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FWC transplants aquatic plants to help restore Lake Istokpoga

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Monday, May 08, 2017

Media contact: Gary Morse, 863-648-3852

Thousands of aquatic plants are being transplanted into Lake Istokpoga in an effort to help restore this popular shallow-water bass fishing lake in Highlands County.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) this week begins a major aquatic habitat restoration effort on Lake Istokpoga. It involves planting 30,000 jointed spikerush plants, 10,000 maidencane plants and 10,000 Kissimmee grass plants along the lake’s western and northern shorelines.

These native aquatic plants will serve as a valuable food source and habitat for many fish and wildlife species, including the Everglade snail kite. They also will enhance the chances that anglers will be able to catch largemouth bass, crappie and panfish on Lake Istokpoga.

This aquatic habitat restoration project is designed to enhance the biodiversity of the native plant community in the lake’s shallow-water marshes as part of ongoing restoration and habitat enhancement activities for Lake Istokpoga.

For more information about this project, contact Carly Althoff with the FWC’s Aquatic Habitat Conservation and Restoration Section at 863-697-6323.



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