City of Maitland issued the following announcement on Nov. 22.
The City of Maitland soon will begin long-term improvements to restore wetland areas impacted by the invasive growth of exotic plants and trees.
The program will start with treatment or removal of various non-native plants along shorelines or wetlands at five city properties: Lake Sybelia Beach Park, Homer Hough Park at Sybelia Point, Minnehaha Park, Maitland Community Park and a large wetland on Temple Trail near Tuscarora Trail.
The goal is to clear overgrowth that is choking out important native vegetation needed to sustain fish and wildlife, stabilize wetland soils, reduce erosion and create healthy tree canopies. Areas will be regularly maintained to encourage native growth. In some locations, new native plants will be added.
Exotics will be manually removed or treated with herbicides approved by the federal Environmental Protection Agency and registered for use by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Signs will be posted in areas prior to treatments.
Areas of wetland at Maitland Community Park west of Arapaho Trail and Thunderbird Trail will be managed to address skunk vine, air potato and cat’s claw that blanket or crowd native plants.
Exotics will be targeted along 150 feet of Lake Sybelia Beach, providing more open shoreline for native plant growth. Aquatic species will be planted including native duck potato, pickerelweed and bulrush. About 200 feet of lakefront property will be addressed south of the existing dock at Homer Hough Park at Lake Sybelia Point.
The project will clear exotic plants such as skunk vine, primrose willow and Brazilian pepper tree from about 2 acres of wetland at Minnehaha Park. A wetland off of Temple Trail near Tuscarora Trail also will undergo plant management.
Removal of fast-growing exotics is vital to help protect Florida’s natural ecosystems. The state’s warm climate is ideal for more than 1,300 known exotic plants to flourish.
Residents can help to control the problem by managing exotic plants on their properties.
The best strategy is not to introduce invasive exotic plants into home landscaping. Identifying and removing existing invasive plants will prevent the spread of exotic seeds into the wild by birds, animals and the wind. For questions about Maitland’s exotic plant management program, call (407) 539-6223.
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Source: City of Maitland