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Remove Invasive Plants to enhance habitat at Polk County's Crooked Lake Preserve (2/16/2019)
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Remove Invasive Plants to enhance habitat at Polk County's Crooked Lake Preserve (2/16/2019)

Help restore Polk County’s Crooked Lake Preserve by removal invasive Natal Grass. This grass will out-compete native vegetation and take over a habitat, taking away food and homes from native wildlife.

2/16/2019
When: Saturday, February 16, 2019
From 8 AM to noon
Where: Crooked Lake Sandhill Preserve
1011 Hollister Road
Babson Park, Florida  33827
United States
Contact: Andrew Scarbrough
863-534-7377


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Help restore Polk County’s Crooked Lake Preserve by removal invasive Natal Grass.

This grass will out-compete native vegetation and take over a habitat, taking away food and homes from native wildlife.


Please wear sturdy footwear, long pants, long sleeves, and a hat.

Please also bring your work gloves and hiker’s water bottle or similar with drinking water.


Meet at the northeast corner of the property

See address and map above. 


This workday will be led by Polk County's Andrew Scarbrough

Contact information above


About Crooked Lake Sandhill Preserve

You'll be sure to enjoy the self-guided trail through a magnificent savanna and an open, airy, pine forest that makes up the endangered sandhill ecosystem. At one point you're 215 feet above sea level with a spectacular view of Crooked Lake, and at another you've dropped off steeply into the depression of an old sinkhole. You can almost always find wildflowers in bloom, with fall being the most colorful time of year.

Owned and managed by Polk County through their Environmental Lands Program, this site was acquired in January 1999 as one of several natural areas purchased to protect important habitat within Polk County. Crooked Lake Sandhill is one of the best remaining examples of the sandhill ecosystem in Polk County. At only 25 acres, this site shelters an impressive number of rare species. The property appears to have escaped logging and is considered "old growth," with some trees thought to be 200 years old.

Learn more at http://polknature.com/explore/crooked-lake-sandhill