Beginning in January 2018, major restoration projects began at a number of public properties. The plants and seeds were all collected in our emergency Sandhill rescue from a nearby development site.
Nearly 1,000 of the rescued Sandhill plants were introcucted at Lake Louisa State Park and several pounds of seeds were broadcast througout the planting site. Volunteers arrived several days before the planting and installed irrigation lines.
At St. John’s River Water Management District, 733 pots were planted, many of them containing multiple plants. We anticipate that the real number is closer to 1,000. These plants were also rescued from the nearby development site. Several pounds of seeds were also broadcast.
More restoration projects are underway at sites managed by Lake County Water Authority and Lake County Parks & Trails. Stay tuned!
Volunteer Kevin Moore (left) and Green Isle Gardens Nursery Manager Nick Giannola (right) helped install extra irrigation lines to accommodate the nearly 1,000 plants introduced at Lake Louisa State Park.
A Skyblue Lupine, Lupinus cumulicola, rescued in 2017 is shown flowering at Oakland Nature Preserve in March 2018.
April McClain, manager of greenhouse operations for Green Isle Gardens grows plants for restoration work from seeds collected from rescue sites by FNPS members. She also helps rescue and plant.
Volunteers are shown planting at a Sandhill restoration site at St. John’s River Water Management District near Lake Apopka.