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Perico Preserve Restoration

Abandoned farmland restored in Manatee County

Manatee County, Florida

Creating a wildlife habitat from a 175-acre parcel of abandoned farmland was no small task, but our ecologists helped Manatee County achieve that lofty goal by creating upland, wetland and intertidal wildlife habitats and replacing exotic invasive plants with plants native to coastal south Tampa Bay.

Encompassing habitats from coastal scrub to mangroves, the Perico Preserve Restoration included large-scale direct seeding (to establish ground cover) and planting of containerized trees and shrubs with over 100 plant species specified to return botanical diversity to this site.

Our ecologists solved challenges associated with this site by implementing an overall restoration of the property while accommodating constantly changing uses of the property including mitigation needs for offsite projects, volunteer planting of wetland creation areas, identifying a potential seagrass mitigation site, and maintaining high construction and implementation standards for the designed habitats. When complete, Perico Preserve will be a unique site where fish and wildlife will thrive and residents of Manatee County will have an opportunity to experience rare habitats up close.

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