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Location:

Franklin, Liberty and Calhoun counties

Acreage:

234,715 acres

Contact:

Jenna Harper, Manager
Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve
Environmental Education and Training Center
108 Island Drive
Eastpoint, FL 32328
(850) 670-7700
Jennifer.Harper@dep.state.fl.us 

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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).

National Estuaries Day

The Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve is celebrating National Estuaries Day on Friday, September 26, from 1:30 - 6:00 p.m. in Eastpoint, Florida. Activities will include dozens of free, fun and educational opportunities for kids of all ages including marine animal touch tanks, scavenger hunts and games. There will also be presentations about soft shell crabs and local wildlife, along with a demonstration about safe fishing practices for kids.

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Last updated: September 11, 2014

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