Members Linda and Boyd Kimble and Jay Bushnell did a total cleaning of the kiosk at the trail head; member Roger McDaniels relocated a couple of sign posts for annual plants that had “moved”; President Bill Dummitt polished up the vegetation signs that had acquired a mossy green over the years and added a few signs where the old ones had disappeared; Ed DeHaan used a blower to rid the hand rails and boardwalk of cypress and maple leaves; and Refuge manager Andrew Gude, newcomer Bob Ryan, and John Thalacker reconstructed 20’ of railing on the boardwalk. Please thank these folks for their work when you have a chance.
The weather was perfect (as it usually is this time of year) when eight Friends members and one newcomer to the area did a major “clean, trim and repair” of the River Trail at the Refuge.
What a team!! All was accomplished in 3 hours and in parting, “Happy Thanksgiving” was common refrain along with comments that it was an enjoyable way to contribute to the Refuge. We were thankful for the chance. Come and share the beauty!
Thanks to Board member Ed DeHaan for the photos.
Fire: More than 2,000 acres, mostly in Levy County, have been treated with prescribed burning since January.
Forests: On the Dixie County side, where weather has not been as good for prescribed burning, with the help of the Refuge's new Cat more than 70,000 legacy trees have been planted.
Need information: Refuge Manager Andrew Gude can be reached by text or phone at 703.622.3896.
The Refuge is open daily from dawn to dusk.
Visitors are welcome to walk or bicycle around yellow Refuge gates.
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