Help Rid our Parks of Invasive and Exotic Plants 2/28-3/3

Can you spare a few hours to help bring our parks back to native plant health? See details below:

Tuesday February 28, 2017
Hernando County, Chinsegut Manor House, 10am-3pm

Chinsegut Manor House has seen disturbance for well over 100 years and has had an influx of dozens of invasive species as well as many other non-spreading ornamental plant species. There will not be one focus species on this workday. Instead we will have focus herbicides that will target multiple plant species. We will be treating Coral Ardisia, camphor trees, Caesar weed, cogon grass, sour orange, dayflower species, rosary pea and many others. We will be using a 2% Glyphosate solution on cogon grass, 15% solution of Triclopyr Amine (Garlon4) and bark oil on trees and Coral Ardisia and all other species we will be using 2% 2,4-D. Please bring a hat, gloves, a lunch, and water.

Wednesday March 1, 2017

Pasco County Workday, Lacoochee Park, 10am-3pm

In the past this area was a functioning park for the town of Lacoochee. Many of the invasive species found here were probably either dumped or landscaped in the past. After it was closed sometime in the 1990s, people used it as a place to dump their trash and yard waste. For many years, FFS treated the invasive species here so you will see the effects of the invasion of exotic species and how dumping yard waste can be so detrimental to forested areas. We will be hand-pulling and spraying multiple species to include sword fern, air potato, Caesar weed, rattlebox, sour orange, Japanese climbing fern and creeping fig. When using herbicides will be using a 2% solution of Triclopyr ester (Garlon3A) and water. Please bring a hat, gloves, a lunch, and water.

Thursday March 2, 2017

Citrus County Workday, Crystal River Preserve, 10am-3pm

Crystal River preserve is mostly coastal habitat having an influx of exotics along the coast spread mainly by birds and water. Here Brazilian Pepper, Lead tree, and Australian Pine are a huge problem. Multiple workdays have been done in this area so it will be very beneficial to get back to these areas for retreatment. On this workday you will see multiple years of treatment and restoration. We will be using backpacks with a 20% solution of Triclopyr Amine (Garlon 4) and bark oil to treat these species. Please bring a hat, gloves, a lunch, and water.

Friday March 3, 2017

Hernando County Workday, Croom Tract WSF Tucker Hill, 10am-3pm FOLLOWED BY COOKOUT

This workday will be a Part 2 of a previous workday we had in this area. Previously we had worked all exotic species on the north side of Croom Road. On this workday we will be working the south side of Croom Road. This area has seen disturbance for well over 100 years. It has been a major focus area in recent times for the FFS. We have worked this area annually treating it for exotics and we have had contract work done here. We will be focusing on several species of exotics including Coral Ardisia, Caesar weed, Camphor tree, sword fern, sour orange, and Japanese climbing fern. We will be using a 15% solution of Triclopyr Amine (Garlon4) and bark oil on trees and Coral Ardisia and all other species we will be using 2% 2,4-D and water. Please bring a hat, and gloves. LUNCH AND WATER WILL BE PROVIDED.

LUNCH: Hotdogs or Burgers, potato & macaroni salad and chips.