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YEAR 2008 - CRP Project #7006

Project #7006
Heart Mountain Farm
Fisheries Habitat Restoration

Hillsborough, Florida

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Project name:   Heart Mountain Farm - Fisheries Habitat Restoration Project  
Project number:   7006  
Project status:   Complete  
Grant Administrator:   Gulf of Mexico Foundation (for NOAA)  
Grantee:   Preserving the Environment thru Ecological Restoration, Inc.  
Project location:   Hillsborough County, Florida  
Grant period:   Jan 1 - Dec 31, 2020  
Grant amount:   $65,000  
Land Ownership:   Hillsborough Environmental Lands Acquisition & Protection Program (ELAPP)  
Lat/Long: 27.7067 -82.4884
Types of Habitat:   Marsh, mangrove and seagrass communities  
Project leader:   Thomas F. Ries
Board President
5892 E. Fowler Ave.
Tampa, Fl. 33716

Species Benefiting From Restoration:
   Snook (Centropomus undecimalis)
   Redfish (Sciaenops ocellatus)
   Spotted Sea Trout (Cunoscion nebulosus)
   Atlantic Sturgeon (Acipenser oxyrhynchus)

Acres of Habitat To be Restored:
Approximately 3.5 acres

Project Summary:
To restore critical oligohaline habitat essential for fisheries utilization for this portion of Tampa Bay. This project will restore/create up to 25 acres of oligohaline and mesohaline environs. In addition, the balance of the site will be restored by the removal of the exotic vegetation and planted with native transitional and upland plants. This will result in the restoration of the entire 43-acre site.

Project Objectives: The objectives are to restore oligohaline habitats for the Cockroach Bay Aquatic Preserve and Tampa Bay in general. In addition, all of the exotic vegetation will be removed from the site (both wetland and upland areas). The site will be planted with native vegetation with the help of volunteers to help instill a sense of site ownership since this site will be open to the public. Educational signage will also be installed (in the future) to educate the public of the critical importance of these types of areas for fisheries and avifaunal species.

Community Involvement:
The community will be involved with this project in the form of a large scale volunteer planting effort. This will be organized after the construction has been completed and will entail the installation of approximately 50,000 intertidal plants which could be planted in two distinct volunteer events. PEER staff have coordinated many of these types of plantings (up 23,000 plants were installed in a 3 hour period). These volunteer opportunities are extremely productive, not only in the money saved, but more importantly in the educational and civic pride results that are achieved. We have already contacted a number of local volunteer groups (Tampa Audubon, East Bay High School, Bay Buddies, etc.) and all have expressed an interest in assisting us with these planting events.

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NOAA Restoration Center

Gulf of Mexico Foundation

Preserving the Environment thru Ecological Restoration (PEER)

Hillsborough County ELAPP

The SWIM Program

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