National Public Lands Day at Highlands Hammock State Park

Historic Jackson Trail Restoration
Clear overgrown vegetation, downed branches, and remove exotic, invasive Caesar Weed from this trail or in patches alongside of it. Abandoned in the early 1940s, this remnant trail off of Ancient Hammock is one mile in length emerging on to the back side of the Loop Road. Use brush cutters, loppers, and clippers to trim back the trail and hand pull to remove and bag Caesar Weed. The goal of this project is to restore this trail so it may be offered as an “off the beaten path” trek led by park rangers. Trail restoration requires moderate exertion. 

Exotic Plant Removal 
Remove exotic plants which may include species such as Caesar Weed and Coral Ardisia. Clear invasive vegetation by hand pulling, cutting with loppers and clippers, and bagging flowering / fruiting plants. Exotic removal is ongoing resource management on the trails and areas around the Loop Road where the natural wildlife habitat has been severely degraded. Removing exotic vegetation requires light to moderate exertion.

Trail Maintenance
Maintain park trails. Use loppers and clippers to trim back protruding cabbage palm fronds and overhanging vines around the Loop Road and designated hiking trails. Clear large downed fronds, small limbs and other tripping hazards from the trail paths. The goal of this activity is to prep the trails for increased visitation in the fall and winter. Trail maintenance requires light to moderate exertion.

NPLD projects are scheduled from 8:30 am to approximately 12:00 pm. Volunteers will meet in the Picnic Area at 8:30 am for a brief orientation before heading out in the field. Advance registration is requested by the close of business on Wednesday, September 21, 2016 to better assist staff preparation. Wear sturdy shoes and protective clothing. Bring work gloves, sunscreen, insect repellent, water, and cold drinks. Equipment will be provided, but additional loppers and brush cutters from home are helpful. Please call 863-471-5324 to sign up to volunteer or receive more information. An hour or two of your time is greatly appreciated. 

Date and Time: 
Saturday, September 24, 2016 - 08:30 to 12:00
Contact Info: 

Carla Kappmeyer-Sherwin
carla.kappmeyer-sherwin@dep.state.fl.us
863-471-5324

Site: 
Highlands Hammock State Park
5931 Hammock Road
Sebring, FL 33872
United States
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