EEL Help Opportunity

Support the EEL Program on National Public Lands Day

Make plans to get out into our local natural areas in September and help support the improvement efforts by volunteering your time with Brevard’s Environmentally Endangered Lands organization.

National Public Lands Day will be on September 28 and provides an opportunity to enjoy our Florida nature while making an impact on maintaining the areas for future enjoyment by all.   The EEL program is an important effort to maintain some of the most interesting and endangered public lands in the Space Coast area and has a couple of group efforts planned to give you a chance to volunteer.

Provided below is an article from our Brevard County Parks department with contact information for those able to donate some of their time and effort.  If you can’t get out to one of these destinations on National Public Lands Day this year, get in touch with some of these contacts to see what other volunteer programs are planned for other dates.  You can make a real impact on supporting our native areas while enjoying and learning about the area at the same time.

Article from Brevard County Parks:

EEL Program plans workdays for National Public Lands Day, Sept. 28 2013

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. — The Environmentally Endangered Lands (EEL) Program is organizing two workdays in celebration of the 20th Anniversary of National Public Lands Day on Sept. 28. It’s the nation’s largest single-day volunteer effort for public lands.

Invasive Species Removal at Pine Island Conservation Area: Help remove invasive plants from the salt marsh at Pine Island Conservation Area. Participants should wear long pants and close-toed shoes. Work gloves, bug spray, and sunscreen are recommended. Be prepared to get a little wet. A walking tour of the site will be offered. Meet at 9:00 am at the site entrance, 2100 Pine Island Road, Merritt Island. For more information, contact Damien Keene at damien.keene@brevardparks.com or (321) 449-4720.

Trail Marking at Micco Scrub Sanctuary: Help mark and open a new trail section in Micco Scrub Sanctuary. Work will include trimming, cutting, mowing, and marking of the new trail. Bring water, sunscreen, and bug spray. Tools will be provided. Meet at the Sanctuary entrance, 500 Micco Road, Palm Bay. For more information, contact Chris O’Hara at chris.ohara@brevardparks.com or (321) 302-1773.
Throughout the month of September, the EEL Program will offer prizes to individuals who respond to questions on one or more of the Programs social media platforms. You can follow the EEL Program on Twitter @BrevardEELPrg or Facebook @eelbrevard; @samshousepineisland; @EnchantedForestSanctuary; and @BrevardCountyBarrierIsland Center.

Learn more about National Public Lands Day by visiting www.publiclandsday.org. Information on the Brevard County Environmentally Endangered Lands Program is at www.eelbrevard.com

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