Management of Invasive Species on County Property
A Multi-County, Multi-Agency Effort
Several County properties are actively being treated and monitored for invasive plants, especially Brazilian pepper and Chinese tallow. Several County employees are active members of the First Coast Invasive Working Group, a five county task force working to prevent and control invasive species in Baker, Clay, Duval, Nassau, and St. Johns Counties. Invasive species don’t adhere to political boundaries, so it is essential to have collaborative partnerships throughout northeast Florida in our effort to prevent the spread of invasive species and restore native habitat.
Within St. Johns County, land managers representing agencies such as the County, Guana-Tolomato-Matanzas NERR, Florida Wildlife Commission, Department of Environmental Protection and the Nature Conservancy have joined forces and are now actively removing invasive species from public sites on a monthly basis!!
Active Areas in St. Johns
County parks and preserve areas that now have active removal, management and monitoring include:
- Alpine Groves Park
- Canopy Shores
- Spengler Island
- Vilano Bridge parcels
- Vilano Boat Ramp
- Windswept Acres Park