11/2/2013: Ridge Ranger Marilyn Blair prepares to cut down sand pines at FWC Lake Placid Scrub Unit.
Ridge Rangers completed the sand pine removal effort at FWC Lake Placid Scrub Unit in early November, clearing hundreds of sand pines from over 20 acres in three workdays in 2013.
Scrub-jays prefer scrub habitat without a lot of tall trees like sand pines, as they provide perches for jay predators like hawks and owls. Cutting down the intruding pines increases preferred habitat for these endangered birds.
FWC prioritized this project to provide more short term living area for the jays while the surrounding areas underwent long term controlled-burn management.Twelve Ridge Rangers contributed a total of over 90 hours to achieve this critical habitat enhancement need!
Aerial image of the area where Ridge Rangers cleared sand pines from scrub habitat. FWC Lake Placid Scrub is a 3,158 acre site located to the southwest of Lake Placid, and is home to many families of scrub-jays.
First CCC Days Sprouts Up!
Acorns potted on November 9 by CCC Days attendees at Highlands Hammock State Park are starting to show ...
Boktoberfest Sprouts Doing Great
Hundreds of sprouts are up and growing from acorns potted in mid-October at Boktoberfest.
The count so far ...
.. is about 6,500 acorns potted in 3,000 containers ... and around 600 sprouts are up!
We'll be planting acorns directly in damaged habitat at FWC Royce unit on Tuesday morning, Dec 17 ... come help us! See http://outreach.myfwc.com/event/RoyceAcornDec
Project Acorn is multiyear effort to grow and plant scrub oaks to restore damaged scrub oak habitat on the Lake Wales Ridge.