Corps Of Engineers Moves Trees
LAKEPORT, FL. -- Approximately 600 cabbage palms have been uprooted from the banks of Harney Pond and Indian Prairie Canalstributaries of Lake Okeechobeeover concerns that their presence could jeopardize the integrity of the dikes. Cabbage Palms, also known as Sabal Palms, are native to Florida and were adopted as the official state tree in 1953.
Cabbage Palms are slow growers and provide excellent roosting and nesting habit for raptors. Because of these attributes, the environmental stewardship staff set out to salvage as many of these trees as possible. Over 100 palms were flagged in Indian Prairie Canal to be transplanted at various lakeside sites. Six of largest trees will be introduced into the Clewiston office butterfly garden. The bulk of the palms will be planted at the Swallow-tailed Kite Nature Trail off Highway 78 near Sportsman Canal.