Warea Tract Service Day
This free field trip is a service day that provides a rare chance to see Seminole State Forest's Warea Tract while helping to remove invasive Natal grass (Melenis repens). Florida Forest Service Forester Mike Martin and Warea Tract expert Todd Angel will lead Natal grass removal and discuss the importance of the tract, a small parcel of the Seminole State Forest near Clermont that holds endangered Clasping warea (Warea amplexifolia). The Warea Tract is a natural sandhill community that holds many endangered and threatened species. Other rare species we could spot include Florida bonamia (Bonamia grandiflora), Lewton's polygala (Polygala lewtonii), Sweet-scented pigeonwings (Clitoria fragrans), Scrub plum (prunus geniculata) and Scrub buckwheat (Eriogonum longifolium var.
gnaphalifolium). Common species found there include Dense gayfeather (Liatris spicata), Chaffhead (Carphephorus spp.), Skullcap (Scutellaria integrifolia), Squareflower (Paronychia erecta), Forked bluecurls (Trichostema dichotomum) and milkweeds (Asclepias spp.). We will meet at the property's entrance at 9 a.m. and caravan to our destination inside the tract, so please arrive on time. We will be removing Natal grass by hand, so bring gloves. Also, please consider wearing a hat and long pants and bringing sunscreen, water, snacks and/or lunch (you are welcome to stay and have lunch on the property). Contact Rose Kinane at email@example.com with questions. Photo by Mary Keim.