Consistent with our previous communication to residents on January 20, 2020 (see below) the Babcock Ranch Team continues its wetland creation around the areas of Sunset Lake and Dick Cuda Trail. Due to the amount and type of equipment in these areas, the Boardwalk at the entrance of Dick Cuda Trail, at this time is expected to be closed from 3.24.2020 until 4.20.2020. The remainder of Dick Cuda trail will be open for your enjoyment. Thank you for your understanding.
Babcock Ranch - New Wetlands!
Much of that opportunity lies in the greater role that Babcock Ranch plays in the Southwest Florida ecosystem. Our contributions to environmental restoration and enhancement, water quality and water flow, solar energy, and wildlife protection are unique for many reasons, including the vast expanse of land that serves as a canvas for creating this beautiful setting.
Kitson & Partners is preparing to undertake one of the important next steps in the Babcock Ranch story – the creation of wetlands in the area around the Dick Cuda Trail. Of the 91 acres comprising this area, 27 acres along the perimeter will be cleared to make way for the new wetlands; additionally, exotic vegetation throughout the area will be removed to help restore balance so the native flora and fauna can flourish.
The new wetlands will be a visual delight. Littoral shelves, enhanced by plantings harvested from within Babcock Ranch, will attract a vast variety of foraging birds whose food sources are plentiful within wetland systems. While the landscape will change with the removal of pines and exotics, the newly created ecosystem will extend hydroperiods, enable expanded retention and filtration of stormwater to enhance water quality, and provide a naturalized population of fish, plants, and birds to enjoy nature’s abundance.
Local contractors who understand the unique environment of Babcock Ranch will begin work on this project in the coming weeks, and we expect their work to continue into August. The Dick Cuda Trail will generally remain open throughout the process, though you should expect periodic closures.
While our residents will experience little impact, we wanted to be certain you were aware of this wetlands creation project in advance. As always, please feel free to contact this office should you have any questions or concerns.
Allen F Baum, AMS®, PCAM®