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County begins restoration of Lyonia Preserve

Posted On: July 11, 2018

Volusia County will begin a month-long restoration project in Lyonia Preserve on Thursday, July 12.

The 360-acre scrub habitat, which is adjacent to the Deltona Regional Library and Lyonia Environmental Center, is home to threatened Florida scrub jays, gopher tortoises and other animals that thrive in the arid ecosystem.

As part of the county’s ongoing efforts to maintain the scrub habitat for scrub jays, land management workers will roller chop select areas that have become too dense. Roller choppers are used to knock down and chop up brush and trees up to about 3 inches in diameter.

Staff will mark gopher tortoise burrows, bypass less dense areas, and leave islands of oak trees.

Work will begin on the west side of Providence Boulevard, near the Deltona Regional Library, and then move to the east side after two to three weeks.

Trail closures will alternate until crews move into more remote areas. All trails will remain open on weekends throughout the project.