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Conservation Foundation of Gulf Coast invites public to join Myakka restoration initiative

The Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast is seeking volunteers to contribute to an ongoing effort to support, restore, and enhance the Myakka wetlands region.

The not-for-profit land trust recently embarked on a river restoration project at their 432-acre Myakka Headwaters Preserve – where seven creeks converge to form the Myakka River. More than 15,400 plants of 27 species were planted, including 2,000 coreopsis, the Florida loosestrife, nearly 1,000 wetland trees from 10 species, and 9,000 plugs of a wetland grass called maidencane.

The restoration effort is seeking volunteers on April 21 from 9-11:30 a.m. Volunteers will primarily be planting native trees and wildflowers and should be capable of working outdoors on uneven terrain for the duration of the visit. The most challenging aspect will likely be the uneven terrain and hot/cold weather conditions.