plain
 Polly Weigand, Executive Director, Long Island Native Plant Initiative, Hampton Bays, NY.
 Ecologist, Central Pine Barrens Joint Planning and Policy Commission, Westhampton Beach, NY.

 4:15 p.m.    CEUs Distribution