Ridge Rangers March 2018 Newsletter

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

March 2018

    Ridge Rangers Doing Three Workdays at One Site in March

    Location of FWC Henscratch

    FWC has recently started fencing off and doing controlled burns at the Henscratch Tract – named after the nearby road – and the Ridge Rangers will be reducing sand pines to help Scrub-Jays and beginning the debris cleanup at this tract in the upcoming weeks.

    The Henscratch Tract is one of the many sites in FWC’s Lake Wales Ridge Wildlife and Environmental Area, and is located to the immediate west of the Jack Creek tract.  The habitat at Henscratch is primarily oak scrub … and the endangered Florida Scrub-Jay lives there!

    The Henscratch tract is located roughly half-way between Sebring and Lake Placid, and several miles to the west of US 27. The best access to the site is either via Henscratch Road or US 27.

    Look for the workdays "Reduce Sand Pines" and "Clean Up Old Debris" below.

    Problem Sand Pine

    Saturday, March 3, from 8 AM to Noon

    Reduce Sand Pines at Henscratch to Help Endangered Scrub-Jays

    We'll be cutting down sand pines to create more useable habitat for Scrub-Jays. This type of pine will take over a Scrub Habitat, eliminating homes for endangered Scrub-Jays and harboring Scrub-Jay predators.

    See the full details and register at this link.