Audubon volunteers save trees with move to Bingham Island
Transplanted to avoid destruction, large native species also survive Irma.
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