Removing invasive species increases biological value

The Venice Golf And Country Club

United States

In total, the country club has 52 acres of rich habitat area made up of woodland and lakes. A few years ago, parts of the wetlands and lakes had become overrun with invasive exotic plants, negatively impacting the local flora and fauna communities. Brazilian Pepper trees were crowding out native vegetation and Malalueca trees had proliferated in wetland areas, drying them out and decreasing their biodiversity value.

After securing approval from two government entities, we invested hundreds of thousands of dollars to restore our wetlands to a natural state. These efforts have encouraged wildlife movement through the corridors that connect our wetland and upland areas, while improving the size and health of the indigenous buffer zones that integrate golf and nature. In addition, removing these non-native plants created the feeling of a more open golf course which is appreciated by golfers – and have resulted in an annual maintenance saving of approximately $5,000.

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