You’ll find the Woods & Wetlands team hard at work satisfying the ecosystem needs of a wide array of communities, properties, and sites throughout Southwest Florida.
Woods and Wetlands keeps the water flowing at Hickey’s Creek.
Woods and Wetlands was chosen by South Florida Water Management District in cooperation with Lee County Division of Natural Resources to improve the flow of stormwater within Hickey’s Creek. These waters discharge into the Caloosahatchee River, and proper flow is critically important during hurricane season when water levels are greatly increased. This was achieved by reducing and removing the dead, obstructive, and overhanging vegetation within the creek, which is a popular site for canoers, boaters, and kayakers.
The sheer size of the area to be cleared made this project no small task. Two 10'x40' sectional barges (20k lbs. each) had to be placed in the creek with a crane, connected side by side, and then an excavator was driven onto the 20'x40' total barge surface area. From that position, we used the excavator to lead the removal of the hazardous and exotic vegetation. Additionally, we used our whole-tree chipper to turn over 3,000 cubic yards of wood debris into mulch for disposal off-site.
By completing the project, our crew proved to be more than up to the task, and we had cleared 1.8 miles of the waterway. As a result of our success with Hickey’s Creek, we are now bidding on a similar project nearby. We are genuinely proud to have enhanced this treasured Lee County waterway.
Expanding our work at RSW
2020 marks the third consecutive year Woods & Wetlands is hard at work at RSW. This year’s assignment includes the treatment of all nuisance and exotic non-native vegetation species within 600 acres of the Imperial Marsh and Flint Pen portions of RSW’s 7,000 Mitigation Park. Located four miles southeast of the airport, the park was established to compensate for the impact of long-term development of the airport. The lands within Mitigation Park are among the most pristine and environmentally sensitive in the region. RSW also expanded the scope of our work to include bush hog mowing of select areas.
Our relationship with the airport and associated properties is particularly rewarding. We not only help them remain compliant, but since RSW is often the first stop for visitors to SWFL, we’re relied upon to keep the area as beautiful and natural-looking as possible.
Preserve restoration at Naples Lake Country Club
One of Naples’ most prestigious lakefront communities, Naples Lakes Country Club, has retained Woods & Wetlands to complete an ecosystem restoration project within their expansive preserve areas. Maintaining the Club’s attractive landscape while meeting environmental standards is no small task. That’s why the community’s management reached out to Woods & Wetlands. In addition to ensuring regulatory compliance of the conservation areas, we re-shaped several lake banks; planted littorals; removed bulrush which had become large and unsightly; and trimmed numerous flyovers to restore the clear view of the greens. We have proven experience with many private communities in Southwest Florida, and provide HOAs and homeowners with the expertise, attention to detail, and cost-effectiveness they require.
W&W was awarded a very challenging project by the Lee County Board of County Commissioners for the popular Lakes Park 279 AC public park in South Fort Myers. Over 1 million visitors enjoyed the park’s many amenities last year. The goal of the project was the restoration of some 50 spoil islands scattered throughout the alligator-filled lakes.
Invasive, non-native Australian Pine trees, some more than 70’ tall, were removed and disposed of over the course of 4 months – all without disrupting the public’s enjoyment of the park. We employed a 50,000-pound excavator located on a barge and several 100,000-pound horizontal wood grinders onshore. These are not small tasks, but our expertise ensured that Woods and Wetlands met the obligations of the project on time and budget.
We’re happy to announce that we’re “hitting the links” at Crown Colony Golf and Country Club in Fort Myers once again this year. We’ve been asked to assume regulatory compliance responsibility for the 24 indigenous preserve areas within the golf course and another 25-acre wetland in April 2020. The consistent quality, golf course expertise, and attention to detail provided by our team made us the perfect choice for club management in 2020. They also value the extensive experience W&W has maintaining the ecosystems in courses across southwest Florida. We are truly flattered to be working with Crown Colony Golf and Country Club once again.
What Our Clients Have to Say
Being a lifetime resident of Collier County, I fully understand the difficulty of finding a company that’s even interested in performing ecosystem restoration services, let alone someone who is truly qualified.
Well, my friends, your hunt is over. After an exhaustive search, I contracted with Woods and Wetlands. Not only was their pricing very competitive, but they also provided their services with a high level of surgical expertise and passion. My property looks just beautiful.
I recommend them with great enthusiasm. They work their magic for many property owners, associations, and municipal agencies in Southwest Florida. I promise you will not be disappointed.
I want to compliment your company on a job well done. You were very responsive, and the quality of work is something to be very proud of. Your crew would always stop and see if we ever needed any adjustments or just to see if we were happy with the job you were doing. Thank you for your professionalism.
I am hearing only good things about your crew and wanted to let you know how much I appreciated your company’s efforts. The team has been punctual, hardworking, flexible, and very responsive to our requests. It’s been a pleasure working with a crew as dedicated as yours, and we hope to do more business with Woods & Wetlands in the future.
We have been so pleased with the services provided by Woods & Wetlands at our Lee County project, that we engaged with them for wetlands clean-ups, maintenance, and property enhancement plantings at two of other projects in Broward County. We will certainly consider W&W for future work at any of our projects.
We thank you for your many years of dedicated service and the excellence with which our properties have been treated. You are well-know in SWFL and we appreciate your professional service.
David, I want to thank you and your great crew for the wonderful job they did clearing our property of the non-native vegetation. Thanks again so much. Terrific job!
Your crew is terrific to work with and so very capable.