Phipps Park Invasive Plant Education and Removal
For camaraderie, fun, healthy exercise, and the satisfaction of doing something good for the environment, consider participating in this event, which is part of a series of sessions for everyone--all ages--interested in the outdoors. Learn the importance of addressing the problem of invasive plants, with a particular focus on Coral ardisia, which is currently smothering much of the understory of this beautiful park and many other areas in Florida and Georgia.
This particular event will be a 1.8 mile interpretative, slow, hike around the Swamp Forest Loop trail in the park, followed by lunch (provided*).
During the slow hike, John Valenta, an expert from the Northwest Florida Water Management District, along with Brian Pelc, an expert from The Nature Conservancy, will explain how to identify at least 4 species of exotic invasive plants that are found on/near the trail, methods for removing them safely, and how to distinguish them from native plants. Hands-on education will also be included.
During lunch there will be further discussion about why this effort is important, how you can help in different ways appropriate for different activities (e.g., hiking, cycling, walking, your own back yard) and how to report invasive plant sightings (http://www.eddmaps.org/). If time permits, you will also learn more about this beautiful park: its rare butterflies, bluebird boxes, artifacts, and the Red Hills Horse Trials.
Bring water, bug spray, garden/work gloves, and wear shoes appropriate for hiking. Bring a clipper and/or a shovel (pointed type is best) if you own them. Questions? Contact Karen Berkley [masked]
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