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Invasive Exotics Education and Coral Ardisia Removal

Sponsored by Florida Trail Association & Florida Native Plant Society. Get great exercise while learning how to identify and safely eradicate coral ardisia and other exotic invasive plants--in your yard, or wherever you hike or use trails--from FNPS experts. Enter Phipps park at 4000 N. Meridian Rd. (Youth Sports Complex/baseball fields); the trailhead is located 0.1 mile in, on the left.

[ Map: http://www.talgov.com/Uploads/Public/Documents/parks/pdf/phipps.pdf ]

Bring water, bug spray, and work gloves. Wear shoes appropriate for hiking. Lunch and some tools provided. Bring clippers, pointed shovel, and/or root jack, if you have them. Note that this activity is not appropriate if you are severely allergic to poison ivy. IvyBlock barrier cream will be provided for those who wish to use it. No pets.
Co-Leader: Linda Patton. Contact Leader if you need information: Karen Berkley (850)[masked] [masked]

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  • Karen B.

    We had a great group of ~21 people, including 4 children. Test area #1, that had been cleared of Coral ardisia plants last time, looked beautiful, with ferns returning! This time, again at area 2, we cleared out CA seedlings, and tung oil and camphor trees. We also started on an adjacent area, #2, clearing it of much of its CA plants. THANK YOU ALL!

    January 14, 2013

  • Ed B.

    excellent-got a lot of those little buggers out!!

    January 14, 2013

  • Karen B.

    Hi Hikers! Want to give back in a different way? Some of our fabulous hiking areas are being hijacked by various invasive plants that are taking over the understory. Such plants are likely beginning to invade our wilderness areas too. One plant here in TLH is Coral ardisia. It’s everywhere now in Phipps Park and almost certainly other areas, including city/county trails and nearby parts of FNST. In this series of activities, of which this is the 3rd, you will learn to identify and remove Coral ardisia and other invasive plants from Florida Native Plant Society experts. The activity is loads of fun, doesn’t take too much time (9:30 to 12:30), provides lots of upper body exercise, plus lunch is provided at the end. Do consider joining this activity and/or the ones coming up on future Saturdays: Feb (9th), March (16th) , and April (13th).

    January 6, 2013

  • Linda P.

    At the previous one of these events, we removed 23 trash bags of invasives. Let's see if we can break that record this time!

    January 6, 2013

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  • Linda P.
    FTA Member, Chap. Publicity/Website/Newsletter, Event Organizer, Co-Organizer,
    Event Host
  • Karen B.
    FTA Member, Trailmaster (Phipps), Event Organizer,
    Event Host
  • Ed B.
    FTA Member

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