CESI Monitoring Project 03-6


Rare Plant Monitoring and Restoration on Long Pine Key, Everglades National Park
George D. Gann, Kirsten N. Hines, Sonali Saha, & Keith A. Bradley

Brassia caudata outplanting
Spider orchid, Brassia caudata, outplanting trial

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The composition of the vegetation of Long Pine Key, located within Everglades National Park, is one of the clearest examples of the confluence of temperate and sub-tropical species in south Florida. As part of this project, surveys of this area were conducted and locations of rare plant populations were mapped for further study and resource protection. A monitoring program was implemented to evaluate how regional restoration activities may affect rare plant populations, particularly those in marl prairies, which are the wetter of the environments in Long Pine Key. Many federally and state-listed threatened and endangered species depend on preservation, protection, and restoration of the Long Pine Key area, which includes pinelands and hammocks growing on limestone substrate. This project also implemented initiatives to restore and enhance the species diversity of Long Pine Key through propagation and germination of the rare plants.




Final Report Image

Final Report



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Last updated: February 16, 2018

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