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Deer Lake State Park, FL: Seed Tour 2016

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On 12/28/2016 Biologists Jeff Talbert and John Bente took seven people on a tour of the history and current state of the restoration project in Deer Lake State Park, FL. We drove to two sites. First to see a problem wetland being cleared in the first stage of restoration in the NE part of the park. Then to a N central site in the next stage, cleared a year ago, where previously supressed plants are beginning to flourish. We saw several of them that have bloomed and gone to seed. Titles of each slide:
Clearing
Statement slide:
1 December tour of restoration in Deer Lake State Park, FL with two biologists who take us to site #1 to see park service clearing invasive Titi trees in wetlands
2 Map driving north around to the east and walking along a creek in mid-park north
3 Jeff Talbert, biologist with the Atlanta Botanical Garden
4 John Bente, biologist with ABG that got oil spill RESTORE funding
5 Introduction via tablet
6 Technique to take plant surveys to monitor project success
7 Densiometer index for how much light gets on the ground
8 Invasive titi trees are cut and put into a power chipper
9 Uncut trees
10 What has been cleared
11 Chips of wood must be removed from the park
12 Titi seed
13 Three-winged titi seed (should make this an insert on the 12
14 The next site was cleared last year, see what happens
Results
Statement slide:
15 Driving through forest managed with controlled burns to restoration site #2, cleared a year ago, where suppressed native plants are emerging and going to seed
16 Jeff with chalky bluestem plant
17 Chalky bluestem seed head
18 Chalky bluestem seed
19 Enjoying the older restoration site
20 White-fringed orchid seed capsules splitting
21 A single orchid seed and a white-topped pitcher plant amid titi regrowth
22 Orchid seeds are tiny and spread with the wind
23 Other decorative seeds
24 Orange flags mark plants propagated from restored natives
25 Taking it all in
26 Sphagnum moss
27 Sparkling drops caught within the pitcher plant leaf
28 Jeff helps with the photograph
29 He got a beautiful photo of a rare flower
30 Seeds in the pitcher plant flower
31 Whole purple pitcher plant seed capsules to send to ABG for propagation
32 Fascinated with tiny plants
33 Bog plant
34 Butterwort (carnivorous)
35 Carnivorous plant
36 Club moss
37 Cypress tree

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