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Mangrove Restoration Study Underway in Rookery Bay Reserve


Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve has entered into a research partnership with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) to conduct a long-term study of a mangrove die-off area near Goodland. USGS awarded funding to this project for a minimum of three years to assess the 225-acre hydrologic restoration, partially underway, at Fruit Farm Creek.

"We have examples of how hydrological restoration works in other locations," said Kevin Cunniff, research coordinator for Rookery Bay Reserve. "A long-term assessment of forest community change and recovery over the next decade will provide invaluable information regarding the resiliency of our mangrove wetlands and the cost/benefits of restoration."

An ecologist standing in the middle of a mangrove die-off.

Nicole Cormier (left), an ecologist with the US Geological Survey's National Wetlands Research Center in Lafayette, Louisiana, holds a stainless steel rod in place while it is being driven into the sediment at Fruit Farm Creek near Goodland.

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Florida's Coastal Office manages more than 4 million acres of the most valuable submerged lands and select coastal uplands. The Office manages 41 aquatic preserves and, in coordination with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, three National Estuarine Research Reserves, the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary and the Coral Reef Conservation Program.

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