When Conservation 20/20 in 2008 acquired a 35-acre parcel on Pine Island, the property helped to finally connect the northern and southern portions of Pine Island Flatwoods Preserve. The property had formerly been used as a palm grove. In 2013, the site was cleared and prepared for restoration efforts. In 2014, the site was planted with 18,000 south Florida slash pine seedlings purchased from the Florida Forest Service.
The goal is to reestablish this former palm grove to its original pine flatwoods native habitat. The total cost of the project came to slightly more than $8,000. Continue to watch these pines grow and transform this land in the decades to come.
BEFORE: Old palm grove nursery
AFTER: Planted pine seedlings