Evaluation of Wetland Restoration Management Strategies

Northwest Florida Water Management District
04/01/02 - 03/31/03
PI: Richard A. Snyder

Wet prairie habitats are fire-dependent freshwater wetland areas along the Northern Gulf of Mexico Coast. Endemic and endangered plants in these communities are at risk due to the loss of this ecotype. The Northwest Florida Water Management District (NWFLWMD) has initiated a restoration effort to convert a slash pine plantation back to its former status as wet prairie habitat using gradual tree removal and fire. Plant community analysis (species richness, dominance, multivariate analysis) is being conducted by CEDB to compare the restoration effort to a reference site in order to quantify the restoration efficacy.