FK-095 Monroe County Maintenance 10-11.doc by huangyuarong


									                                                       Exhibit 1

Project Title:          Monroe County Invasive Exotic Plant Removal Crew (2010-2011)

Working Group:          Florida Keys Invasive Exotics Task Force

Site Manager:           Beth Bergh
                        Monroe County Land Steward
                        2798 Overseas Highway
                        Marathon, Florida 33050-2227
                        Phone: (305) 289-2511
                        Cell: (305) 304-4442

Grant Type:             Cost reimbursement

Project Goals The project goal is the eradication of invasive exotic plants from publicly owned conservation lands
owned or managed by Monroe County.

Total Grant Funds Requested:            $96,000
Total In-kind Match:                    $55,124 (57 percent of grant funds requested)

Project Description Monroe County currently employs a crew of invasive exotic plant technicians (currently four
technicians) who work on lands owned or managed by Monroe County. This grant will allow the County to
continue employing this crew and will build on the success of the past five years of invasive exotic species control.
The crew will continue to eradicate woody and herbaceous invasive exotic plants from designated conservation
lands under the direction of the Monroe County Land Steward. The Land Steward will arrange for and/or conduct
training, as well as supervise and schedule the work of the crew on the various sites. Training will consist of
instruction in plant identification, herbicide handling, and application techniques. Additionally, the grant funds will
be used to leverage restoration funds available from the Monroe County Environmental Land Management and
Restoration Fund (MCELMR). The MCELMR funds will continue to be utilized for trash removal, native plantings
and other restoration efforts following exotic removal.

The most common invasive exotic plant species encountered on these lands and their FLEPPC Category ranking are
as follows: Brazilian pepper (I - Schinus terebinthifolius), lead tree (II - Leucaena leucocephala), Australian pine (I -
Casuarina spp.), beach naupaka (I – Scaevola sericea), seaside mahoe (I - Thespesia populnea), latherleaf (I –
Colubrina asiatica), sapodilla (I – Manilkara zapota), oyster plant (II - Tradescantia spathacea), woman’s tongue (I
– Albizia lebbek), sea hibiscus (II – Taliparti tiliaceum), bowstring hemp (II – Sanseviera hyacinthoides), wedelia (II
– Sphagneticola trilobata) and Guinea grass (II – Panicum maximum). In addition, any other FLEPPC listed species
found on the conservation lands will be removed.

One other species, night-blooming cactus (Hylocereus undatus), will also be removed although it is not listed with
FLEPPC. This plant has become a problem on some conservation lands where it was likely introduced from
discarded landscape debris or persists from abandoned homesites.

Project Location Lands in this project area consist of public conservation lands located throughout the Florida
Keys either owned or managed by Monroe County (as the Board of County Commissioners or the Land Authority).
Monroe County owns over 3,000 parcels of scattered conservation lands throughout the Florida Keys. Additionally,
               FWC Contract No. 08150, Task Assignment No. FK-095 Exhibit 1, Page 1 of 8
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the County has entered into a management lease with the State of Florida for the management of 495 parcels recently
purchased through the Florida Forever program.

The focus for the 2010-2011 project will be the maintenance of previously treated sites and the treatment of County
managed parcels recently purchased under the Florida Forever program. The majority of the subject sites fall within
the following list of subdivisions. Note that most of the sites are adjacent to larger natural areas.

