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Orange Lake plant treatments scheduled

News Release

Friday, October 14, 2016

Media contact: Karen Parker, 386-754-1294

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is planning to conduct aquatic plant control treatments via helicopter on Orange Lake.

During the week of Oct. 17-21, aquatic plants will be treated on two areas of Orange Lake in Alachua County, weather permitting:

  • 60 acres on the south shore of McIntosh Bay immediately east of the Heagy-Burry Boat Ramp.
  • 40 acres on the west shore of the main lake immediately south of the Mike’s Fish Camp canal.

The goal of the treatments is to restore shallow marsh habitat by controlling excessive growth of willows and other woody shrubs on the bottom of the lake, which resulted from the 2012-13 drought. This will benefit fish and wildlife habitat, and improve access for boaters, anglers and waterfowl hunters.

The prescribed treatments are based on the habitat mapping and analysis of the lake conducted by the FWC Orange Creek Basin Interagency Working Group. They are consistent with the Orange Lake Habitat Management Plan, recently developed in collaboration with the local stakeholder community. Both of these documents are available at: OrangeCreekBasin.wordpress.comExternal Website

The herbicide selected for the Orange Lake treatments is approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for use in lakes. No treatment-related restrictions on fishing, swimming or irrigation are necessary.

For additional details regarding the upcoming herbicide application on Orange Lake, contact Patrick McCord, project manager, at 352-732-1225. 

During the same time frame, the FWC also will be assisting the St. Johns River Water Management District with a similar treatment aimed at improving shallow marsh habitat for waterfowl and other wetland-associated wildlife on the Orange Creek Restoration Area, east of Highway 301 near Orange Lake. The vegetation targeted for treatment includes 220 acres of cattail, willow and floating tussocks within the Public Small Game Hunting Area on the lake.



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