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Toho's fish, snail kites and other wildlife to benefit from treatments

News Release

Friday, September 23, 2011

Media contact: Joy Hill, 352-258-3426

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will treat about 340 acres of dense stands of emergent aquatic plants in Lake Tohopekaliga in Osceola County on Sept. 29 and 30. Emergent plants are those that grow up out of the water; submersed are those growing below the water's surface.

The purpose of the treatment is to improve foraging habitat for fish and wildlife, including the endangered Everglade snail kite.

"We also are treating dense vegetation between snail kite nest areas and uplands to help protect the endangered birds from predators on land who can go across the thick vegetation in the lake to access the nests," said Tim Coughlin, aquatic habitat restoration and enhancement biologist for the FWC.

The targeted emergent plants are cattails, pickerelweed and water primrose, and they will be treated with herbicide via helicopter. Aerial treatments are an efficient and effective method for controlling certain types of aquatic plants. The herbicide is approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for use in lakes, and there are no restrictions for fishing, swimming or irrigation.

For questions about these treatments, contact Tim Coughlin at 352-732-1225.



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