DATE: January 3, 2013
MEDIA CONTACT: Michael Mills
WHAT: When environmentalist and County Commissioner Anne Kolb died in July 1981, little did she know what her long-term legacy to Broward County would be: the 1,501-acre Hollywood nature center that bears her name, and the Anne Kolb Memorial Trail at Plantation Heritage Park in Plantation, which will be the subject of a Volunteer Restoration Project on Saturday, January 19.
Kolb was an award-winning former journalist who, in 1974, became the first woman elected to the Broward County Commission. Among her accomplishments: leading the advocacy for the 1977 Land Use Plan, helping pass a platting ordinance that tightened government control over future development, directing a successful campaign to place a building moratorium on 61,000 acres in southwestern Broward, and persuading the Commission to approve the Urban Wilderness Park System to preserve endangered lands for future generations. She was also instrumental in saving from development the coastal mangrove wetland that’s at the heart of the Anne Kolb Nature Center, which opened in February 1996.
The Anne Kolb Memorial Trail at Plantation Heritage traverses re-created plant communities such as high and low hammocks, pinelands, a coastal strand forest, and a basin, along with a newly planted meadow/prairie that is now in transition mode. During the past year and a half, 60 numbered posts have been installed, each corresponding to a specific plant. Nearly 300 plants have already been installed, including a dozen and a half new species that were planted in the pineland and meadow communities.
Volunteers (ages 18 and up only, please) are sought for the project, which will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. County-supervised participants will hand-remove unwanted vegetation from the trail and replace it with native species. Volunteers should bring a hat, gloves, sunscreen, insect repellent, and drinking water. No equipment will be provided, so such items as shovels will be welcome.
Parking will be provided adjacent to the park’s main building, where volunteers will go to the office to complete the necessary paperwork and receive a list of do’s and don’ts before being directed to the work location; participants should remember to sign out upon departure at the #30 trail marker.
WHERE: Plantation Heritage Park
1100 S. Fig Tree Lane, Plantation 33317
WHEN: Saturday, January 19, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
WHO: For volunteers ages 18 and up only.
For further information, call Plantation Heritage at 954-357-5135.
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