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Trim/Reduce Hardwood for Scrub-Jay Habitat at the FWC Royce Unit (1/19/2017)

We'll be significantly trimming/reducing the too-tall hardwoods in the scrub restoration area to enhance habitat for endangered scrub jays.

When: From 9 AM to around 1 PM
Where: FWC Royce Unit
1630 Royce Ranch Avenue
Lake Placid, Florida  33852
United States
Contact: Bill Parken

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Help restore habitat  for Florida Scrub-jays by reducing too-tall hardwoods.

Scrub-jays won't use areas with tall trees as predators like Cooper's Hawks use them to hide in.

We'll be using hand saws, sawsalls, and chainsaws (for those qualified) to significantly trim/reduce the hardwoods.

The branches will be left where they fall to provide fuel for a future controlled burn.

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 meet in the main parking area by the offices at Royce (directions below). Please wear closed toe shoes and bring your work gloves and a hiker's water bottle or similar to carry drinking water.

Directions to the 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 Avenue 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, marked by an FWC logo. Turn left onto the driveway and follow it back to the offices.

The FWC Royce Unit is part of the Lake Wales Ridge Wildlife and Environmental Area, and has one of the largest cutthroat grass (Panicum abscissum) seeps remaining on the Lake Wales Ridge, which we’ll be passing by on the way to the scrub restoration area!