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July 30, 2020 Edition

County to restore scrub habitat in Spruce Creek Preserve

Posted On: July 29, 2020

Volusia County Land Management staff will begin a three-week project to reduce the height of scrub vegetation on 150 acres in Doris Leeper Spruce Creek Preserve on Thursday, July 30.

They will use a roller chopper to knock down and chop up brush and trees up to about 3 inches in diameter to keep the habitat in a healthy condition and make it more attractive to scrub wildlife, including gopher tortoises and Florida scrub jays, which prefer low brush.

Scrub is an imperiled Florida ecosystem found on high sandy ridges and is dominated by short oaks and other low vegetation, numerous open areas of white sand, and very few tall trees.

Roller chopping is used to allow for natural regeneration and wildlife improvement. The county’s goal is to bring some of the overgrown tall tees down to the ground, allowing for the natural shrubbery and natural scrub areas to regrow the way they are supposed to be.

This mechanical treatment will take place near Martin’s Dairy Road. There will be no trail closures or impact to public use.

Children and Families Advisory Board to meet Aug. 11

Posted On: July 28, 2020

The Children and Families Advisory Board will meet at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 11, in the County Council Chambers of the Thomas C. Kelly Administration Center, 123 W. Indiana Ave., DeLand.

Seating will be limited to allow for appropriate social distancing. Agencies must limit in-person attendance to one representative. Persons may also attend the meeting virtually; a link will be posted on
Those who are unable to attend the meeting may provide written comments regarding the board’s agenda by email to etoth@volusia.orgor by mail to Attn: Edina Toth, Grants Coordinator, 110 W. Rich Ave., DeLand, FL 32720. Comments received by 3 p.m. Aug. 10 will be presented to the advisory board and become part of the public record. Include your name, address and “CFAB: public participation” in your correspondence.

Members will review, evaluate and make funding recommendations for the request for service qualifications proposals and contingency applications. They will also receive an update on the funding for sickle cell disease.
The Children and Families Advisory Board assesses and evaluates strategies to meet needs, monitors program compliance, advertises funding availability, recommends appropriations for programs serving children and families, and provides recommendations to the Volusia County Council on children and family issues.

For more information, visit or call Grants Coordinator Edina Toth at 386-736-5955.
Notice under the Americans with Disabilities Act (Title II)
Pursuant to Title II of the ADA, Volusia County does not discriminate against qualified individuals with disabilities in providing or conducting its services, programs or activities. Anyone requiring an auxiliary aid or service for effective communication, or a modification of county policies to participate in a meeting or other event, should contact the county’s ADA Title II coordinator, Michelle Leigh, at 386-248-1760 no later than two business days before the event or meeting.

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