North Peninsula State Park to Continue Salt Marsh Restoration Work

Jan. 09, 2015

ORMOND BY THE SEA – Work is set to reconvene on the ongoing salt marsh restoration project along John Anderson Drive in North Peninsula State Park in Volusia County. Mobilization to complete phase three of the project is expected to begin Jan. 12.

The work will take place along the west side of John Anderson Drive approximately three-quarters of a mile south of Highbridge Road. Contractors will restore another nine acres of historic salt marsh that was filled with spoil material during the dredging of the Intracoastal Waterway in the early 1900s.

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s North Peninsula State Park continues its partnership with the St. Johns River Water Management District and the Floridan Resource Conservation and Development Council on this project. This work, funded by a grant from NOAA’s Southeast Aquatic Resources Partnership and St. Johns River Water Management District, is the continuation of the project’s third phase.

The marsh restoration project at North Peninsula State Park began in September 2009. Phases one and two, completed in November 2011, are located along the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway north of Highbridge Road and west of A1A. Phase 3 of the project originally began in February 2013.

“Restoring the marsh at North Peninsula State Park will create a healthy, productive saltmarsh habitat for a wide range of plants and animals,” said Florida Park Service Director Donald Forgione. “This restoration will create several scenic vistas, increasing opportunities for hiking, fishing and bird watching.”

During the project, heavy equipment will be brought in to clear existing vegetation and assist in the removal of spoil material. Once the area is graded to match elevations in adjacent marshes, re-vegetation will begin and native vegetation will be reintroduced into the restoration area. The park will enlist volunteer assistance in the planting activities of the project.

Salt marsh is a natural community that is vital in maintaining thriving aquatic habitats. Often called nurseries of the sea, salt marsh provides a vital nesting and feeding habitat for many aquatic plants and animals. For further information contact Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area at 386-517-2086 or click here.

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