An Action-Oriented "Invasives Awareness Week" Ends
|Formerly a Girl Scout Camp, Clay County’s Camp Chowenwaw consists of |
150 acres of beautiful forest and wetlands sitting on the banks of Black Creek
not far from the St. Johns River.
|Coral ardisia has invaded Camp Chow's woods.|
While there’s more work to do on the invasives on the property, several broad areas have been cleared of the ardisia, for now.
|Some of the volunteers at Camp Chow. Ann Stodola, park ranger is on the right|
|Being careful not to loose any berries, the ardisias are |
bagged and ready for the trash--not yard waste.
|Even without berries, it's easy to spot|
the distinctive leaves with crenate borders
--hence the species name "crenata."
|The dogwoods (Cornus florida) were|
blooming. This is why you need to
get out in the woods in spring.
|Native partridgeberry (Mitchella repens) |
were the other red-berried plants in the woods.
|Beautiful wetlands with irises (Iris spp) springing forth. I must come back |
in a few weeks to see them bloom.