Thursday, June 20, 2013

Arbor Day in Everglades

Handful of Syngonium
For the last three years, Everglades National Park has hosted a volunteer event in recognition of Arbor Day, which occurs at the end of April.  Each year, the event has taken place in the Chekika District, which is open seasonally from December 1st to April 30th. 
Bagging Syngonium for the trash.

Due to the tropical environment of south Florida, common house plants like Syngonium and ornamental landscaping shrubs like Brazilian Pepper have become invasive weeds in the Everglades.  These weeds outgrow and compete with the natural vegetation for sunlight, water, and space. Instead of planting trees, volunteers pulled up by hand Syngonium and used loppers to cut back Brazilian Pepper.

Lopping Brazilian Pepper

If you would like to join a volunteer event, review the Current Opportunities. 

Begin exploring Chekika with this self-guided walking tour Read More »

For more information about hours of operation and directions, click on the picture below.

Mother/Daughter team

1 comment:

  1. Kevin,
    Thank you so much for posting this. Chekika is such a wonderful place and I think this helps more people learn about it. I really appreciate that you are promoting Chekika. Next season we will be better prepared to tackle more Syngonium and Brazalian Pepper at the Arbor Day work bee.
    Kate Spencer