LARGO – The public is invited to the annual "Holiday Conservation Celebration" sponsored by the Pinellas Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society Wednesday, Dec. 5, 6:30 to 9 p.m., at Pinellas County Extension, 12520 Ulmerton Road.
Sponsored by the Pinellas Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society, the free event will feature educational exhibits by local environmental organizations, festive refreshments, a silent auction of nature-themed items and a special presentation titled Today’s Preserves Tomorrow on the future of conservation lands in Florida by Kevin Love.
Love is the vice chair of the FNPS Land Partners Committee and serves as the FNPS liaison to the Southwest Florida Water Management District. He worked in the land management section of SWFWMD for 35 years, the last 25 as land manager. Love was responsible for the management of more than 350,000 acres of preserves in west central Florida, including prescribed burning, restoration, exotics control, timber management, use and management planning and public use administration. He retired in February 2012 and now serves as director of land management with Wildland Resources Inc.