Chickadee Lane and Honeybee Drive
Naples, FL 34120

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The Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary site is about 13 acres of privately owned land infested with dense melaleuca saplings and small trees located adjacent to the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary in Collier County. The land contains slash pine, saw palmetto and other annual and perennial wetland vegetation and is partly seasonally flooded.

The demonstration site consists of various treatment plots, each treated using a different control method, mechanical, chemical, or biological. Demonstrating these various control methods alone and in combination shows the importance of using an integrated approach to control melaleuca. This site shows treatments as they might occur on residential property. No heavy machinery such as feller-bunchers or Barko chippers was used. Read more about this site...

Chemical Treatments yellow square representing chemical treatment

Chemical treatments included hack and squirt on 3.5 acres and granular Velpar applied to 0.65 acres. Consumer products were used to treat certain stumps.

Mechanical Treatments white square representing mechanical treatment

Almost 6.5 acres received mechanical treatments as follows:

Acreage treated Type of Treatment
0.8 Trees leveled with chainsaws; stumps treated with Rodeo-Arsenal mix
1.8 Trees leveled with chainsaws; stumps treated with Rodeo
2.7 Trees leveled with chainsaws and the biomass left in rows
2.0 Trees leveled with chainsaws and the biomass left where it fell

Biological Control Treatments light green square representing biological control

We released melaleuca psyllids (Boreioglycapsis melaleucae) on 0.34 acres. Melaleuca weevils are present here naturally as a result of earlier releases elsewhere.