Audubon vol­un­teers save trees with move to Bing­ham Is­land

Trans­planted to avoid de­struc­tion, large na­tive species also sur­vive Irma.

Palm Beach Daily News - - FRONT PAGE - By ALEESE KOPF

Vol­un­teers saved more than two dozen trees from the chop­ping block this sum­mer.

And luck­ily, many of those trees were spared by Hur­ri­cane Irma last month.

Audubon Florida in June up­rooted and re­planted about 30 na­tive trees, in­clud­ing sa­bal palms — Florida’s state tree — that were slated to be cut down by the Florida De­part­ment of Trans­porta­tion to make room for bridge con­struc­tion equip­ment on the South­ern Boule­vard Cause­way. A tem­po­rary bridge is be­ing built that will be used while the ex­ist­ing South­ern Boule­vard bridge and the tide re­lief bridge are re­placed.

The con­ser­va­tion or­ga­ni­za­tion moved the trees from the cause­way to ad­ja­cent Bing­ham Is­land, part of the Audubon Is­lands Sanc­tu­ary, where botanists and vol­un­teers are work­ing on a restoration pro­ject.

“We were in the midst of plant­ing na­tive trees and plants in the sanc­tu­ary when we saw those red rib­bons tied

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