Volunteers Wanted for Natural Area Workday
  
- Highlands Scrub to emphasize invasive plant removal -
  

DATE: November 29, 2012
MEDIA CONTACT: Michael Mills
PHONE: 954-357-8115
EMAIL: mmills@broward.org

WHAT: Broward County Parks and Recreation Division has 21 designated natural areas, with some already open to the public and others at various stages of development. These natural areas are important for the indigenous flora and fauna they preserve, including rare and endangered species.

Volunteers are likewise important for the preservation of these historic plant and animal communities. On a regular basis, the Division turns to volunteers to help restore and protect our natural areas by, for instance, helping remove invasive plants that threaten to overrun native habitats.

The next such Natural Area Workday will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, December 15, at Highlands Scrub Natural Area in Pompano Beach. Participants are required to wear closed-toe shoes and long pants. Long sleeves, hats, and sunscreen are recommended. Gloves, eye protection, and drinking water will be provided.

This 34.27-acre site, formerly known as the Jungle, is located in unincorporated Broward County east of and adjacent to North Dixie Highway just north of East Sample Road. It is considered one of Broward’s last substantial remaining sand pine scrub communities. This rare type of community, unique to Florida, is one of the most imperiled in the state, and only two percent of such habitat remains in Broward County. The “scrub” is home to many rare and endangered species of plants and animals.


WHERE: Highlands Scrub Natural Area
4050 N. Dixie Hwy., Pompano Beach 33064
954-357-5100


WHEN: Saturday, December 15, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

WHO: For all ages – volunteers under age 13 may participate when accompanied by a parent/guardian; ages 13 to 17 must have parent/guardian signature on the registration form. All participants must fill out a volunteer registration form prior to participating.

HOW: Preregistration is required by e-mailing lbriggs@broward.org.

Highlands Scrub is accessible via Broward County Transit Route #50.


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Founded in February 1956 and accredited by the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies, Broward County Parks and Recreation Division manages nearly 6,500 acres, encompassing nearly 50 regional parks and nature centers, neighborhood parks, and natural areas at various stages of development. Facilities include water parks, campgrounds, a target range, a stadium, a skate park, an observatory, mountain bike trails, an educational farm with stables, and a velodrome and other sports facilities. Hours and fees vary by location. For more information, visit broward.org/parks.

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations in order to participate in County programs, services, and activities must contact the Special Populations Section at 954-357-8170 or TTY 954-537-2844 at least 10 business days prior to the scheduled meeting or event to request an accommodation.

 
 
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