Lake County Plant Rescue

Massive Plant Rescue in Central Florida

by Florida Native Plant Society

We got to participate in an amazing emergency Sandhill Rescue in Lake County. We rescued more than 4,800 plants over numerous rescue days that ended November 1, 2017. The plants are currently hardening-off at the nursery of one of our amazing partners Green Isle Gardens who is also propagating seeds and cuttings collected from the rescue site. In all, 121 species of plants were represented in the rescue, with plants, seeds and cuttings collected. We also rescued and relocated American Giant Millipedes (Narceus americanus) to conservation sites managed by our partners Oakland Nature Preserve and Lake Louisa State Park.

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Background:

We had a massive plant rescue that began Thursday [09/07/17] in Central Florida. It’s an amazing 20-acre property on the Lake Wales Ridge. Despite being identified for acquisition and protection over 20 years ago, this amazing intact-sandhill community will be converted to a strip mall beginning in November of this year. The FNPS Conservation Committee, members from 5 chapters, and 6 project partners organized this massive rescue of nearly 120 plant species, 22 of which are endemic to Florida and 10 of which are endangered.

                                                                                The rescue dates were: 
                                                                                          September 7, 9, 20, 27, 30 
                                                                                          October 4, 5, 7, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26, 28
                                                                                          November 1

All rescued plants will be used for restoration projects at nearby publicly-protected preserves.

Published on  12.03.2018