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December 2016 Newsletter
Friends Needed for Jones Swamp Wetland Preserve
District 2 is seeking volunteers to stand up and become a “Friend of Jones Swamp” by creating a committee that will one day become a nonprofit, independent of government and politics.
Unknown to many, the Jones Swamp Wetland Preserve is an amazing wildlife sanctuary in the heart of Warrington. Tucked away in an urban core, this hidden gem offers natural outdoor recreation without driving miles, including hiking, biking, bird watching and environmental education opportunities. The trails found in the preserve are part of the Southwest Greenway Walking Trail and plans are to connect Lexington Terrace Park to Tarklin Bayou State Recreational Preserve and Big Lagoon State Park via 15 miles of trail way.
Jones Swamp is owned and maintained by the county, but it really needs YOUR help to meet its potential. If citizens take ownership of this great natural asset by becoming active and engaged on a volunteer basis, Jones Swamp can become a shining star and signature for Warrington and West Pensacola as a whole. This group will serve as a "Booster Club" for the park, rallying support, pulling together volunteers and advocating for its continued preservation. Forming an organization is a way to give Jones Swamp its own specialized attention while bringing the community together. Not to mention, an organization unattached to government has the ability to exist and succeed long after a sitting commissioner’s term and without interference, ensuring that Jones Swamp remains a priority for the district and Escambia County.
District 2 is looking for those with a love of biking, birding, nature walking, all around outdoors enthusiasts, and those with talents in procuring sponsors, volunteer recruitment, fundraising, administration, technology and more. Over the holidays, start thinking about how you can contribute and become a friend of Jones Swamp.
Interested parties should contact the District 2 office at 850-595-4920 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Be safe and happy holidays from District 2!
Happy Holidays from the Escambia County!
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