|Despite Governor Brown's pleas to conserve during the|
ongoing severe drought, California's water use continues to rise.
It’s too bad it takes an event as drastic as a drought to bring attention to the benefits of native plants, but once people realize the rewards to wildlife and the state’s water system, it becomes obvious, both in California and Florida. Hopefully California will learn and adapt to their climate and 20 years from now will “look” like an arid landscape should look.
|Property surrounded by desert in Palm Springs. The state's current|
landscape norms face an uncertain future as severe water shortages
have prompted a mandated a 25% reduction in non-ag water use.
Photo credit: Damon Winter/The New York Times
What can we learn from California? Don’t wait for a crisis to change our concept of what is beautiful. We must be actively promoting and speaking out.
For the first time since 2007, FNPS is poised to top the 3,000 mark in membership. This is a monumental point in our growth which was diminished by the drop in the US economy.
Because of the graceful stewardship of Jonnie Spitler, FNPS now has a very capable Membership Chair who is uniting and supporting all the chapter chairs. We have a new FNPS brochure on the way to the publishers, smaller chapters are getting support and membership is growing.
|This home in California's Yucca Valley is surrounded by native plants.|
Hopefully more people will recognize its beauty as well as its functionality
and enviro-conscious appeal.
Over the next few months, FNPS is poised to surpass our all-time high of 3145 members. This is not the end of our goal but merely the beginning.
Heather Cooley, water program director for the Pacific Institute, an environmental research group based in Oakland said, “This will change what Californians see as beautiful”. Let’s not wait for a drought or dried lakes and streams or murky springs to change what Floridians see as beautiful.