Palm Beach County seeks volunteers to “adopt” natural areas

A photo taken at the Pine Glades Natural Area, west of Jupiter Farms.  (Photo: Tania Melendez)

Pine Glades Natural Area, west of Jupiter Farms. (Photo: Tania Melendez)

Palm Beach County is looking for people willing to adopt not puppies, but natural areas.

The county has put out the call for its Adopt-A-Natural Area program, in which local groups and agencies provide volunteers who organize events such as trash pickups, restoration plantings, invasive plant removal, public education events, and guided tours.

“It’s a win-win for all parties,” County Commissioner Steven Abrams said in a release.  “The county’s natural areas are a local treasure and we are always thrilled to partner with groups interested in volunteering and promoting them.”

The county’s Department of Environmental Resources Management maintains more than 31,000 acres of natural areas and greenways, including 19 natural areas that offer hiking trails, horseback riding, bicycling, and fishing.