Remove balsam apple for habitat restoration and cookout!
We are making great progress on tackling this problematic invasive along the edge of Carter Creek. Lets keep up the effort! We will be hand-pulling balsam apple to prevent it's continued spread into the natural areas.
Afterwards we will meet in the parking area for a cookout. I will provide hot dogs, buns, a grill, a cooler and apple cider. Please bring a side if you plan to stay!
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.
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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.