Lee County kills 54 acres of invasive trees

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NORTH FORT MYERS, Fla. – Fifty-four acres of dead trees line both sides of Interstate-75 north of the Caloosahatchee River where Lee County used $342,000 in grant money to destroy the plants.

The hope is that the Caloosahatchee Creek Preserve will return to a healthy ecosystem after acres of invasive trees and bushes were killed with herbicides. But Lee County officials said they will not remove the unsightly remains of dead trees.

The “die-in” method is being used in other county preserves to kill invasive species, but those lands are out of the view of motorists. This method is less expensive than paying to have the trees removed and is controlled, officials said.

“They are controlled with herbicides. The herbicide used depends on the type of plant we’re trying to kill,” and expert said. “In that particular place, there are no homes or roads, no chance of a tree falling on something so we let them die in place like that.”

It will take several years for the trees to decompose.

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