We will use hand tools, brush cutters and (for those qualified) chainsaws to clear vegetation and debris from drainage areas at Highlands Hammock State Park to help promote healthy water flow through the area. These debris were brought down during hurricane Irma. This project will help to ensure some areas of the park are not flooded during the rainy season while others receive adequate water. Projects like this one ensure the hammock habitat remains well-drained to protect the hardwood trees and other vegetation that make it unique.
We will be working in under-story brush along a drainage area that may have some standing water. There may be poison ivy at this site so be sure to wear protective clothing and gloves.
Please bring work gloves, water bottles and wear long pants and boots. There will be plenty of cold water.
We will meet at the overflow parking lot past the ranger station just before the camp ground.
Here's a photo of one of the many uniquely beautiful Florida sights along the boardwalk within the park.
You're welcome to stay after the event to enjoy Highlands Hammock.
Meeting Location: When you enter the park, ask the attendant to direct you to the picnic area parking. It is along the main road straight back from the entrance. We will be working near the roadside north of the parking area.
Take US 27 towards Sebring and the southwest corner of Lake Jackson. At the corner of US 27 and Hammock Road, turn west on Hammock Road. (Hammock Road is between the Gates service station on the north and Inn on the Lakes to the south.) Follow Hammock Road 3.9 miles into the state park.