Tussock removal under way at Parsons Point
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Media contact: Karen Parker, 386-758-0525
Mechanical harvesters have started the process of removing the tussocks at Parson’s Point in the Tsala Apopka chain of lakes.
The project site is approximately 14 acres just north of Gilchrist Island, between Croft and VanNess lakes, according to Allen Martin, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) regional freshwater fish biologist.
“Tussocks are island-like rafts of plants that can be extremely problematic if they block public access, hinder flood control, impair navigation or interfere with fish habitat,” Martin said.
At Parsons Point, the tussocks are covering a deep hole that is a fish refuge when water levels drop.
“Removing these tussocks will improve fish habitat and provide access to this popular recreation area. Once the project is completed, the area will be open water,” Martin said.
The project began Aug. 28 and is scheduled to be completed in November.
The tussocks are being mechanically harvested and removed from the project site.