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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

  • Frenchman's Forest Natural Area Closed
    The site will be closed beginning Wednesday, June 22nd while crews are out working. The natural area will reopen on the weekend for public use.
  • 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]
  • Lake Worth Lagoon Initiative Grant Program
    Now accepting applications for FY 2017. Deadline to submit is August 15, 2016. [LINK]
  • 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]
  • Lake Worth Lagoon E-News
    Read the latest edition May 2016 for highlights on the Lake Worth Lagoon Fishing Challenge, restoration projects, 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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