Abstract: Coastal hammock vegetation in the Thousand Islands (TI) is associated with two pre-Columbian shell middens, named Provost and Salmela Hammock. These middens provide a source population of tropical and subtropical coastal hammock species for recruitment to islands modified by dredge spoil during mosquito control efforts and housing development in the late 1950s through early 1970s. Significant recruitment has taken place in some dredged areas. I suggest that this coastal hammock community be considered a viable restoration goal following removal of invasive non-native vegetation in the TI.
I will add a handout when completed, and a draft of the manuscript as soon as it is submitted for publication. Additionally, I evaluated vulnerability to sea level rise using LiDAR data from St Johns River Water Management District. LiDAR is a method in which a LASER is used to map topography. The image below is a LiDAR map of Provost hammock with the vertical exaggerated by a factor of 25 times.