On November 18th the University of Florida IFAS, Hillsborough County Extension and the Tampa Bay Watershed Forest Working Group will present 'The Uncertain Future of Florida's State Tree – Sabal Palm and Texas Phoenix Palm Decline'.
While an update will be given on TPPD research and spread in Florida, the disease is
the driver and not the sole focus of this meeting. We will be outlining existing ecological, ecological and economic information on cabbage palm while also focusing the idenfication of gaps in our knowledge of this significant and iconic member of our forest ecosystems and urban centers. Here are the main goals we hope to achieve:
1. Showcase the importance of Sabal palmetto
2. Identify knowledge gaps
3. Recognize threats
4. Encourage researchers to pursue further study
5. Create a focal point or clearinghouse for Sabal palmetto research and collaboration.
Bottom line question: If Sabal palms disappear from the landscape, what are the implications? (ecology, wildlife, hydrology, economic, cultural)
The full agenda can be found on the web site listed below.
We hope that you can participate ... Rob
University of Florida/ Hillsborough Co. Extension
5339 County Road 579
Seffner, Florida 33584
Value the Individual - Enrich the Community - Restore the Forest