Key Largo      Largo City                Hammock                  Pennekamp State Park
Key Largo      Oceana                    Hammock
Key Largo      Anglers Park              Hammock
Key Largo      Winston Waterways         Hammock                  Pennekamp State Park
Key Largo      Pamela Villa              Hammock                  Pennekamp State Park
Key Largo      Silver Lake Park          Hammock                  Pennekamp State Park
Key Largo      Sunset Gardens            Hammock
Key Largo      Thompsons                 FW Wetland
Key Largo      Adobe Casa Court          Hammock                  FWC - WEA
Key Largo      Bay Haven                 Hammock / Wetlands       FWC - WEA
Tavernier      Palma Sola                Hammock                  FWC - WEA
Tavernier      Harris Ocean Park         Hammock / Wetlands       FWC - WEA
Tavernier      Old Settlers Park         Disturbed / hammock
Duck           Center Island             FW Wetland
Big Pine       Long Beach                Coastal berm / beach     USFWS Refuge
Big Pine       Sands Subdivision         Pinelands / Disturbed    USFWS Refuge
Big Pine       Eden Pines                Pinelands / Disturbed    USFWS Refuge
Big Pine       Kinercha                  Pinelands / Disturbed    USFWS Refuge
Big Pine       Doctor’s Arm              Disturbed/ buttonwood    USFWS Refuge
Torches        Windswept Beach           Wetlands                 FWC- WEA
Torches        Torch Key Estates         Hammock / Wetlands       FWC - WEA
Torches        Gato Farms                Hammock / wetlands       FWC - WEA
Torches        Ladies Acre               Wetlands / Hammock       FWC - WEA
Ramrod         Ramrod Shores             Hammock / Wetlands       FWC - WEA
Summerland     Summerland Estates        Hammock / Wetlands
Summerland     Niles Channel             Wetlands                 USFWS Refuge
Cudjoe         Cutthroat Harbor          Hammock / Wetlands       USFWS Refuge
Cudjoe         Cudjoe Acres              Pinelands / Disturbed    USFWS Refuge
Cudjoe         Sacarma                   Hammock / wetlands       FWC - WEA
Sugarloaf      Sugarloaf Townsite        Wetlands / hammock
Sugarloaf      Indian Mound Estates      Hammock / wetlands       Near FWC & USFWS
Sugarloaf      Sugarloaf Shores          Wetlands                 FWC - WEA

All            Acreages and other        Variety of habitats      FWC, USFWS, DEP Parks

               FWC Contract No. 08150, Task Assignment No. FK-095 Exhibit 1, Page 2 of 8
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Most individual parcels are only 0.1 acre in size, but many are contiguous and combine to form much larger
management units. All properties are public lands that Monroe County intends to manage in perpetuity for
conservation and natural resource protection.

As illustrated in the table above, a variety of habitats are represented on these conservation lands including coastal
beaches, buttonwood wetlands, rockland and maritime hammocks, and pine rocklands, all of which range in
condition from disturbed to pristine. These areas provide habitat and resources for a myriad of wildlife, including
resident and migratory birds, and endemic plant species. The non-native plants that invade these areas decrease
habitat value and lower biodiversity. Just a few of the state and federally listed endangered and threatened species of
animals and plants that utilize these habitats include: green turtle (Chelonia mydas), eastern indigo snake
(Drymarchon corais couperi), key mud turtle (Kinosternon baurii), piping plover (Charadrius melodus), white-
crowned pigeon (Columba leucocephala), Key Largo cotton mouse (Peromyscus gossypinus allapaticola), Lower
Keys marsh rabbit (Sylvilagus palustris hefneri), Key deer (Odocoileus virginianus clavium), Blodgett’s wild
mercury (Argythamnia blodgettii), Cupania (Cupania glabra); skyblue clustervine (Jacquemontia pentanthos),
brittle thatch palm (Thrinax morrisii), and Garber’s spurge (Chamaesyce garberi).

Proposed Budget The proposed budget for this section of the project is as follows:

Grant Funds Requested:                                                         $96,000
       Wages for 120 Monroe Co technician hrs/week
       for 32 weeks @ $25.00 / hour (approximate)

In-Kind Match:

       Land Steward – Supervisor
       8 hrs / week for 32 weeks @ $28.33 / hr + 44 % in benefits              $10,444

       Project Administration – Personnel & Payroll Staff Time
       8 hrs/month for 8 months @ $25 / hr                                     $1,600

       4 – 2.5 gallons of Garlon 4 @ $300 each                                 $1,200
       4 – 2.5 gallons of Garlon 3A @ $ 250 each                               $1,000

       Supplies and Equipment
       Sprayers, gloves, saws, etc.                                            $1,000

       Disposal fees (vegetative debris)                                       $7,000
       - includes tipping fees and use of clam truck with crew

