District to Conduct Work Near the Flatwoods Park Trail

News Release

The Southwest Florida Water Management District will be removing vegetation near a portion of the "Flatwoods Park Trail":http://www.swfwmd.state.fl.us/recreation/areas/lh-flatwoods.html starting Dec. 11.

The work, which involves some tree removal, is required to put the Lower Hillsborough Levee in compliance with requirements of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Failure to meet the requirements would mean a loss of possible federal funding in an emergency.

Vegetation management is necessary because root systems can compromise the integrity of the levee. The levee is designed to hold back water when levels reach flood stage.

The work will be conducted near a north-south portion of the paved trail at Flatwoods Park from the Bruce B. Downs entrance to the point the trail turns east. The recreation trail will remain open but visitors are asked to exercise caution when near the work area.

A District staff member will be on hand to provide information to visitors during the work, which is expected to last about one month. For more information, call 800-423-1476, ext. 4222.