Monday, October 15, 2007

Cabbage Palms Saved At Lake Okeechobee

Corps Of Engineers Moves Trees

LAKEPORT, FL. -- Approximately 600 cabbage palms have been uprooted from the banks of Harney Pond and Indian Prairie Canals—tributaries of Lake Okeechobee—over 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.


  1. Anonymous11:19 AM

    I have a question for you... what are they doing on SR 80 east of Labelle and west of Clewiston? They're removing the old grass on the side of the road and putting in new sod. I was just curious why they were doing that. You can email at- cesstrelle AT aol DOT com

  2. Anonymous9:32 AM

    They are replacing grass and spending money so that FDOT can tell us how much they spent in Hendry County to improve our roads.
    Nevermind that this grass will all be replaced when they 4 lane SR80
    What a waste of our money.