Native Florida Landscapes evolved from an earlier environmental consulting firm,
Botanical Systems, that was established in 1995. Since then, the principal scientist
has been Don Spence.
Don is a Certified Arborist/Municipal Specialist (Fl-1341) who has a PhD in Plant Pathology from University of Florida, a M.S. in Biology from the University of Central Florida, and a B.S. in Biology from Stetson University.
Don owns Native Florida Landscapes, LLC and has been specializing in
the health assessment of Florida plant communities, home landscapes and trees and
wetland delineation for 12 years. Don also works part time for the City of Flagler Beach
where he reviews environmental permits, teaches Botany and Biology at Daytona
Beach Community College and is on the Florida Native Plant Society Board of
Directors. Don is also a veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard and a native of Daytona
Don has worked for Bowyer-Singleton & Associates, BCI Engineers & Scientists, and
currently holds the position of Senior Scientist with Dredging and Marine Consultants.
Don believes in the power of cooperation and the importance of good science to
develop and complete projects.
Don has been the President and Director of the Volusia/Flagler Native Plant Society,
Vice President of Administration on the Executive Board of the statewide Native Plant
Society, the 2006 Chair of the FNPS Annual Meeting and was a past member of the
Volusia County Code Enforcement Board.
International Society of Arboriculture
Professional Grounds Maintenance Society
Biology Graduate Student Association; Founding Member, University of Central Florida
Florida Native Plant Society, Board of Directors
Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council
Florida Trail Association
The Surfrider Foundation
Former member of the Volusia County Code Enforcement Board
Native Florida Landscapes, LLC
Most trees and shrubs in cities or
communities are planted to
provide beauty or shade. These
are two excellent reasons for their
use. Woody plants also serve
many other purposes, and it often
is helpful to consider these other
functions when selecting a tree or
shrub for the landscape. The
benefits of trees can be grouped
into social, communal,
environmental, and economic
Trees are often the cultural glue
that help identify a community and
they are a major component of
ecological health. The value of
native trees to migratory and
resident bird and butterfly
populations is tremendous and
should not be overlooked.
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