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Volunteer in Clay County to protect local parks from invasive vegetation

The Japanese Honeysuckle is one of many invasive plant species to Northeast Florida.

CLAY COUNTY, Fla. — Among a long list of volunteer work Clay County is looking to fulfill, residents are wanted to help remove invasive plants.

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Invasive vegetation such as Christmas Berry, Japanese Honeysuckle, and the Air Potato are just some of the nuisances that have established themselves in Northeast Florida.

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To help curb and remove the plant problem, Clay County is looking for people to help pull or dig out exotic vegetation to prevent it from out-competing native plants.

The county describes the volunteer work as taking place in wooded areas of a park with sparse to sometimes dense vegetation. Tools to remove the vegetation will be provided. This is a great volunteer opportunity for both groups or individuals.

Further information posted by the Clay County:

Desired qualifications: Have an interest in conservation.

Required qualifications: Must be able to squat or crouch for long periods of time.

Benefits: Instantly see the impact you are making to preserve habitat after removing invasive plants.  Immerse yourself in natural areas that are seldom seen by visitors.  Improve the quality of a habitat and support native wildlife.

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For more information on this volunteer program and how to sign up, click here.

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