Ridge Rangers July 2015 Newsletter

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July 2015

July and August dates are finalized for Project Acorn plantings, hope you can join us!

Planting Dates

Everyone is welcome to participate in Ridge Rangers events. Please click on the dates for the full details and to register.

All plantings are at the FWC Royce Unit, near Lake Placid, FL. See map on the right.

Wednesday morning, 7/1/2015

Wednesday morning, 7/8/2015

Thursday, 7/16/2015

Wednesday morning, 7/22/2015

Saturday morning, 7/25/2015

Wednesday morning, 7/29/2015

Wednesday morning, 8/5/2015

Thursday, 8/13/2015

Wednesday morning, 8/19/2015

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Reference Links

Ridge Rangers Home Page: http://www.myfwc.com/ridgerangers

See where Ridge Rangers help

For Land Managers: Workday Request Form

Would you like to find out about the Ridge Rangers program, including how to participate? Send an email to the Ridge Rangers Coordinator

You can now apply for the Ridge Rangers online .

The Ridge Rangers Online Calendar has our schedule of upcoming volunteer events.

For Ridge Rangers working independently: find out how to report your hours at this link

Would you like to make a donation to help support Ridge Ranger workdays? See Ridge Rangers 501 (c)(3) Fund

On Flickr? Join the Ridge Rangers group at http://www.flickr.com/groups/ridgerangers

Oak Sprouts Ready

Oak sprouts ready for planting

Starting last fall, Ridge Rangers gathered scrub oak acorns and then took the seeds to community festivals where they were potted in trays by festival attendees. The resulting sprouts were repotted by Ridge Rangers over the 2014-2015 winter into larger containers along with fertilizer and mycorrhizal material, and the first batches are getting tall and ready for planting!

We have 2,500 well-maintained sprouts for this year's effort, and we’ll be planting them in a restoration area over nine volunteer planting efforts starting July 1… and we’d love to have your help!

Plantings will help restore damaged scrub habitat

The sprouts will be planted in a damaged oak scrub habitat at the FWC Royce Unit, near Lake Placid, FL.  Restoring the damaged scrub will provide habitat for endangered species like Gopher Tortoises and the Florida Scrub-Jay.

Map to the Royce Unit
The Royce Unit is located at 1630 Royce Ranch, Lake Placid, FL (click the image to access the map)..

Why plant in summer? It's hot!

For best planting survival rate and to take advantage of the seasonal rains, we’ll need to plant the oak sprouts between late June and mid-August. To avoid as much heat as possible, on most days we'll be planting in the morning and wrapping up by 11 AM (Thursday dates are all day).  

How can I participate?

We’d love to have your help! The effort includes moving plants to the planting area, digging holes in sandy soil (easy), planting the oak sprouts, and watering the newly planted oaks. See dates on the left and click on the links for the details.

Ridge Rangers plant scrub oaks

If you or your organization would like to help but the dates aren’t convenient, please contact the Ridge Rangers Coordinator at bill.parken@myfwc.com to coordinate a better time for you. 

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Can’t participate in the restoration effort but would still like to help?

We’re raising funds to provide hydration drinks, energy food, and gear for volunteers doing the plantings ... you'll be helping someone else restore habitat for endangered species!

Donations are tax deductible and go to the Project Acorn account at the Wildlife Foundation of Florida, a registered 501(c)(3) organization (FEIN 59-3277808). $10 goes a long way!

Learn more at http://www.razoo.com/story/Projectacorn

For more information ...

Please contact Bill Parken, Ridge Rangers Coordinator, at bill.parken@myfwc.com, or 863 699 3742.