Green Team Plantings Promote SCF Venice Environmental Health, Beautification

(Bradenton, Fla., January 28, 2015) — State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) Green Team, in partnership with the Venice Facilities Department led by Robert Tecarr, will plant trees for the beautification and environmental health of SCF Venice at 12:30 p.m. Feb. 6.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will be hosted in commemoration of Florida Arbor Day, which is in January. Live oak, sweet gum and red maple trees will be planted along the SCF Venice Fit Trail to provide shade and color. Volunteers should meet outside building 600 near the picnic tables at SCF Venice.

The SCF Venice Green Team, in partnership with the Student Government Association and SCF Facilities Department, also will complete a Pinewoods Preservation Project at 12:30 p.m. Feb. 13 to prune saw palmetto and laurel oaks and allow Florida Slash Pines and other herbs to reseed and grow. The project, which simulates a controlled burn, contributes to the overall ecosystem health by increasing plant diversity and giving more animals food and shelter.

Future SCF students in environmental ethics and biology courses taught by professors Woody McCree and Andy Swanson may participate in studying the effects of the project on the living ecosystem of SCF Venice.

Led by Woody McCree, associate professor, art, design, humanities, and Green Team chair, the SCF Green Team is a group of students, faculty and staff who work in collaboration to design and implement projects that maintain the natural beauty and the environmental significance of SCF Venice.

Heather Shehorn, coordinator, student services, also assisted with planning the event.

For more information, contact McCree at 941-408-1503. Maps and directions are online at

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