Florida's growing population and development has degraded and transformed much of it's natural habitat. Without proper habitat, plant communities and wildlife disappear. Ensuring the future of critical habitats in the CHNEP study area requires protection and restoration. Thus, fish and wildlife habitat restoration is one of CHNEP's primary objectives outlined in our Comprehensive Conservation Management Plan. Learn more about CHNEP's habitat restoration efforts below:
Oyster Habitat Restoration Project
CHNEP is directly engaged in habitat restoration activities, including working with partners to deploy nine oyster artificial reefs in the Tidal Peace River that has resulted in hundreds of thousands of new oysters and the filtration of tens of millions of gallons of water a day. Oyster restoration is an area that we work intensively on because it improves water quality, as well as habitat for water birds, fish, and other aquatic life.
The Habitat Restoration Needs (HRN) Plan was developed to help guide habitat management, connectivity, preservation and conservation, sustainability, restoration, and resiliency throughout the CHNEP area.
The Habitat Resiliency to Climate Change Project (HRCC) takes a closer look at what kind of impacts our watershed may experience given the most recent climate change and sea level rise science. This project aims to delineate habitat connectivity and provide resiliency solutions such as migration corridors.