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Torpedo Grass Strike Force at Royce's Restoration Unit (Dec 11, 2019)
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Torpedo Grass Strike Force at Royce's Restoration Unit (Dec 11, 2019)

We will be hand pulling or using a wet-glove technique to remove torpedo grass rhizomes and runners from the site of the ground cover restoration area.

12/11/2019
When: December 11, 2019
From 9 AM to around 11 am
Where: FWC Royce Unit - GCR
1280 Royce Ranch Avenue
Lake Placid, Florida  33852
United States
Contact: Tessie Offner
863 699 3742


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We’ll be targeting torpedo grass for removal on the ground cover restoration site (GCR) that was planted earlier this year. Torpedo grass is a fast growing invasive grass that can create a monoculture, shading out the new plantings and competing for resources. 

Area biologists have been conducting targeted chemical treatments of torpedo grass on this site. Hand pulling or using targeted wet-glove methods around new and established native plants will enhance efforts to remove torpedo grass from the site. Controlling torpedo grass takes repeated and persistent treatments at the site of infestation.


Please wear sturdy footwear, long pants, long sleeves (or a T with sunscreen), and a hat. Please bring your work gloves and hiker’s water bottle or similar.

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

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


Directions to FWC Royce Unit

From the corner of US 27 and CR 621 in Lake Placid, go east on CR 621 1.7 miles to Hallmark Ave. on the left.  Turn left on Hallmark.  After 3.6 miles the road makes a sharp left and sharp right and changes names to Royce Ranch Ave.  After a total of 5.0 miles on Hallmark / Royce Ranch Ave, Royce Ranch is on the left. You will see a tall, white irrigation tower along the fence, and the gate is just beyond it. You will be able to park along the side of the road in this area. 


  

This workday is part of Project Acorn ... a multiyear effort by the Ridge Rangers to gather and pot scrub-oak acorns, maintain the sprouts, and plant the resulting baby oaks in damaged scrub oak habitat on the Lake Wales Ridge.


The FWC Royce 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.