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Sand Pine Reduction to Help Rare Species - Lake McLeod Tract of LWR-NWR (1/20/2018)

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Sand Pine Reduction to Help Rare Species - Lake McLeod Tract of LWR-NWR (1/20/2018)

We'll be doing sand pine reduction at the Lake McLeod Site of the Lake Wales Ridge National Wildlife Refuge. This effort will help rare plant species by giving them more sunlight and open area.

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When: 8:00 AM
Where: USFWS Lake Wales Ridge National Wildlife Refuge - Lake McLeod Tract
Aproximately 627 Gerber Dairy Road
Wahneta, Florida  33880
United States
Contact: Bill Parken
863 699 3742


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Help rare and endangered plant species by cutting down intruding sand pines.

This effort will help rare plant species by giving them more sunlight and open area.

 

Lake McLeod Tract - Lake Wales Ridge National Wildlife Refuge 

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service


 We’ll be using hand saws, sawsalls, and chainsaws (for qualified Ridge Rangers)


Sand pines in the target area at LWR-NWR Lake McLeod


 Meet at the entrance to Lake McLeod on Gerber Dairy Road

on the east side of Gerber Dairy Road, just north of Cuthone Road

Approximately 637-727 Gerber Dairy Road, Wahneta, FL 33880

 

See the colored marker in this zoomable Google Map: https://goo.gl/maps/7TzQ6tjddSo

 


The Lake Wales Ridge National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1993 as the first Refuge designated for the recovery of endangered and threatened plants.  The Refuge contains 23 listed plants, at least four listed animals, and more than 40 endemic invertebrates.  The Refuge is part of a network of scrub preserves owned by the state of Florida, The Nature Conservancy, Archbold Biological Station, two water management districts and Polk and Highland Counties.

The refuge is composed of four tracts within Polk and Highlands Counties.  Because of the potential impact to the plants and animals, the refuge has not been opened to the public.  However, this Refuge is an exciting place where researchers from Archbold Biological Station have conducted important ecological studies.  Per acre, the Refuge has a very high density of listed species. 

The Refuge is exciting because it contains prime examples of several highly imperiled ecosystems, including Florida scrub and sandhill, as well as over half of the federally listed plant species endemic to the Lake Wales Ridge. Each of the four tracts comprising the Refuge has its own particular merits and value:

  • Carter Creek is an excellent example of endemic-rich Lake Wales Ridge sandhill, with nine listed plants; it contains one of only a dozen populations of Florida ziziphus, one of the rarest and most endangered plants in the state;
  • Flamingo Villas has 10 listed species and is the only protected populations of Garrett’s scrub balm, a woody mint known only from Highlands County;
  • Lake McLeod has 11 listed plants and is the only protected site for scrub lupine, another extremely rare plant; and,
  • Snell Creek contains one of the last remaining tracts of undisturbed sandhill in northern Polk County.

 

See https://www.fws.gov/lakewalesridge/ for more.