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Rare Florida scrub of the Lake Wales Ridge

Ridge Rangers restore wildlife habitat in conservation areas on the Lake Wales Ridge and nearby areas in Central Florida Adobe PDF.

The Lake Wales Ridge and other ridges in Central Florida are relic sand dunes from ancient seas, but today support several unique habitats and are a hotspot for endemics and listed species. You can learn more about this very special region at Florida's Ancient Islands.

Over 45 protected areas along the Lake Wales Ridge Adobe PDF are managed by private, county, state and federal agencies. The Ridge Rangers restore wildlife habitat on many of these areas, spanning Polk and Highlands counties.

Below are links to some of the areas where Ridge Rangers make a difference:



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