The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) in October will conduct aquatic habitat restoration efforts on Orange Lake.

About 160 acres of willows and invasive exotic sedge and floating tussocks will be administered treatment approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

The treatment will improve habitat for waterfowl and restore conditions favorable for the fishery in the lake near Gainesville in Alachua County.

The vegetation targeted for this treatment is based on data from habitat mapping and analysis conducted by the FWC Orange Creek Basin Working Group’s Fish and Wildlife Habitat Management Guidelines for the Aquatic Resources of the Orange Creek Basin and consistent with the Orange Lake Habitat Management Plan recently developed in collaboration with the local stakeholder community. Both documents can be found at:

For more information about the project, contact Patrick McCord, FWC project manager, at 352-732-1225.

News Reporter