GreenLaw, Conservation Clinic team up for spring cleanup of law school woods

Published: March 28th, 2011

Category: News, Students

Clockwise from left: Erick Smith, Stephen McCullers, Rachel Bruce, Henry Perlstein and Vivek Babbar continue to make progress on the Law School Woods Restoration Project, which they hope will enable students and faculty to enjoy the area as a comfortable, natural environment.

By Henry Perlstein
Special to FlaLaw

University of Florida Levin College of Law student volunteers from GreenLaw participated in the Law School Woods Spring Cleanup Day led by GreenLaw’s Law School Woods Coordinator Henry Perlstein. The group worked nearly four hours March 20 using wheelbarrows, pitchforks and rakes to apply mulch to the western perimeter of the woods. Mulching the paths that channel sediment-laden storm-water toward Lake Alice reduces erosion. The students also worked with Erick Smith, the law school woods consulting restoration arborist, to remove invasive exotic species from the woods area.

On Thursday, nearly a dozen members of UF Law’s Conservation Clinic mulched a path from the entrance of the woods to the pavilion/study area, and planted new plants along the path. Smith also provided tools and consultation for this event. The objective in the second mulching is to encourage students to use the newly acquired park benches in the woods.

In addition to the Fall and Spring Cleanup Days, the Law School Woods Restoration Project has worked with the UF Department of Parking and Transportation to have the parking space in front of the entrance to the woods (along Village Drive) designated a no-parking zone. The project’s leaders believe it will increase visibility of the woods and improve the safety of students entering the woods from the other side of the street.

Through the university Physical Plant, members of the project have arranged to acquire additional park benches and picnic tables, and make repairs to ensure the stability of pavilion. Despite its sturdy condition and new look, the pavilion is actually quite old.

Project leaders believe that upon the completion of these plans, the woods will be an area where students can study, relax or gather in a serene, beautiful, natural and comfortable area. They hope that groups (and even classes) will be able meet there, enabling students and faculty to enjoy the woods, while carrying out their regular law school business.