Disney Wilderness Preserve - DSNY

Site Type

Relocatable Terrestrial

Location

Florida, D03, Southeast

Site Host

The Nature Conservancy

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NEON Sampling Boundaries
Tower Airshed Boundary
Tower Location

This map depicts the spatial layout of this field site. Please note that some locations may have moved over time due to logistics, safety and science requirements. This map was updated on December 06, 2017

Construction Status for this Site

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Complete
ongoing
Partially Available

Overview

The 12,000-acre Disney Wilderness Preserve straddles the headwaters of the Everglades ecosystem in south-central Florida. This site is seasonally wet and flooded.

Site history & management

The Disney site was heavily logged and used as ranchland for decades. However, vegetation and site conditions have been restored to closely represent site condition records, documented by the area’s first Spanish missionaries. The large-scale wetland and upland restoration at Disney included the removal of non-native, invasive plants and grasses and the removal of agricultural ditches. The primary management activity is controlled burns.

Vegetation

The predominant ecosystem type is restored wet prairie with regenerating longleaf pine; vegetation cover at Disney site is primarily restored broom sedge prairie, interspersed with perennial grasses. The Disney site is composed of short gasses ranging from 1-1.5 meters in height on average, interspersed with longleaf pine sapling that are less than 30 cm tall on average. Some pine forests surround the east, northeast and southeast edges of the prairie, with an average height of 25 meters. Dominant vegetation types within the Disney Wilderness Preserve include:

  • Pine Flatwoods
  • Southern Coastal Plain Non-riverine Cypress Dome
  • Florida Dry Prairie 

The dominant perennial grass at the site is wiregrass (Aristida stricta Michx.), with numerous other species of perennial grasses also present, including:

  • Andropogon sp
  • Bottlebrush threeawn (Aristida spiciformis)
  • Broom sedge (Andropogon virginicus)

Soil

The dominant soil type is Smyrna fine sand.

Site-specific topics

Data from this particular location supports greater understanding of wetland regeneration, water storage and quality, and predictive models for future large-scale restorations. 

 

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