Volunteers sought for Lake Alto Preserve project


Published: Tuesday, April 9, 2013 at 6:38 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, April 9, 2013 at 6:38 p.m.

In celebration of Earth Day 2013, the Alachua County Environmental Protection Department is hosting a volunteer stewardship event at the soon-to-be-opened Lake Alto Preserve on Saturday, April 20.

In celebration of Earth Day 2013, the Alachua County Environmental Protection Department is hosting a volunteer stewardship event at the soon-to-be-opened Lake Alto Preserve on Saturday, April 20.

The public is invited to participate at the event, which will run from 9 a.m. to noon. Because there will be multiple volunteer teams, participants are asked to RSVP prior to the event.

Participants may choose from three team projects:

-- Removing trash and exotic plants from the swamp surrounding the new boardwalk.

-- Removing trash from the edge of Lake Alto and near the newly refurbished dock.

-- Installing interpretive signs along the trail system.

Participants should bring a water container, snacks, bug spray, sunscreen, hats and work gloves.

Those wanting to pick up trash on Lake Alto by boat should bring a boat and enough personal floatation devices for their team.

The 662-acre Lake Alto Preserve is located in northeastern Alachua County between Lake Alto and Lake Santa Fe. It is adjacent to Lake Alto Swamp, a Suwannee River Water Management District property.

Features of the preserve include seven distinct natural communities, some in excellent condition, and a quarter of the entire shoreline of Lake Alto.

The Preserve comprises four tracts, which were purchased between 2005 and 2008, for a total of $3 million.

To RSVP, or for more information, contact Alachua County Senior Environmental Specialist Susie Hetrick at264-6835, 213-1217 or shetrick@alachuacounty.us.

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