Volunteers help to remove invasive plant at Serenola Forest Preserve

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB)-- Some volunteers gave back on Giving Tuesday by removing an invasive plant species from the community.

Alachua Conservation Trust volunteers were removing berries from an invasive plant called Coral Ardisia to keep the plant from spreading at the Serenola Forest Preserve in Gainesville.

“We love our volunteers at ACT,” said Heather Obara, Alachua Conservation Trust's community outreach coordinator. “We could not do what we do on a daily basis without all of them."
The invasive plant prevents the natural ecosystem from thriving because it blocks the native plant species from growing.

“We organize volunteer workdays usually about once a month to allow people who want to give back to the community and to the organization and help us not only with the work that we’re doing but also allows them to feel that they’re having an impact in their community and making a difference in protecting our environment,” Obara said.

Alachua Conservation Trust is working on scheduling another volunteer workday next month.

The forest was purchased by Alachua County last year.

Alachua Conservation Trust

Over the course of 30 years ACT has been instrumental to facilitating the conservation of over 53,000 acres of Florida land. This includes the direct purchase and protection of over 19,700 acres. We currently work across 16 counties, own 4,313 acres, and collaborate with private landowners to protect an additional 3,214 acres through conservation easements.