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Legal Mangrove Trimming

Vertical canopy reduction was performed within the footprint of a client's waterfront property. Following the ANSI Standards ensures mangrove health and adheres to the 1996 Mangrove Trimming and Preservation Act.
All native Florida mangroves exhibit opposite leaf orientation which is fairly uncommon for most Florida trees. This presents challenges for making proper reduction cuts.
All of our mangrove trimming work is done by hand which ensures precise cuts and exact measurements. Also, it's environmentally friendly!

The only tree trimming service we perform is the trimming of State regulated mangroves. Mangroves in Florida are protected by the 1996 Mangrove Trimming and Preservation Act (MTPA) and as such, any trimming or removal that is not permitted or otherwise exempt from the MTPA carries a stiff penalty of up to $5,000 per tree. Mangroves provide many benefits, including buffering storm surges. But they can also grow quite tall, obstructing waterfront views. Contrary to popular belief, mangroves can indeed be trimmed, and waterfront views can be enjoyed with a little correct management. 

Mangrove trimming is mostly done by hand and the process is very similar to bonsai. Vertical reduction cuts are made back to appropriate aspect ratio subordinate branches and total canopy removal at one time is calculated for the size of each individual tree, ensuring the mangroves remain healthy and in compliance with the MTPA. We work closely with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to make sure everything is done correctly and legally. 

We discover illegal trimming that occurred prior to a new homeowner’s knowledge at most job sites so it is important to document and be transparent with the FL DEP to avoid penalties. 

To date, arborist Danny Lippi, is one of the only individuals to undertake a formal, multi-year research investigation into the effects of mangrove trimming on mangrove health. This research was done between 2014 and 2018 at the University of Florida Whitney Laboratory for Marine Biosciences in Marineland, Florida. 

Don’t get a fine! If you’re not sure about how to trim mangroves or the permitting involved, give us a call.

(904) 794-4200