Mariner Properties Development, Inc.
13041-2 McGregor Blvd.
Ft. Myers, FL 33919
|The Little Pine
Island Wetland Restoration & Mitigation Bank is a
public-private partnership between the State of Florida and
Mariner Properties Development, Inc., of Fort Myers. Situated
within the Charlotte Harbor Aquatic Preserve on the southwest
coast of Florida, Little Pine Island represents over 4,700
acres of unique wetland ecosystem.
in the 1960s, exotic plant species invaded the island,
displacing native plant species and wildlife so aggressively
that the island's wetland functions were severely
are among the many migrating birds that once again call
Little Pine Island home.
Mariner Properties was permitted under a newly passed Florida
law to not only restore Little Pine Island, but also provide
"mitigation credits." These credits offer developers a high
quality form of wetland replacement for unavoidable wetland
impacts. The sale of wetland mitigation credits is used to
fund the multimillion dollar cost of restoring Little Pine
Tri-color Heron is one of the many bird species that
have come back since restoration at Little Pine Island.
They forage in both freshwater and brackish wetlands,
dining on fish, frogs and insects. With the expanded
habitat that is now available to them, they have
expanded dramatically as the island has been
the task of restoration progresses under management by Mariner
Properties and with oversight by several regulatory agencies
and State of Florida Land Managers, the ecosystem is healing
and native wildlife is returning.
According to consulting Ecologist Kevin Erwin, the
restoration of Little Pine Island is…"…remarkably
successful, measured in part by the quick positive response of
the native seed bank, buried for decades and shaded by
exotics, resulting in the re-establishment of a native wetland
groundcover…In areas where work has been completed, freshwater
now pools where it had previously been drained…tidal action
has also been restored where the sheet flow of brackish water
had been interrupted…in addition, over 100 species of
wildlife, including a nesting pair of Bald Eagles, have been
documented…spring and fall migrations attracted dozens of
species which have probably bypassed the island for
Join us now, and learn more about the marvelous restoration
that is Little Pine Island.
Unless otherwise noted, the photos on
this site were actually taken on
Little Pine Island by
William R. Cox.