In 2022, members of the Coral Gables Garden Club voted to support the Girl Scouts of Tropical Florida by helping to restore the entrance of Camp Mahachee to its native habitat. We have joined forces with the Coral Gables Community Foundation and the Kerdyk family PARKnership fund to collaborate on fundraising efforts.
Hidden off Old Cutler Road, the entrance of this iconic property has become overrun with invasive plants that slowly destroy the native species that are so important to the longevity of our land. Over the years, not only has the site at the entrance of Girl Scouts of Tropical Florida become a problem but so have other nearby properties. Restoration work is being conducted nearby, and communities must address such needs holistically to make the most significant impact.
The Environmentally Endangered Lands Department of Miami Dade County and the UF/ Miami-Dade Extension office are working closely with the Garden Club and the Girls Scouts of Tropical Florida to restore this property to a native Rockland hammock, complete with a pollinator garden.
This project is estimated to cost approximately $178,000 and will encompass three distinct phases to accomplish its goals.
Phase 1: Remove invasive plants. The entrance has become overrun with invasive plants, including Paederia cruddasiana (known as Sewer vine or Skunk vine), which requires hand removal. In addition, initial, plant-based, state-approved herbicidal treatments are needed. Start date June 2022.
Phase 2: Restore the hardwood hammock. The complete Rockland hammock restoration would require planting 2,000 native 3-gallon trees, adding irrigation, and installation of a new electric gate. Start date October 2022.
Phase 3: Plant a pollinator garden. Returning the land to the native flora will encourage the resurgence of the native wildlife in this area. We will plant host plants and trees mixed with pollinator nectar sources. Start date Spring of 2023.