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Ungarelli Preserve

A blighted property transformed

Manatee County, Florida

Manatee County engaged Stantec ecologists to help determine project goals and strategies for enhancing this awkwardly shaped, overgrown 31.3 acre site into a passive recreation area that would benefit the local community.

We developed and permitted a restoration plan that converted highly degraded uplands on the site to coastal hammock and removed spoil from wetland areas to improve hydrology. The plan also included the placement of fill on an upland island, which required a temporary wetland impact to mangrove habitat that will be restored. Our plan will eventually remove the overgrown nuisance and undesirable plant species, enhance the mangrove swamp and provide public access and educational opportunities.

The site presented poor soil conditions, low upland elevations, and temporary wetland impacts. However, our team was able to successfully navigate these challenges and present a comprehensive restoration plan to the county that will provide for the conservation of our ever valuable coastal habitats in Southwest Florida.

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