Plant restoration improves habitat for Lake Trafford fish,
Thursday, May 10, 2012
Media contact: Carli Segelson, 772-215-9459
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC)
planted more than 25,000 aquatic grass plants in Lake
Trafford on May 8. Biologists designed this project to
provide better habitat for fish and wildlife that live in
and around the lake. Lake Trafford, in Collier County, is
the largest lake south of Lake Okeechobee.
"This grass will provide excellent habitat for fish living
in the lake," said FWC aquatic restoration biologist Rodney
Hudson. "It will also provide a good foraging area for
alligators, otters and birds such as herons, egrets and
The grass species, calledPaspalidium geminatum, is native
to Florida and is popular fishing habitat for anglers
throughout many Florida lakes. Some anglers know this grass
as "Kissimmee grass."
The grass grows in small, scattered patches around the
edges of the lake. Biologists chose to plant additional
grasses in areas with little or no vegetation. The recently
planted grasses will cover approximately two acres of the
lake. In time, these grasses should spread over larger
sections of the lake, providing more habitat.