Join Florida Forest Service staff in helping to restore an area of sandhill and scrub at the Walk-in-Water tract of Lake Wales Ridge State Forest. The area we will be working in is overgrown with shrubby oak species, crowding out threatened and endangered plant species in the area and preventing fire from successfully carrying into the unit.
The threatened and endangered plants include: Florida Bonamia, Scrub pigeon-wing, Scrub buckwheat, Papery nailwort, Lewton’s milkwort, and Scrub Plum
Work will focus on chainsawing and brushcutting these oaks while FFS staff will follow behind volunteers, herbiciding cut stumps.
Where we'll be working (left), and Scrub Pigeon Wing (right).
We'll be using hand saws, loppers, sawsalls, brushcutters, and chainsaws (for qualified Ridge Rangers) to cut down the unwanted vegetation.
Please wear sturdy shoes and dress for working in brush. Also please bring your work gloves and a hiker’s water bottle or similar. We’ll have plenty of cold drinking water and all the tools needed.
We'll be meeting at the Florida Forest Service Office on County Road 630 (near Frostproof) and then moving to the work area in state vehicles.
The Forest Service Office is located at the colored marker in this Google Map: https://goo.gl/maps/vQqSeJvptWM2
The Walk-in-Water tract is part of the Lake Wales Ridge State Forest, which consists of four separate tracts that contain outstanding examples of naturally functioning ecosystems. Since 1984, portions of the forest have been purchased with Florida's Conservation and Recreation Lands (CARL) program funds. The forest is managed for multiple uses, including outdoor recreation, protection of endangered and threatened species, and maintenance of natural communities. Lake Wales Ridge State Forest is a unique, beautiful place where many of Florida's rare and endangered plants and animals flourish.
Learn more at this link.