Perdido Key Dune Restoration Project
State of Florida
DWH Project Funding
Known Leveraged Funding
Natural Resource Damage Assessment Trustees (NRDA)
Natural Resource Damage Assessment NRDA
Habitat Restoration and Enhancement
This project restored appropriate dune vegetation to approximately 20 acres of degraded beach dune habitat in Perdido Key, Florida, including habitat used by the federally endangered Perdido Key Beach Mouse. The project took place in an area that began approximately 2.2 miles east of Perdido Pass at the Alabama/Florida state line and extended approximately 6 miles to the east. The improvements consisted of planting appropriate dune vegetation (e.g., sea oats, panic grasses, cord grasses, sea purslane, beach elder) approximately 20-60 feet seaward of the existing primary dune to provide a buffer to the primary dune and enhance dune habitats. In addition, gaps in existing dunes within the project area were re-vegetated to provide a continuous dune structure. All plants were grown from seeds or cuttings from the Alabama or North Florida coast to ensure appropriate genetic stocks were used in the project.