|Mangrove & Tree
Mangroves are unique water and salt tolerant plant species
which play an important ecological role in wetlands by
providing valuable habitat for numerous marine species
and other wildlife, including mammals, birds and reptiles.
They also provide shoreline stabilization, storm protection
and act as nursery support to sport and commercial fisheries.Due
to their ecological importance, mangroves have long been
protected by the State of Florida.
The Mangrove Trimming and Preservation Act was established
in 1996 to regulate their trimming and removal. The Florida
Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) coordinates
the implementation of the Act in conjunction with local
county regulatory agencies and various municipalities.
Tree removal permits are required by several counties
and municipalities for the bulldozing, removal or relocation
of any tree with a trunk diameter of 18" or greater.
Coastal Systems International, Inc. can provide information
on the rules for a given area and assist in the permitting
Coastal Systems interprets the rules and acts as an agent
between the respective regulatory agency and the property
owner to determine what type of permit will be required
(individual/general) or if the project is exempt from
permitting. Our knowledge and experience facilitates efficient
processing of the permit application. For information
on native landscape planning and design services, see
our "Habitat Restoration" section.