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Blooming season nearly here and volunteers needed

The opening of the 2017 Trout Lily blooming season is just days away and local volunteers are being sought to serve as greeters and trail leaders for the upcoming season.
Expertise is not required and volunteers will be trained and provided interesting facts about trout lilies and the history of the Wolf Creek Preserve.
The volunteer training session is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 11, from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. at the preserve, which is located just off U.S. 84 on Wolf Creek Road between Whigham and Cairo.
Volunteers typically welcome visitors, provide maps and talk about the hiking paths. Tour guides will actually walk the paths with groups of visitors.
Those interested in volunteering or learning how to help are asked to call 229-378-7610.
In the event of inclement weather on Feb. 11, the training will be rescheduled.
The Wolf Creek tract consists of approximately 140 acres of highly diverse hardwood forest that is home to over 15 acres blanketed by trout lilies that usually bloom in February.
In addition to the 15 acres of dense trout lilies, there are also exceptional concentrations of many rare wildflowers, native orchids, and a hardwood forest of “high species diversity.”
This property has been permanently conserved since 2009 by the Grady County Board of Commissioners through a grant from the Georgia Land Conservation Program and the generous donations of the former owners, nature groups and many interested citizens.
The Wolf Creek Preserve is one of the largest and most dense concentrations of dimpled trout lilies ever found.

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