Ocala National Forest and Florida Native Plant Society team up for restoration planting event at Silver Glen Springs day-use area

TALLAHASSEE, Fla., June 22, 2020 – The Ocala National Forest and Florida Native Plant Society (FNPS) have partnered to host a two-day vegetation planting event at Silver Glen Day-use area on June 25-26, 2020.

Volunteers from the FNPS along with Forest Service personnel will plant site specific vegetation that is both functional and attractive to prevent erosion of the upland portion of the day-use area and stop sedimentation of the spring. These ground cover plants, grasses, and wildflowers will not obstruct the view of the spring to visitors and all will provide seeds, fruits, or nectar needed by wildlife.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with the U.S. Forest Service to help protect Silver Glen Springs. This restoration project will also improve the visitor experience and benefit wildlife,” said Juliet Rynear, executive director of the Florida Native Plant Society.

The day-use area will remain open to the public during the planting event. Forest Service personnel and FNPS volunteers will be onsite to answer questions from the public about the planting and restoration efforts. This is one of several management strategies developed to restore and rehabilitate Silver Glen Springs and the other springs on the Ocala National Forest.

“Our interdisciplinary staff has done considerable research, including monitoring and assessing the springs to develop best management practices to address issues such as loss of eel grass and erosion control,” said District Ranger Carl Bauer of the Ocala National Forest. “The expertise and assistance of Florida Native Plant Society was instrumental in helping us develop and implement this very important project at Silver Glen Springs.”

For additional information, please call the Lake George Ranger District office at (352) 625-2520 or the Seminole Ranger District office at (352) 669-3153.

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