2012: CRP Project # 11-02 Galt Preserve Restoration

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Project Summary
Grant funding will allow the Conservation 20/20 program to hire a contractor who can kill invasive exotic plants from approximately 82 acres on Galt Preserve, a 265 acre preserve in Lee County, Florida. The most common invasive exotic plants on site are melaleuca (Melaleuca quinquenervia), Brazilian pepper (Schinus terebinthifolius) and Australian pines (Casuarina equisetifolia) but other invasive exotic plants that will be treated are Guinea grass (Panicum maximum), carrotwood (Cupaniopsis anacardioides), and rosary pea (Abrus precatorius).  Treatments will vary from mechanical removal of mature Brazilian pepper, killing large melaleuca in place (herbicide), and treating small exotic invasive plants with herbicide.  Treatment types are shown on the attached map and are dependent on size and species of exotic plants.  Approximately 20 acres of spoil will be planted as tropical hardwood hammock, a globally imperiled community. The former melaleuca strand which was nearly 100% melaleuca prior to the initial treatment, will be planted with marsh plants. Mature exotic plants have recently been removed and treated in other adjacent portions of the preserve.  The southern part of the preserve contains mangroves, salt marsh and an exotic monoculture of melaleuca.  Restoration of the site will benefit the native communities and allow better ecosystem function.  Volunteers will assist planting the southern spoil area and with monitoring the project.

Project Name
Galt Preserve Restoration

Project Location
Pine Island Sound Gulf Ecological Management Site, Lee County, Florida

Latitude/Longitude of the project site
26º 30’ 35.3870”  -82 5’ 17.2412”

Land Ownership
Lee County, through the Conservation 20/20 Program

Anticipated NOAA Trust Resource(s) to benefit from restoration
Mangroves and salt marshes and the commercially and recreationally important fish which spawn in mangroves such as: snook, tarpon, sheepshead, redfish, black drum, mullet, crevalle jack, spotted seatrout, mangrove snapper, cobia, and blue crab.

Project Start Date: January 1, 2021
Project End Date:  December 31, 2020

Contact Info
Cathy Olson, Conservation 20/20 Senior Supervisor
3410 Palm Beach Blvd.
Fort Myers, FL 33916