Mangroves perform two vital roles. They serve as a nursery for a vast number of sea creatures such as tarpon and wading birds. They also serve as a barrier against storm surges, erosion and hurricanes. Unfortunately, modern development and storm damage is destroying mangrove forests at alarming rates.
As part of the International Coastal Cleanup, Keep Lee County Beautiful is partnering with local businesses and organizations to host a hands-on outdoor education and restoration experience. We intend to plant 15,000 red mangrove propagules on State lands that are in need of some shoreline restoration. Last year the volunteers planted 10,000 propagules along the Islands Waterway (Northwest Spreader Canal). Estimates are that at least 55% of propagules took hold resulting in a nice mangrove forest growing where it was once bare.
Saturday, September 23, 2017: 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Early Arrival beginning at 8:30 a.m.
Location: The western end of Tropicana Blvd. just west of Old Burnt Store Road. Lunch will be provided at the launch site immediately following the planting project.
Registration is required to participate. Access the following link to sign-up.
Meet at the check-in location no later then 8:30 a.m.
Bring your canoe, kayak, or stand up paddle board (SUP). It is 1.4 miles from the launch site to the restoration location.
Wear adequate footwear as there may be oysters or other sharp objects near the restoration area.
Bring sun protection. September can be quite warm. A hat is also recommended.
It is 1.4 miles from the restoration location back to the launch site.
Mangrove Mania 2016
Northwest Cape Coral Neighborhood Association volunteers in
orange shirts will be on hand to:
Direct you to the launch area.
Direct you to parking.
Help you load and unload your kayak.
Have a question? Look for an orange shirt.
Keep Lee County Beautiful volunteers will:
Provide instructions on the proper planting of propagules and provide a t-shirt and water bottle to all registered volunteers.
Registered volunteers should bring their own canoe, kayak, or SUP.
Small boats may be launched at the public boat launch on Burnt Store Road, 2.3 miles by water from the restoration site (.9 miles west, then 1.4 miles north to the tent location at Tropicana Park.)
Do not delay as participation will be limited to the first 150 registrants to allow for accurate budgeting of material and resources. Non-kayakers may participate so be sure to complete the registration form.