In March of 2017, two Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) students, Jackie Marquez and Anna Breeden, undertook a vegetative survey analysis by comparing the area in the Preserve where we conducted a mechanical burn at Barefoot Beach Preserve in 2015 to an area where no work was done. Results indicate that the efforts of over 2oo students since 2013 have helped improve the diversity and abundance of forage material in the area where they removed ragweed, pruned sea grapes and raked up the sea grape leaves that had created a blanket on the ground.
This poster, entitled “Using a Vegetative Plot Survey to Determine Effectiveness of Manual Restoration at Barefoot Beach Preserve, Collier County, Florida. ” was presented at the FGCU STEM Research Symposium in December of 2017.
In the Fall of 2017, a group of 15 Senior students in Biology at FGCU are reanalyzing the area, and expanding the research to examine the habits of the gopher tortoises at the preserve.