George Gann

George Gann

Institute for Regional Conservation
Executive Director

Ecologist, Nonprofit Leader

30+ years of experience in native plant community conservation and restoration

George cofounded the Institute for Regional Conservation (IRC) in 1984, and in 1986, founded Ecohorizons, a private environmental consulting and contracting firm. George has personally conducted extensive field research and managed large, multi-faceted research and conservation projects such as the Floristic Inventory for South Florida (FISF), Rare Plant Monitoring and Restoration on Long Pine Key (Everglades National Park), and Natives For Your Neighborhood, a web-based resource for native plant gardening and restoration in urban and suburban areas. He serves as the International Policy Lead for the Society for Ecological Restoration. George has published more than 100 articles, technical reports, websites, and the book Rare Plants of South Florida: Their History, Conservation, and Restoration (Gann, Bradley and Woodmansee 2002), to numerous positive reviews from peers and the journal Ecological Restoration. The FISF Database Online and other IRC online resources are widely used by academia, land managers, and botany enthusiasts. Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Conservation and International Affairs, University of Colorado Boulder. George has received numerous awards for his work, most recently he received the first grant award through the National Geographic Explorer Photo Ark Species Impact Initiative, for pine rockland habitat restoration to recover the federally endangered Miami tiger beetle and Bartram’s scrub-hairstreak butterfly.

2035: What Will our South Florida Landscapes Look Like?


BRAND NEW SESSION Looking ahead to climate change and our use of native plants – what will our South Florida landscape look like in 2035? What should they look like? This panel session, with two leading scientists and the Garden’s own VP of Conservation, presents scientific data and ecologically-based guidelines that can help inform Florida […]

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