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Munyon Island

 
MUNYON ISLAND SLIDESHOW

Project Location
Munyon Island is located in the northern portion of the Lake Worth Lagoon. The Island is part of John D. MacArthur Beach State Park.

The Problem
Munyon Island was originally a 15-acre island used to store dredged material in the 1930's and 1960's construction and maintenance of the Intracoastal Waterway. The material was deposited on and around the Island's wetlands, tripling the size of the Island to 45 acres.

Project Overview

  • Restored 43 acres of habitat in the Lake Worth Lagoon.
  • Graded the Island to wetland elevations and constructed tidal channels and ponds.
  • Removed 40 acres of exotic plant species like Australian pine and Brazilian pepper.
  • Planted 120,000 wetland plants, restoring 20 acres of  mangroves and spartina (commonly known as cordgrass).
  • Restored 23 acres of maritime “coastal” hammock on the Island.
  • Dredged spoil material generated through project construction was removed from the Island and placed in a nearby dredge hole to provide 9 acres of benthic and seagrass habitat.
  • Island amenities include a boardwalk, picnic tables/shelters
  • Munyon Island restoration was completed in 1997.
  • Future plans to enhance public use of the Island include a boat dock.

Benefits

  • Improved maritime “coastal” hammock for wildlife, especially migratory songbirds and raptors.
  • Improved wetland nursery habitat, food source and shelter for fish and invertebrates.

Project Partners
Palm Beach County, Florida Inland Navigation District, West Palm Beach Fishing Club, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, and the State of Florida.

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Current Highlights and Upcoming Events

 
  • Hungryland Slough Natural Area - REOPENED
  • Lake Worth Lagoon Initiative Grant Program
    Now accepting applications for FY 2017. Deadline to submit is August 15, 2016. [LINK]
  • Pawpaw Preserve - UPDATE
    The Pawpaw Preserve Natural Area draft management plan is now available for public review. Public comments can be emailed to erm-natural@co.palm-beach.fl.us,or can be provided at the May 26, 2016 Public Hearing and Open House. Click on the link for time and location. [LINK]
  • Adventure Awaits - Sunrise Hike, May 7th 6:30am
    Join us for a guided hike through Cypress Creek Natural Area in Jupiter. For more details and to reserve your spot, click on the link to the event page. [EVENT PAGE]
  • Adventure Awaits - Firewalk, The Spark of Life, May 24th 5:30pm
    Join us at Sweetbay Natural Area in Palm Beach Gardens for this guided hike. For more details and to reserve your spot, visit the event page. [EVENT PAGE]
  • Adventure Awaits - Namaste, Yoga in the Natural Areas, May 25th 6:30pm
    Join us at Yamato Scrub Natural Area in Boca Raton for this unique experience. For more details and to reserve your spot, visit the event page. [EVENT PAGE]
  • Lake Worth Lagoon Fishing Challenge, June 1st - 30th
    Interested in helping collect valuable fisheries information while getting a chance to win a prize? If so, you'll want to participate in this free fishing event. Visit the web page for details. [LINK]
  • Running Wild, June 4th 7:00am
    Run with ERM at Loxahatchee Slough Natural Area will cover approximately 10 miles and take participants through a variety of habitats on a combination of hardened and primitive trails. For more details and to reserve your spot, visit the event page. [EVENT PAGE]
  • Adventure Awaits - Sunset Photography Workshop, June 10th 6:00pm
    Take part in a guided photography tour of Winding Waters Natural Area in West Palm Beach. For more details and to reserve your spot, visit the event page. [EVENT PAGE]
  • Adventure Awaits - Sunset Paddle, June 15th 5:30pm
    Come paddle with ERM staff to Fullerton Island in Jupiter as the sun sets over this recently restored 12 acre maritime hammock island with newly created seagrass and mangrove habitat. For more details and to reserve your spot, visit the event page. [EVENT PAGE]
  • Adventure Awaits - Growing Up Wild, Connecting Kids to Nature, June 18th 9:00am
    ERM staff will lead you and your child on a guided walk through the woods at Royal Palm Beach Pines Natural Area highlighting points of interest associated with "Birds in Your Backyard" followed by an arts and crafts project each child can take home. For more details and to reserve your spot, visit the event page. [EVENT PAGE]
  • Adventure Awaits - Bike and Hike, June 25th 8:00am
    Discover the trails of Loxahatchee Slough with ERM staff during this unique tour that incorporates cycling and hiking. For more details and to reserve your spot, visit the event page. [EVENT PAGE]
  • Environmental Times Newsletter
    Read the latest edition Spring 2016 for highlights on artificial reefs, climate change, LagoonFest and more. [LINK]
  • Volunteer Accomplishments in 2015
    See what ERM's volunteers were up to in 2015. [PDF]
  • Mosquito Control Update - Zika Virus
    While ERM's Mosquito Control Division is hard at work taking proactive steps to reducing mosquito popluations learn how you can protect yourself and reduce your exposure to mosquitoe-borne diseases. [PDF]
  • Scavenger Hunts
    Are available at several natural areas for youngsters to complete to recieve their Natural Area Youth Explorer certificate. [PDF]
  • ERM's Status Reports
    Stay up to date on our projects with these monthly publications. [LINK]