In January of 2006, $131,250 was granted from the Florida Department of Agriculture through the Emergency Hurricane Supplemental Urban and Community Forestry grant program. With matching funds from the Conservation 20/20 management funds, the project was started in June 2006.
The project focused on the removal of Australian pine and melaleuca, along with other invasive exotic plants found in the project area. There were three phases of the project which included the following methods: excavator, hand felling, and herbicide treatments. The site was an extremely tricky one because equipment had to be barged to the northern portions of the Preserve along the river. Time of completion for all phases was May 2007 with re-treatments at 6 months, 1 year and then as necessary. Look for the work as you drive down McGregor Boulevard on the north side just south of Deep Lagoon Marina. Staff has been excited to see dozens of birds taking advantage of the newly restored areas that were once choked with exotics.
The northern peninsula & pasture areas: Before exotic removal - 2004
Four years after exotic plant removal - 2010 (north of McGregor Boulevard)