FNPS Mangrove Chapter March 2017 Field Trip

FNPS Mangrove Chapter March 2017 Field Trip

The Mangrove Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society invites the public to join in a nature walk March 25, 2017 at Myakka State Forest, N. River Rd. North Port, Florida. Walkers will meet at the entrance at 9 a.m.
Myakka State Forest is made up primarily of mesic flatwoods (an area with a balanced amount of moisture), a mixture of longleaf pine and slash pine overstory and a palmetto understory. Numerous depression marshes are scattered throughout the flatwoods, providing many opportunities for viewing wading birds and other wildlife. The forest includes over 40 miles of trails and approximately 2.5 miles of frontage on the Myakka River, which is designated as an Outstanding Florida Water and a Wild and Scenic River. The Myakkahatchee Creek flows through the forest for 1.5 miles and provides an additional water resource.

The Florida Forest Service manages the forest for multiple uses, including timber, outdoor recreation, wildlife, and ecological and hydrological restoration. The Southwest Water Management District provided funding to purchase half of the state forest and is an important cooperator in the management of the property, especially in regard to hydrological management. Please join us on a leisurely walk through this beautiful area. For more information you may contact Al Squires at 941-769-3633 or email him at ahsquires@embarqmail.com.
DIRECTIONS:
The entrance to Myakka State Forest is approximately 10 miles southeast of Venice and 7 miles west of Port Charlotte. Access is available off River Road, about 11 miles south of I-75.

The Florida Native Plant Society promotes the preservation, conservation, and restoration of the native plants and native plant communities of Florida. More information about the Mangrove Chapter of FNPS can be located on their website: fnps.org.chapters.
Meetings, field trips and special events are free and open to the public.


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