In this issue ...
January 4, 2014 at Avon Park Air Force Range: A Ridge Ranger cuts down an intruding pine to maintain oak scrub habitat. (Photo by Elizabeth Ressler)
Editor's note: Ridge Rangers were back at Avon Park Air Force Range on two Saturdays in January this year, and removed over 1,300 intruding pines from oak scrub habitat! Here’s a note of appreciation (and an aerial image of the work area) from the Air Force Range Conservation Manager:
I want to thank you the great work over two weekends cutting pines and maintaining our Scrub in suitable condition for Florida scrub-jay. I mapped out the extent of the habitat they treated by cutting sapling sand and slash pine and 94 acres was maintained (click the photo to enlarge).
The area will remain in excellent condition for years to come. I hope the Rangers had an enjoyable time and I would like to have them return next year.
Avon Park Air Force Range
In the last few months many Ridge Rangers have helped gather and pot oak scrub acorns and then maintain the sprouts in the native plant nursery. On January 22 the Ridge Rangers Coordinator counted the resulting baby oaks and the tally was ... drum roll ... TWO THOUSAND EIGHT HUNDRED AND SIXTY NINE!!That number of oaks will have some impact, and more are sprouting all the time. All the sprouts will be planted in damaged habitat this upcoming summer on Ridge Rangers workdays.
Whether or not you’ve ever volunteered, your input is needed in a survey on the impact of volunteering. There’s a maximum of 10 questions, and most are just quick clicks. Your input will be very helpful and most appreciated.
Please take the survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/QZYFMV9
The survey closes on midnight Thursday, 2/13/14