October 4, 2022

Florida Trail- Kammer Wiregrass Restoration Site

Florida Trail- Kammer Wiregrass Restoration Site

Since 2022

In Florida, US


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About this site

Located within the Econfina Creek Water Management Area, sandhill communities like this once covered a significant portion of the southeastern United States stretching from Virginia to Texas. This specific sandhill site is being utilized as a wiregrass donor
site to help restore native groundcover species within the Econfina Creek Water Management Area.  

Wiregrasses and other fine fuels are beneficial in carrying
frequent, low-intensity fires which are critical in reducing competing
hardwoods and other vegetation and promoting species diversity.  

Sandhill was historically widespread on well-drained sands
throughout the southeastern U.S. Coastal Plain and was once a major part of an extensive mosaic of natural communities dominated by longleaf pines.  

The longleaf pine ecosystem has experienced a 98-percent decline
in acreage throughout its range, and is considered critically endangered (Noss et al. 1995; Stein et al. 2000). From 1936 to 1995, Florida experienced a 90-percent decline in longleaf pinelands due to conversion to pine plantations, development, and agriculture (Kautz 1998).   

About Northwest Florida Water Management District

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is the state’s lead agency for environmental management and stewardship – protecting our air, water and land. The vision of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection is to create strong community partnerships, safeguard Florida’s natural resources and enhance its ecosystems.


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