GTM Research Reserve is flat and low, ranging from sea level to 40 foot dunes. The Tolomato, Guana and Matanzas
River estuaries form a system of bar-bounded estuaries that extend south from Jacksonville to south of Marineland
in Flagler County.
There are currently 61 recorded archaeological sites within the boundaries directly managed by GTM Research Reserve,
including a burial mound, numerous shell middens, a Spanish mission and homestead sites.
The most practical application of silviculture within the CAMA managed areas of GTM Research Reserve is as a tool
in achieving restoration objectives and reducing wildfire hazards.
GTM Research Reserve contains natural communities ranging from oceanic to estuarine to freshwater to wetlands to
Species List (pdf - 59 KB)
GTM Research Reserve is located on the boundary of temperate and tropical habitats, giving it an enormous
diversity of species.
GTM Research Reserve contains habitat for 48 animal and 8 plant species that are listed as endangered,
threatened or of special concern.
Invasive and Problem Species
Invasive species are those wild or feral plants or animals that are not native to Florida, but were
introduced as a result of human-related activities and have become a threat to natural communities. The best
strategy to protect GTM Research Reserve's natural resources from invasive species is prevention.