Sunrise Rotary “Make a Difference” Day

Kneeling: Fred Beck and Bob Segur. Standing left to right: Mike Gilbert, Bruce Birch, Bruce Vermette, John Flynn, Keith Rowley, Cody Rowley, Kale Dailey, Tom Shirley, Karl Kokomoor, and Phil Stutzman. Top: Jim Harrison. Not pictured Jay Linden and Mark Grossenbacher.

Kneeling: Fred Beck and Bob Segur. Standing left to right: Mike Gilbert, Bruce Birch, Bruce Vermette, John Flynn, Keith Rowley, Cody Rowley, Kale Dailey, Tom Shirley, Karl Kokomoor, and Phil Stutzman. Top: Jim Harrison. Not pictured Jay Linden and Mark Grossenbacher.

On Saturday morning, May 3rd, Jim Harrison led members of the Lemon Bay Sunrise Rotary in a “Make a Difference” work day at Lemon Bay Conservancy’s Wildflower Preserve.

The Rotarians started the morning with a quick visit to see the juvenile tarpon research project underway at Lemon Creek.  Then, they set to work clearing invasive Brazilian Pepper trees around one of the preserve ponds.

Keith Rowley runs a pole saw.

Keith Rowley runs a pole saw.

The work was made more difficult by the steep sides on the old golf course pond, a heavy growth of Muscadine vines enveloping the trees, and very humid weather conditions.

Kale Dailey cuts a large Brazilian Pepper trunk.

Kale Dailey cuts a large Brazilian Pepper trunk.

Despite the challenges, the group worked quickly to cleared a 100 foot section of the pond banks before heavy rains set in and cut the work session short.

Mark Grossenbacher hauls away debris.

Mark Grossenbacher hauls away debris.

Our thanks to the Rotarians for helping out!
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Founded in 1971, Lemon Bay Conservancy is a not-for-profit land trust based in Englewood, Florida. Our long-range vision is: "To forever protect and preserve the natural features of Lemon Bay, Charlotte Harbor, their surrounding waters and uplands, and vital fish and wildlife habitat, through property preservation, environmental education and advocacy for sustainable land and water conservation policies and practices." To support that long-range vision, we focus our mission in three areas: Saving Land; Environmental education; and Advocacy for sustainable environmental policies.

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