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Franklin, Liberty and Calhoun counties


234,715 acres


Jenna Harper, Manager
Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve
Environmental Education and Training Center
108 Island Drive
Eastpoint, FL 32328
(850) 670-7700

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Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve (ANERR) was designated in 1979. It is located in Franklin, Gulf and Calhoun counties, within one of the least populated coastal areas of the state. The Apalachicola River basin is only part of the larger Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River system (ACF) which drains an area covering approximately 19,600 miles, extending into the Blue Ridge Mountains. The Florida portion contains about 2,800 square miles and the population within Florida's basin is probably less than 100,000 individuals.

The boundary of ANERR includes the lower 52 miles of the Apalachicola River and floodplain, as well as most of Apalachicola Bay. It includes lands managed by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS), FloridaFish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), Florida Park Service, Northwest Florida Water Management District (NWFWMD) and the Florida Coastal Office. Of the uplands acreage within ANERR, The Florida Coastal Office manages 6,794 acres, the USFWS manages 11,938 acres (St. Vincent Island National Wildlife Refuge), the Florida Park Service manages 2,024 acres (St. George Island State Park), FWC manages 63,814 acres and NWFWMD manages 36,241 acres. The balance of the total acreage is open water, including Apalachicola Bay Aquatic Preserve (80,875 acres).

Where Trash Meets the Sea

The Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve is hosting a new thought-provoking free exhibit, "When Trash Meets the Sea," that explores how everyday trash ends up in local rivers, bays and oceans, and its negative impact on wildlife.

Of the 275 million metric tons of plastic waste generated in 2010, it is estimated that 8 million metric tons ended up in the ocean. This exhibit illustrates how that process takes place and ways to reduce marine debris.

"We hope this exhibit brings an awareness to sources of debris and the impacts that debris has on wildlife in Apalachicola Bay and around the world," said Jennifer Harper, manager at the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve. "We hope visitors to this exhibit will walk away with a greater understanding of why reducing waste is important and ways they can incorporate that principle into their everyday life."

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Last updated: August 19, 2015

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