Teens join battle to save environment
The Pinellas County Youth Advisory Committee will join the battle against invasive plant species, like this Brazilian pepper plant shown at left,by digging into a community service project at Fort De Soto Park on Saturday (April 28) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Students are invited to join the high school members of the Youth Advisory Committee as they remove invasive plants from the park, a task that is "vitally important to keep the area vibrant, healthy and ecologically friendly for native vegetation and wildlife," a county press release says.
Participating students will earn community service hours while contributing to the maintenance of the largest park in the Pinellas County parks system. The 1,136-acre park is made up of five interconnected islands, home to beach plants, mangroves, wetlands, palm hammocks, hardwoods and scores of native plants. Each of these species plays a vital role in the preservation and protection of the natural environment.
Work clothes, gloves and a bagged lunch are recommended for this community service project. To register, go to the event's website or call (727) 582-2656.
The members of the Pinellas County Youth Advisory Committee are high school students who provide input and assistance to the Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners. Membership is open to high school students who reside in Pinellas County.
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