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CLT conducts work/fun party at Taylor/Willow Lake Preserve

June 19, 2019
By ED FRANKS ( , Pine Island Eagle

The Calusa Land Trust held its monthly work/fun party Saturday, June 8, at the Taylor/Willow Lake Preserve.

The preserve consists of 36 acres off of Alcorn Street consisting of 27 acres of uplands and 9 acres of mangroves and salt flats. The property also contains a mature live oak/palmetto forest with an active bald eagle nest.

"The 27 acres was planned to be a residential subdivision," said John Kendall. "It was to be a gated community with the entrance on Alcorn Street. The entrance was overgrown and recently we had that all cut out."

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Alphabetical: Robert Ballard (president CLT), Ed Chapin (Chief Ranger), Ross Costa, Brian Cotterill, Michael Guthrie, Debbie Hutchinson, John Kendall, Shawn Kinney, Carolyn Murphy, Judy Ott, Frank Potter, Joan Rosenberg, Alice Trant and Nancy Weir. At left is the entrance to the preserve.


"The original plan for our volunteers today was to plant a host of young native trees along the entrance pathway but we decided to postpone that due to lack of rain," chief ranger Ed Chapin said. "Planting so many young native trees requires lots of water and since we haven't had much rain so far this season, we decided to wait another month."

The Calusa Land Trust is an all-volunteer land conservancy that relies upon its members and guests to steward its preserved lands. It is recommended that participants provide themselves with work gloves/clothing, pruning tools and a happy spirit. After the work for the day is done, CLT rewards its volunteers with cold beverages and a pizza lunch.

For more information about the CLT or the projects, contact Chapin at 239-218-7531.



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