|Habitat and Species Management at GTM Research Reserve
There is an immediate need to evaluate ecosystem science to establish baseline conditions to evaluate
and prioritize future management activities. Previous management plans include habitat and species
inventories that need to be updated. Long-term standardized monitoring is necessary to evaluate trends
in the condition of GTM Research Reserve's water quality and biological resources. Biological
monitoring should focus on multiple trophic levels (e.g., phytoplankton, zooplankton, macroinvertebrates,
fishes and marine mammals).
- Develop a habitat map for tidal and submerged
- Establish long-term baseline information about
estuarine and oceanic species.
- Reduce damage by off-road vehicles along the
Tolomato River and restore damaged salt marsh.
- Reduce mortality of by-catch associated with fishing
at Guana Dam.
- Address spillway management at the dam to support
the sustainability of fishing.
- Increase activities to improve public awareness
of GTM Research Reserve's mission.
- Continue and improve the prescribed fire program.
- Continue and improve the invasive species control
- Reduce illegal foot traffic across dunes and restore
- Restore hydrologic alterations and use prescribed
fire to restore freshwater marshes.
- Reduce disturbance of sea turtle and least tern
nesting by human activities.
- Reduce impacts to sea turtles by artificial
- Address beach erosion by serving as a guide
decisions affecting beach renourishment, inlet
management and stabilization projects.
Freshwater depression marshes are rare in present day Florida.
Improve the conservation of natural
biodiversity within GTM Research
More information on how GTM Research Reserve is
addressing habitat and species management is available within
the GTM Research Reserve Management Plan
(pdf - 12.8 MB).
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