The Friends of De Soto National Memorial have received a matching donation of up to $5,000.00 to assist in the preservation of the trees and the culturally significant landscape they represent at the park. Park Superintendent Jorge Acevedo had this to say: “We are very fortunate to have people in the community that are so generous and love the park. The Johnston Family Foundation has pleaded to donate $5,000.00 towards the $10,000 needed to treat all 14 trees. “That means we are over the half-way point in the fund raising campaign”.
As many of you know, our trees have been infected by a fungus called Ganoderma, which is a live wood feeding fungus that creates conk shape fruit at the base of the trees. This disease is capable of causing the death of all remaining Gumbo Limbos. That’s why in order to properly maintain this landscape we are following recommendations from subject matter experts, to put in place a strategic program designed to provide the root and overall health and nutrients needed for these trees to thrive for present and future visitors to our park.
In order to finance these efforts our Friends of De Soto National Memorial begun a campaign (Help Save the Gumbo Limbos) few months ago to raise $10,000 to pay for the treatment and care of the trees as well as awareness of the cultural significance our park represents for the local community and the hundreds of thousands of visitor that have and will enjoy our park. With this milestone donation from the Johnson Family Foundation we hope many others get encourage to join us reach our $10,000 goal!
De Soto National Memorial and the Friends of De Soto would like to thank those
who already donated to the fund to save Gumbo Limbos Trees and invite others to do the same. To donate, please visit www.friendsofdesoto.org
The Friends Of De Soto Inc. is a not for profit organization that supports and promotes the park and all of its efforts.
DeSoto National Memorial is located at 8300 De Soto Memorial Hwy, Bradenton 34209. On I-75 take exit 220 SR-64 Manatee Ave. Go west to 75th street. Travel north, the park is located at the terminus of 75th street. De Soto National Memorial is open seven days a week. The Visitor Center is open from 9 a.m. till 5 p.m. park grounds are open from sunrise to sunset.
For more information visit our website http://www.nps.gov/deso
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