In 2007, restoration of the Kelley Branch of the Apalachicola River, Florida’s largest, was completed with funding and support from The Nature Conservancy and its conservation partners. Funding for biological surveys and the development of the restoration plan was provided by The Elizabeth Ordway Dunn Foundation and The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission provided funding for ground restoration and continuing project management.
In 2010, restoration of a “steephead stream” in the Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park, Niceville, Florida, was completed with funding from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Additional in-kind contributions were provided by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and The Nature Conservancy.
Photo credit: (1)(2) - Michael Hill, Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission; (3) (4)(5)(6) - Steven J. Herrington, The Nature Conservancy
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These two projects involved eliminating dams that impeded the free flow of fresh water. “Kelley Branch proved that streams can recover quickly when dams are removed,” said Steve Herrington, The Nature Conservancy's Director of Freshwater Conservation, who lead the Conservancy's team on these projects. “It’s like opening a door. Nature can flush both upstream and downstream.”