The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will remove nearly 14 acres of floating plant material from the western basin of Lake Josephine in Highlands County.

This project is scheduled to begin Monday, Feb. 19, and will take about a month to complete. It will restore critical habitat for many fish and wildlife species. 

Mechanical harvesters and barge-mounted excavators will be used to remove the heavy mats of floating plants and associated organic material, often referred to as tussocks. The tussocks can impede access to the lake for recreational use, increase organic sediments deposited on the lake floor, and reduce the value of wildlife habitat in the shallow water marsh.

The primary aquatic plant species to be removed include American cupscale, burhead sedge, cattail, spatterdock and primrose willow. However, other aquatic plant species within the work areas also will be harvested. 

For more information, contact Carly Althoff, an FWC aquatic habitat project manager, at 863-697-6323.

News Reporter