With lead management responsibility for 1.5 million
acres in Florida, FWC staff have developed and implemented various
types of restoration projects statewide. There are three aspects to
restoration on FWC managed lands, hydrologic restoration, ground
cover restoration, and exotic species control. The state map details which counties are in which FWC
region and the three links provide project information by
Hydrologic restoration begins with an assessment of the property
to determine where basins/sub-basins are located and how water
should naturally flow across the property. After the assessment,
recommended structures and projects are implemented and then the
hydrology of the site is monitored to ensure that the structures
are working properly.
Ground cover restoration focuses on areas of a property that have
been altered from the native vegetation to non-native or off-site
vegetation, which has damaged, degraded, or destroyed the native
ground cover that once existed. As with hydrologic restoration,
these projects begin with a site assessment and then a restoration
plan is written and implemented. Recovery of the ground cover is
monitored and adaptive management is applied as necessary.
Exotic species control is a continuous effort for FWC staff,
especially with the neighboring urban/suburban growth rates that
surround FWC managed lands. Control efforts begin with a site
assessment to determine where exotics occur and at what densities.
Each WMA may have their own specific problems, but solutions to
controlling exotics are typically similar.