Melaleuca Eradication and Other Exotic Plants
The Melaleuca Eradication and Other Exotic Plants Research Annex Groundbreaking Ceremony was held Tuesday May 10, 2011.
The primary benefits of this project include preventing the expansion of invasive exotic plant species into natural areas, reducing coverage and density of invasive exotic species and increasing the effectiveness of biological control technologies to manage invasive species. Secondary benefits include promoting the re-establishment of native plants, restoring native habitat for native bird and wildlife species, and reducing stressors on rare, threatened and endangered species.
The project includes: (1) upgrading and retrofitting the current quarantine facility in Gainesville, and (2) large-scale rearing of approved biological control organisms for release at multiple sites within the south Florida ecosystem to control Melaleuca, Brazilian pepper, Australian pine, and Old World climbing fern.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers:
Kimberly Vitek, Project Manager
Jennifer Leeds, Project Manager
|Project Sponsor:||South Florida Water Management District|
|Project Schedule:||For scheduling information regarding this project, please see the Master Implementation Sequencing Plan (MISP).|
|Project Phase:||Pre-Construction, Engineering and Design|
|Design Agreement:||Amended (2004)|
|CERP Component Designation:||OPE|
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|Authorization:||WRDA 2000 (Programmatic Authority)|