Palm Beach Resilient Island hopes to protect Florida lagoon from environmental impact

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Palm Beach County has a wide variety of wildlife, but they need specific habitats to survive and thrive. On the small, resilient island of Palm Beach, not far from downtown West Palm Beach, its importance is great. It is now critical habitat for endangered shorebirds and other marine wildlife in Lake Worth Lagoon. “It provides a place for birds and other fish to feed and forage and nest. We’ve incorporated nesting habitat with this island specifically for shorebirds,” said Joseph Schmidt of the Nature Conservancy. The newly expanded island was put in place by Nature. Conservancy and Palm Beach County Engineers. It uses both oysters and mangroves to create new shorelines on the island, as well as to create the critical habitats these animals need. Your Neighborhood: WPBF 25 News Local Coverage “Mangroves anchor the ground, they also provide habitat for fish and wildlife, birds can roost in them,” said Palm Beach County environmental analyst David Carson. Today, an important step has been taken. crossed, a mixture of 1,000 mangroves, native species and vegetation was planted. Alongside the organizations involved are other companies, including the Carrier Corporation. Korinti Recalde, of Carrier Corporation. Organizers said they hope the island will become an example of habitat restoration for South Florida’s future. “We would love to see more, and the county has worked so diligently to add these islands,” Schmidt said.

Palm Beach County has a wide variety of wildlife, but they need specific habitats to survive and thrive.

On the small, resilient island of Palm Beach, not far from downtown West Palm Beach, its importance is great. It is now critical habitat for endangered shorebirds and other marine wildlife in Lake Worth Lagoon.

“It provides a place for birds and other fish to feed and forage and nest. We’ve incorporated nesting habitat with this island specifically for shorebirds,” said Joseph Schmidt of the Nature Conservancy.

    The newly expanded island was put in place by engineers from the Nature Conservancy and Palm Beach County.

    He uses both oysters and mangroves to create new shorelines on the island, as well as to create the essential habitats these animals need.

    Your neighbourhood : Local coverage of WPBF 25 News

    “Mangroves anchor the ground, they also provide habitat for fish and wildlife, birds can roost in them,” said Palm Beach County environmental analyst David Carson.

      Today a milestone has been reached, a mix of 1,000 mangroves, native species and vegetation has been planted.

      Alongside the organizations involved are other companies, including the Carrier Corporation.

      “We are here to help restore the coastline and be more resilient to increased tidal surges,” said Korinti Recalde, of Carrier Corporation.

      Organizers said they hope the island will become an example of habitat restoration for South Florida’s future.

      “We would love to see more, and the county has worked so diligently to add these islands,” Schmidt said.

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