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City of Maitland - Press Releases
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PHASE ONE OF EAR TREE SUPPRESSION ON DOG ISLAND COMPLETED
Maitland, FL. --(August 15, 2000)-- The City of Maitland in conjunction with the City of Winter Park began phase one of the Ear Tree Eradication Program on Dog Island on Thursday, August 10, 2000.   The Ear Trees are an invasive species that quickly take over wherever they are.  They also can spread rapidly to other shoreline properties along Lake Maitland making removal essential.     

The first phase of the program included the cutting or trimming of trees creating a safety hazard along with the spraying of branches with Garlon to prevent spreading.  Phase two will encompass the removal of branches from the beaches and island to prevent the development of rodent and reptile habitats.  

At the completion of this program a Boy Scout troupe plans to install four nest boxes as safe havens for the following bird species: Red Shoulder Hawks, Barred and Barn Owls, Downy Woodpeckers, and Wood Ducks.  This “Bird Habitat Enhancement Project” is a joint venture with the Audubon Society, The City of Maitland, and the Boy Scouts.          

“This project enabled us to not only further safety issues, but also help our environment,” commented public works director, Tony Leffin.  “We are also pleased to have great associates like the City of Winter Park, the Audubon Society, and the Boy Scouts as partners in this great project,” continued Leffin.


    
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For  More Information:
Tonya Elliott, Public Relations Representative, (407) 539-0320




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