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Volunteers needed for habitat-restoration project

News Release

Monday, May 21, 2012

Media contact: Gary Morse, 863-648-3852

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) Ridge Rangers Program and the Florida Forest Service need your help to restore damaged wildlife habitat on the Lake Wales Ridge near Frostproof. The project involves planting pine seedlings on the Arbuckle Tract on June 1 and 2, from 8 a.m. to noon. Volunteers may sign up for either day or both.

“More than 2,500 longleaf pine and South Florida slash pine seedlings need planting. With that in mind, we are providing volunteers with special shovels that make the planting process quick and easy. We are hoping you will join us,” said Bill Parken, FWC Ridge Rangers coordinator.

The Ridge Rangers is an organization of volunteers who work with conservation agencies on and near the Lake Wales Ridge, helping to restore wildlife habitat.

For more information or to sign up, contact the Ridge Rangers at ridgerangers@myfwc.com or call Bill Parken at 863-699-3742 x102.



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