Rainbow Springs Aquatic Preserve - Sustainable Public Use
Rainbow Springs Aquatic Preserve encourages the
sustainable use of natural resources while
minimizing the user impacts. With only 150
submerged acres contained within the aquatic
preserve boundaries, it is imperative to
maintain the balance between needs of
recreational users and the protection of the
natural resource. Popular recreational uses
include boating, fishing, tubing, swimming,
snorkeling, diving, kayaking and canoeing, and
birding and wildlife observing. Public support
and interagency participation are increasingly
important in the protection of the natural
resource to ensure its existing conditions for
These are the primary strategies of Rainbow
Springs Aquatic Preserve to encourage sustainable
- Facilitate research to identify human use
conflicts with natural resources.
- Maintain relationships with local law
enforcement to understand, prevent, and deter
any potential threats to the resources.
- Attend meetings with regulatory,
Rainbow Springs State Park, and SWFWMD staff to
provide updates and discuss relevant issues
within the aquatic preserve.
- Work with Rainbow Springs State Park and
FWC's Law Enforcement Division to ensure the
proper use of entrance locations for the aquatic
preserve, to discourage improper use and
creation of unauthorized access points. This
will also aid in the reduction of additional
damage to the natural resources.
- Work with local resource agencies and
vendors to improve education on the responsible
use of the unique recreational opportunities
within Rainbow Springs Aquatic Preserve.
Educational materials include kiosks and
literature available to the public at various
locations associated with the aquatic preserve.
- Work with adjacent land managers and
government agencies to promote expansion of
non-consumptive activities (kayaking and nature
September 06, 2016
3900 Commonwealth Boulevard M.S. 235
Tallahassee, Florida 32399
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