Restoration plantings coming in July 2014 for Project Acorn
The scrub oak acorns gathered last September by Ridge Rangers and potted by community festival attendees in November have resulted in over 4,300 sprouts! These baby oaks were maintained by Ridge Rangers in a native plant nursery over the winter and spring, and are now ready for planting to restore a damaged oak-scrub habitat at the FWC Royce Unit near Lake Placid, Florida.
Summer is the best time for wildland restoration plantation to take advantage of the afternoon rains and we’ll be planting on three consecutive Saturdays starting on July 12, 2014.
We’re looking for planting help! Here are the dates and links for more information and to sign up:
Saturday, July 12: http://outreach.myfwc.com/event/RoyceJuly12
Saturday, July 19: http://outreach.myfwc.com/event/RoyceJuly19
Saturday, July 26: http://outreach.myfwc.com/event/RoyceJuly26
The FWC Royce Unit is located on the shores of Lake Istokpoga and a few miles to the northeast of the town of Lake Placid. Each of the above links has full directions and a map, as well as times and what you’ll need to wear and bring.
Picture of the FWC Royce Unit restoration area where the oak sprouts will be planted.
Project Acorn 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 on the Lake Wales Ridge.
This project is also financially supported by the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund. Disney’s commitment to promote the happiness and well-being of kids and families is dependent on protecting the planet for future generations. Not only are we committed to minimizing our environmental footprint, but we also work to leverage funds and expertise to help conserve nature and inspire kids to build lifelong conservation values.