Wetlands and natural areas, either created or preserved, require diligent maintenance. And this maintenance requires an in-depth knowledge of the many plants and animals that reside in these unique areas. LAKE AND WETLAND MANAGEMENT, INC. specializes in maintaining and restoring natural areas and wetlands, whether through a regular maintenance contract or a large-scale removal of invasive vegetation such as Brazilian Pepper and Melalueca. Our highly trained staff is licensed in Natural Area Weed Management to properly protect your preserves and maintain compliance with environmental permits.
The Importance of Wetlands & Natural Areas
Either urban or agricultural uses occupy over 50% of the total land area in Florida, and every year more natural lands are lost to these forces. With these natural areas goes their habitats, ecology and vegetation.
Nevertheless, there are over 9 million acres of conservation lands in the Sunshine State, and over 60% of these non-submerged areas are wetlands. Since our founding and operation, Lake and Wetland Management, Inc. has been dedicated to maintaining and restoring every inch of every acre of these wetlands. Without them, Florida’s natural ecology becomes unstable. Invasive species compete with vegetation that nourishes the land and can often even reduce the incidence of forest fires.
Natural Area Weed Wetland Management
The Lake and Wetland team is licensed and trained in Natural Area Weed Management, which is one of the most significant aspects of wetland maintenance. This means we are certified to identify and rectify the occurrence of invasive plants, which are nonnative vegetation with uncontrollable growth rates that threaten the existence of natural plants.
Almost one-third of Florida’s plant species are nonnative plants that disrupt the natural ecology by displacing native vegetation and competing with them for resources, such as water and sunlight. These plants include:
- Category I: Exotic species that have become disruptive to the extent that they have displaced or hybridized with native plants (melaleuca, Brazilian pepper, Australian pine, shoebutton ardisia, etc.).
- Category II: Exotic species that have not become as disruptive as Category I plants, but are nevertheless threatening with regard to their prevalence or growth rate (Guinea grass, castor bean, queen palm, wedelia, etc.).
Whether maintaining Florida’s natural wetlands requires mechanical, biological or chemical means, our beautiful state has always trusted one company to get the job done: Lake and Wetland Management, Inc
Wherever Florida’s natural plant life is threatened, we will be there to manage the invasion and restore the natural areas. Give us a call today!