Monday, March 8, 2021

Pulling weeds in the Panther Refuge



By Joan Kelly

Shrubs and trees grow faster in south Florida, so the Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge trailhead and parking had become surrounded by intrusive vegetation. On May 13th a handful of volunteers and rangers pulled and cut shrubs.

The Refuge provided gloves, tools and drinks. Volunteers were asked to wear long sleeves and long pants to protect against any allergic reaction to the invasive plants. Several pickup loads of vegetation were removed.

Keeping the Florida Panther Refuge clear of invasive and otherwise unwanted vegetation is an on going project with volunteer opportunities on Monday, Wednesday and Friday starting at 7 am all summer long. Call the Refuge headquarters for information and to volunteer, 239-353 8442 ext. 222.

For more information, about the Refuge, log on to The Friends of the Florida Panther, non profit support group, can be reached by


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