EarthBalance®’s in-house Professional Mangrove Trimmers have been providing mangrove trimming and alteration services for over 30 years.
Mangroves are tropical wetland plants that grow along shorelines and estuaries in central and southern Florida. They are specially adapted to grow in salt water in areas subject to submersion by periodic tides. There are about 500,000 acres of mangroves in the coastal areas of Central and South Florida. Eighty percent of these are under the control of either government or private owners and set aside for preservation or conservation purposes.
MANGROVES NATIVE TO FLORIDA
THE ROLE OF MANGROVES
• Provide basic food chain resources, nursery grounds, and habitat for marine and estuarine organisms and wildlife, including many birds, reptiles, mammals, and fish species, including many game and sport fish.
• Improve water quality by providing shoreline stabilization and protection, and trapping and cycling organic materials, chemical elements, and nutrients.
• Provide storm buffers by reducing wind and wave action.
Because mangroves play such a critical ecological and economic role in coastal areas, the trimming or alteration of mangroves is highly regulated by the State of Florida (Sections 403.9321-403.9333, Florida Statutes).
Mangroves can grow rapidly and often form dense thickets that block the view of water for waterfront property owners. Many property owners have trimmed mangroves to improve their view of the water, and many more would like to cut mangroves to get a view that they do not currently have. Unfortunately, some cutting of mangroves has not been done in conformance with regulations. If not done properly, trimming can harm or kill mangroves.
EarthBalance’s Professional Mangrove Trimmers can guide homeowners on permit requirements, assist in obtaining required permits, and provide mangrove trimming in conformance with all state and local requirements. For a homeowner’s guide to Mangroves, click here.