Saving Our Precious Coastlines
The Crane Point Hammock Hydrological Enhancement Project is located at the Crane Point Museum and Nature Center, Marathon, Florida Keys. The site supports a variety of natural features including tropical hardwood hammock, palm hammock, transitional wetlands, mangrove wetlands, and natural sinkholes. Nature trails and boardwalks provide public access to these areas, and programs supported by Crane Point Hammock help educate the public on these habitats and the benefits of habitat restoration. Our Keys Restoration Fund team worked with Crane Point staff and regulatory agencies to implement restoration and enhancement of 10 acres of impaired and dead mangroves in the center of the property. Construction included clearing debris and vegetation from tidal creeks, installing new culverts under roads, and reconnecting mangroves to open water through a new trench drain system. Construction was completed in March 2019.