Ridge Rangers August Newsletter

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Ridge Rangers at Work
Ridge Rangers are volunteers restoring wildlife habitat on the Lake Wales Ridge and nearby areas in Central Florida.

August 2015

Project Acorn: 2,050 Scrub Oaks Planted!

Panoramic of Ridge Rangers Planting
Panoramic of Ridge Rangers planting scrub oaks in the FWC Royce Scrub Restoration Area in early July.
Aerial Image of Completed Areas

One Planting Date Left

Over six days this summer in the FWC Royce scrub restoration area, Ridge Rangers and civic/youth groups have planted 2,050 scrub oaks!

We're trying to get to 2,300 and there's one more planting date left, come join us on  Wednesday, August 19 . You'll be helping to restore damaged habitat for endangered species, and also see a special conservation area! 

The FWC Royce Restoration Area is located near Lake Placid, FL.

Time Lapse of Ridge Rangers Planting

Time lapse Video of a Project Acorn Planting

Want to understand what a planting looks like? See a time lapse of the July 29 planting at Six Hours in 25 Seconds.

It's got a happy ending for the plants.

Ridge Rangers enjoy watermelon after a planting

Fund Raising to Help Volunteers Plant is a Success

Thanks to everyone who contributed to our “Help a Critical Wildlife Habitat By Helping a Volunteer” crowdfunding site – we exceeded the $650 goal! The funds raised were used to provide hydration packs and energy foods for the volunteers planting in the summer heat and were much appreciated.

Project Acorn ...

Pot an acorn, save a scrub jay
.... is a multiyear effort by the Ridge Rangers to gather and pot scrub-oak acorns, maintain the sprouts, and plant the resulting baby oaks in damaged scrub oak habitat to help endangered species on the Lake Wales Ridge.

Help Bok Tower Gardens Restore Native Habitat

Planting Native Grasses at Bok Tower Garden

Bok Tower Gardens (near Lake Wales) is looking for volunteer help to restore native sandhill habitat. This project involves the handplanting of approximately 10,000 plugs of native grasses into a 10 acre natural area over a 4 day period. This planting is being done to enhance the habitat where several species of protected plants and animals occur.

Each participant will receive one complimentary pass to Bok Tower Gardens to enjoy at a later date.

Planting dates, with links to more info:  

Fencing Project at the Nature Conservancy Tiger Creek Site

Over several workdays in late August and early September we’ll be removing an old fence and replacing with a new one. Fencing helps to protect the habitat and wildlife at the Tiger Creek Site from intrusions and poaching.

TNC's Tiger Creek site is located near Babson Park, FL.

For dates, maps, and more, see the Ridge Rangers Online Calendar.