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For Immediate Release: April 7, 2015
Contact: Jan Thornburg, Sr. Communications Manager 941-954-2613


Invasive Tree Removal Planned For N. Lido Park April 13-17


Sarasota, FL: Crews will begin removing invasive Australian pine trees in North Lido Park on Monday, April 13.  The park will remain open during the removal, which is expected to continue throughout the week.  Residents may see and hear heavy machinery and crews working from 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily.


In an effort to bolster the ecosystem in North Lido Park, a total of 34 Australian pines will be removed.   The invasive pines will be replaced by the end of April with native vegetation and Florida trees, including cabbage palms, gumbo limbo and red cedar trees.

“Australian pines are invasive exotic tropical plants,” said Todd Kucharski, Public Works General Manager and certified arborist.  “They negatively impact the ecosystem by overtaking the area and preventing vegetation from growing. That, subsequently, limits the wildlife nearby. So, this tree removal will really improve the habit for birds and other animals.”


For more information about Australian pines visit the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission website:

The City of Sarasota received a $10,000 matching grant from the Florida Division of Forestry to remove invasive trees and plants.


For more information contact Todd Kucharski, Public Works General Manager:  941-365-2200 ext. 6303.


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