6/4/07 - Matanzas Pass Preserve Canopy & Native Plant Restoration
The Matanzas Pass Preserve is a 56-acre maritime forest on Estero Island that provides unique habitat for many species of wildlife, some of which are endangered or threatened. From the time the Preserve was donated to Lee County in 1995, the Friends of the Preserve, a non-profit organization, has helped protect and preserve its natural habitat. Towards this goal, the Friends, Lee County and the Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program joined as partners to re-establish the canopy and native plant community and encourage stewardship of the Matanzas Pass Preserve. Specifically, the project partners [Lee County, Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program and Friends of Matanzas Pass Preserve] applied for a FCMP Coastal Partnership Initiative subgrant, for FY 2004-2005, to revegetate 18 acres with native trees including gumbo limbo, green buttonwood and strangler fig, and plant over 400 shrubs, such as marlberry, wild coffee and southern wax myrtle. A video documentary about the Preserve and its importance to the areas ecosystem was also produced with FCMP support. Other programs benefited by this subgrant include Estero Bay Aquatic Preserve and Estero Bay State Buffer Preserve.
11/30/07 - Monofilament Recovery and Recycling Program
The Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission, Fish & Wildlife Research Institute (FWRI) has established a monofilament recovery and recycling program (MRRP) in 17 counties in Florida. Monofilament recovery is important in the protection of a variety of sea life, including birds, fish, dolphins, manatees and sea turtles. Towards the goal of expanding this program, the FWRI was awarded a FCMP state agency subgrant, for FY 2004-2005, to establish an MRRP in Palm Beach County. Project tasks included educational outreach; volunteer recruitment and training to manage outdoor monofilament recycling bins; production of flyers, brochures, posters and an educational video; and construction of an educational display kiosk. Other programs benefited by this subgrant include NOAA's Marine Debris Program and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.
Additional Link: The Ocean Conservancy's International Coastal Cleanup
Last updated: November 28, 2012
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