Join district staff this weekend to make a difference during National Invasive Species Awareness Week

PALATKA, Fla., Feb. 22, 2016 — Observe National Invasive Species Awareness Week this Saturday, Feb. 27, by helping St. Johns River Water Management District staff hunt for a new invasive species on the Palatka to St. Augustine Trail.

“This is a great opportunity for residents to get out on district property and experience firsthand how to identify a number of invasive species in Florida,” said St. Johns River Water Management District Executive Director Dr. Ann Shortelle. “It’s through collaboration that we can continue to fight back against this type of destructive vegetation that makes it difficult for some native, more beneficial species to thrive.”

The three-hour guided hike begins at 9 a.m. at the district’s Deep Creek Conservation Area (Edgefield tract) at 473 County Road 207A, East Palatka. The event is open to both hikers and bicyclists.

Participants should wear comfortable clothing, a hat for sun protection, and bring bug spray, sunscreen, water and snacks.

The event will be canceled in case of inclement weather. To register contact District Invasive Plant Program Supervisor Deborah Stone at or call 386-643-1921.