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Prohibited Invasive Plant Species

 

Non-native invasive plants were brought into Florida through a variety of methods. Not all non-native plants are as harmful to the ecosystems of Florida as others. Those that begin to cause widespread ecological damage to the native plant and animal communities are called invasive. These non-native invasive plants grow quickly, produce abundant seeds, have no natural enemies, flourish in a wide range of soil conditions, and prevent native species from growing.

For new construction, Article 14. C. of the County's (Unified Land Development Code) ULDC requires the removal invasive non-native plant species found in Appendix 5 and Appendix 6 prior to receipt of a Certificate of Occupancy (C.O.). Planting or installation of these plant species is prohibited. This Code was adopted in April, 1986, so those properties constructed after that date must maintain their property free and clear of these invasive plants. This requirement is for the unincorporated areas (i.e. not in a city) of Palm Beach County. Please contact your local municipal office to inquire about invasive non-native plant regulations in your municipality.

By the dates listed below, Article 14. D. ULDC requires the removal of the nine invasive non-native plant species listed in Appendix 5 on properties within 500 feet from a designated natural area Countywide (unincorporated and municipalities). For those properties outside of a 500 foot buffer area, only Old World Climbing Fern and Air Potato vines must be removed from all properties.

Plant Name Must Remove/Eradicate by: Example of a 500-foot Buffer Area
Climbing Ferns Jan. 1, 2004 seacrest scrub poster
Air Potato Jan. 1, 2004
Melaleuca, Punk Tree Jan. 1, 2006
Brazilian Pepper Jan. 1, 2008
Carrotwood Jan. 1, 2008
Earleaf Acacia Jan. 1, 2010
Schefflera Jan. 1, 2010
Australian Pine Jan. 1, 2012
Kudzu Jan. 1, 2012
 

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]
 

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