We are committed to preserving the natural resources of the ACE Basin so that all the habitats and wildlife continue to thrive. We do this mostly through "moist soil management" and prescribed burning and disking.
Moist soil management is a technique that promotes growth of wetland plants, insects, crustaceans, and small fish by mimicking the natural wet and dry season cycles. The most important tool in this process are the rice field trunks (pictured above), which are used to control water flow between tidal creeks or rivers and the managed wetland areas (also called "impoundments").
First used in the 1700s on rice plantations, trunks still remain the most effective and economical water control structures. They operate on tidal surge and consist of wooden culverts with flap gates.
We also perform prescribed fires (controlled fires to lower chances of wildfires) and disking, a process of cutting the land so undergrowth doesn't hinder wildlife movement or growth, on certain abandoned fields to encourage habitat diversity.
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Endangered wood storks have been slowly leaving their historic south Florida home due to loss of habitat and have moved north to places such as ACE Basin to nest.