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The Long Island Native Plant Initiative, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.Your tax-deductible donation will allow us to continue our mission of preserving the biodiversity of Long Island native plants. Please donate today! Please make your check payable to LINPI, Inc.
and mail to:

LINPI, Inc.
P.O. Box 1279
Hampton Bays, NY 11946

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LINPI Calendar of Events - 2014

Volunteer Days:

LINPI realizes its mission as a non profit organization with the help of talented and motivated volunteers. Throughout the year, LINPI will make numerous volunteer activities available helping us advance our efforts to produce locally sourced plant materials for Long Island's nursery and landscape industry as well as the general public.  Volunteering is a mutually beneficial endeavor; LINPI receives the help we need to advance our goals and our volunteers are afforded an opportunity to advance their knowledge of native plants and plant propagation.

Please join us!  The volunteer opportunities for Spring are:

           9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.            

March 29                               May  3

April 5                                   May 10

April 12                                 May 17

April 19                                 May 24

April 26                                 May 31

SCC-Riverhead Campus Greenhouse Riverhead, NY 

Please RSVP at info@LINPI.org

Native Plant Sale:

By Appointment (info@LINPI.org)  or

June 6 & 7 and June 13 & 14, 2014

SCC-Riverhead Campus Greenhouse  Riverhead, NY 

Board Meetings (Open to the Public)

April 8, 2014

History

Long Island is a diverse mosaic of maritime grasslands, pitch pine, oak and beech forests, rivers, streams, tidal marshes, bluffs and beaches that are fragmented by human development. A decline in local biodiversity continues as natural habitats are further encroached upon by more development, agriculture and invasive species.

Conserving biodiversity has long focused on habitat and species. But the importance of protecting genetic biodiversity is gaining momentum. It is possible to obtain seeds for plant species that grow on Long Island, but the genetic basis of these plants is usually not local (e.g., switchgrass seed from Wisconsin). There was limited and, in most cases, no available local sources of grasses, forbs, shrubs and trees of the local genotypes for use in grassland restoration, nursery propagation or landscaping projects.

The Long Island Native Plant Initiative (LINPI) was established in 2011 to make available local genotype plant material that is better adapted to Long Island’s unique environmental and cultural conditions. LINPI is a volunteer cooperative effort of over 30 non-profit organizations, governmental agencies, nursery professionals and citizens working together to preserve biodiversity and ecosystem function on Long Island by providing commercial sources of genetically appropriate local (ecotypic) plant materials for use in nursery, landscaping and habitat restoration activities.