Guana-Tolomato-Matanzas receives $2 million for education center -
(10/06/04) - Completion of the 20,000 square foot Environmental Education
Center at Guana-Tolomato-Matanzas drew closer to reality with the contribution
of $2 million in federal funds.
LIFE welcomes Franklin County students - (09/29/04)- Franklin County students
will be visiting the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve this week
for day-long field experiments as part of Learning in Florida's Environment (LIFE).
Florida Celebrates Estuary Day - (09/24/04) - Florida's National Estuarine
Research Reserves have planned special events for the weekend of National Estuary
Florida expands Rookery Bay - (09/10/04) - Florida expanded Rookery Bay
by purchasing some of the last available property on Cannon Island. The 24 acre
parcel will be managed as part of the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research
Rookery Bay Offers Ecotour Workshops - (07/13/04) - The newly-opened
Environmental Learning Center at Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research
Reserve will host a series of free monthly workshops providing advice and
information to the eco-tourism industry as a part of the 2004 Ecotour
Operator Stewardship Series.
Film on Aquatic Preserves Wins National Award - (06/28/04) -
Living Waters: Aquatic Preserves of Florida Won a National Telly
Award at the Louis Wolfson 16th Annual Film and Television Awards in Miami.
Film and Photographs Brings Florida's Aquatic Preserves to Life
- (06/03/04) - Living Waters: Aquatic Preserves of Florida will
airing on public television across the state this month.
Environmental Education Expands for Franklin County Students -
(06/02/04) - The Department of Environmental Protection and the Franklin
County School Board partnered to launch LIFE (Learning in Florida's
Environment), a field-based science program for seventh graders.
Tomoka State Park expands boundaries - (05/25/04) - The Governor
and Cabinet voted to add more than 400 acres to the Tomoka State Park,
which is located at the convergence of Halifax and Tomoka Rivers and
adjacent to the Tomoka Marsh Aquatic Preserve.
Florida Expands Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve -
(04/29/04) - The Governor and Cabinet voted to
expand Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research
Reserve by acquiring some of the last available
property on Cannon Island.
President Bush Visits Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
(04/29/04) - President Bush made a historic visit to
Rookery Bay to cite the importance of protecting
wetlands and marked National Volunteer Week by
Florida puts seal on plan to restore Indian River
Lagoon - (04/07/2004) - Florida has signed off on a joint
federal/state plan to protect the Indian River
Lagoon. It will restore 53,000 acres of
wetlands and restore natural flows to the St. Lucie
and South Indian River Lagoon.
Florida acquires more land along the Wekiva-Ocala
Greenway - (04/07/2004) - The state has acquired another 267
acres helping link the Wekiva River Aquatic Preserve
and other state lands to the Ocala National Forest.
Rookery Bay celebrates 25 years / opens Environmental Learning Center
- (03/20/2004) - Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
celebrated its 25th year in the National Estuarine
Research Reserve System by opening a 16,500 square
foot Environmental Learning Center.
Rainbow Springs gets more protection
- (03/09/2004) - 365 acres were added to the Rainbow Springs State Park. The addition
allows the park to provide additional facilities to visitors
while protecting the shoreline from development. The Rainbow River
is designated as an Aquatic Preserve and Outstanding Florida Waterway.
March is Seagrass Awareness Month!
- (03/03/2004) - Governor Jeb Bush has recognized the importance of seagrasses by
recognizing March as Seagrass Awareness Month.
Sea lettuce to be removed from Bishop Harbor
- (02/28/2004) - The DEP has secured an agreement to have sea
lettuce removed from Bishop Harbor within the Terra Ceia Aquatic Preserve.
Watch for the Living Waters documentary and art exhibit
- (02/10/2004) - This documentary highlights the beauty and importance of the state's aquatic
preserve. The documentary will be showing on PBS stations this spring and
a related art exhibit of photographs by Clyde Butcher will be traveling to
museums throughout the state.
Apalachicola gets funding for a new education center
- (02/02/2004) - The creation of a new education center for the Apalachicola National
Estuarine Research Reserve moved closer to fruition with a contribution
of $1.5 million in federal funds.
Guana-Tolomato-Matanzas gets funding for a new education center
- (02/02/2004) - The Guana-Tolomato-Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve received
$2 million to help complete its Environmental Education Center. The facility,
already well underway, is expected to open next year.
Estero Bay gets extra protection -
(02/06/2004) - The Estero Bay Aquatic Preserve gained
additional protection when the cabinet unanimously decided to add 100 acres to
the Estero Bay Preserve State Park. The 100 acres borders the Estero River and
also protects Florida's historical treasures through its acquisition of the
century old Boomer estate.