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Remove Balsam Apple for Habitat Restoration (Carter Creek, 5/18/2019)
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Remove Balsam Apple for Habitat Restoration (Carter Creek,  5/18/2019)

Remove balsam apple for habitat restoration.

When: 8:00 AM
Where: FWC Carter Creek - Main Parking Area - Gate 1
4603 Riverdale Road
Avon Park, Florida  33825
United States
Contact: Tessie Offner
863 699 3742

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Remove balsam apple for habitat restoration

 balsam apple, balsam pear

The balsam apple, also known as bitter melon, is a vine native to Asia. It is used medicinally and it's cucumber-like fruit is used in regional cuisine. Invasive in Florida, it can form dense thickets, crowding out native plats and competing with them for groundwater resources. 


We will meet at the main parking lot and drive to the work site location from there.


Please wear sturdy footwear, long pants, long sleeves, and a hat. Please bring a  hiker’s water bottle or similar.

 We’ll have plenty of cold drinking and all the items needed.

So we can plan properly, please let us know that you're coming by registering on this webpage (see button at top).

The FWC Carter Creek Unit is part of the Lake Wales Ridge Wildlife and Environmental Area. The most distinctive natural community on the Lake Wales Ridge is scrub, home to one of the rarest collections of plants and animals in the world. Healthy scrub has the appearance of a miniature forest with trees seldom taller than 10 feet and open patches of sand. The WEA contains 20 of 22 federally listed plant species known to occur on the Lake Wales Ridge.