Lake Hollingsworth Clearing

Lake Hollingsworth LifeIs the beauty of a lake in its serene surface or the plant and animal life of its shoreline? It has to be a mix of the two, and you shouldn’t remove the shore life simply for an unobstructed view of the lake. Anyone who walks Lake Hollingsworth lately has found it easier to see the water. Florida Southern University hired a crew to clear the shore line. Ledger columnist Tom Palmer addresses the work in today’s column:

I guess the most offensive part of the work isn’t what the college’s work crew removed, but what it left behind.

The workers cut down or lopped off pines, willows and oaks, but left standing were 20 Chinese tallow trees, which federal wildlife officials consider the worst invasive tree species in the Southeast. One Brazilian pepper, another troublesome invader, also remained untouched.

The brush-clearing project has given both invaders ideal conditions to further infest the shoreline.

A better-thought-out plan would have been welcome. — The Nature of Things

Read the Chinese Tallow and Brazilian pepper links. You’ll wonder why FSC kept those trees. The photo is from Anchor Park in May 2005. That day we also saw a couple of rabbits and a really fast turtle. Much was cleared from around the lake after that date. We didn’t see any ducks in that area in 2006.

Photo CC by Chuck Welch