       1 pickup truck for 1,280 hrs @ $16.50 / hr                              $21,120
       1 pickup truck for 640 hrs @ $16.50 / hr                                $10,560

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       Cell phones (2 phones)                                                 $1,200

       Total In-Kind Match for this portion:                                   $55,124
       (57% of Grant Funds Requested)

Work Specifications Work performance will consist of furnishing all labor, herbicides, diluents, small equipment,
transportation, spray equipment, and performing all operations necessary to control the exotic plants listed under
"Project Goals" using proven techniques on the individual species. If heavy equipment (bucket truck, dump truck,
etc.) or a chipper is required for some tasks, the equipment will be provided as an in-kind match by Monroe County
Division of Public Works, or in partnership with other land managers.

The exotic plant control technicians shall be responsible for maintaining a daily work log that will record date, name
of site, and hours of work along with other data that will be submitted to the Land Steward at the end of each week.
Monroe County will submit periodic invoices to the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC),
Invasive Plant Management Section, for reimbursement of exotic plant control activities based on the work logs.

The exotic plant species listed under "Project Description" will be treated according to developed effective control
techniques. Depending upon the species treated and the type of habitat, plants may be hand-pulled, treated in place,
removed from site, or chipped on site. Decisions regarding specific plant treatment methods on each site will be
made by the Land Steward. Treating vegetation in place and allowing it to decompose in situ is cost effective and
biologically sound. However, physical removal of vegetation from the site will be the preferred treatment method in
the following situations: where fuel loading may be a concern; where excessive mulching may preclude native
seedling recruitment or negatively affect wildlife; where falling trees could pose a hazard to roads or structures; or
where aesthetics are a concern. It is anticipated that most work areas will revegetate naturally without artificial
seeding or revegetation. However, for severely degraded sites with distant native seed sources, planting of natives
will be considered utilizing funds from Monroe County’s Environmental Land Management and Restoration Fund.

Every effort shall be made by the exotic plant control technicians to avoid damaging native vegetation or disturbing
wildlife. The crew will abide by all herbicide label application, precautionary, safety, cleaning, and disposal
information. Specimen labels and MSDS information for all chemicals used will be kept with the chemicals, and the
crew shall be provided with first aid kits and emergency contact numbers while working in the field.

Data Collection The exotic plant control technicians will be responsible for conducting field work and keeping
daily work logs. Work logs will record date, weather conditions, name of site, specific location of site, hours of
work, species treated, estimates of species abundance in each work location, treatment method, herbicide,
concentration, and amount applied. Logs will be submitted weekly to the Monroe County Land Steward to track
management activities on all County conservation lands.

Project Time Frame The project will begin as soon as funding is available and conclude by June 21, 2011, with
the Monroe County Land Steward providing a comprehensive final report to accompany the final invoice for cost
reimbursement to the FWC no later than June 24, 2011. Due to weather constraints, it is envisioned that most of the
work will occur during the eight-month period from October to June.

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Location Maps: Maps do not show all Monroe County owned or managed parcels.

                        Map 1. Key Largo Focus Areas including Largo City,
                           Anglers Park, and Pamela Villa Subdivisions.

                     Map 2. Key Largo Focus Areas including Silver Lake Park,
                          Thompsons, and Sunset Gardens Subdivisions.

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        Map 3. Tavernier Focus Areas including Bay Haven, Adobe
       Casa Court, Harris Ocean Park, and Palma Sola Subdivisions.

    Map 4. Duck Key Focus Area including Center Island Subdivision.

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       Map 5. Big Pine, Torches and Ramrod Focus Areas including
          Sands, Eden Pines, Doctors Arm, Windswept Beach,
          Torch Key Estates, and Ramrod Shores Subdivisions.

  Map 6. Summerland and Cudjoe Focus Areas including Niles Channel,
  Summerland Estates, Cutthroat Harbor and Cudjoe Acres Subdivisions.

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        Map 7. Upper and Lower Sugarloaf Focus Areas including
               Indian Mound Estates, Sugarloaf Townsite,
                   and Sugarloaf Shores Subdivisions.

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