Florida Department of Environmental Protection Florida Department of Environmental Protection
 
* DEP Home * About DEP * Programs * Contact * Site Map * Search
MyFlorida.com  

Resources for:
Information
Subscribe to DEP News & Info
 

Unless indicated, documents on this Web site are Adobe Acrobat files, and require the free reader software.

Get Adobe Reader Icon


Employ Florida - Help Finding A Job button

Florida has a right to know button

Report Waste, Fraud and Abuse button

Policy & Budget Recommendations button

Press Office
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 4, 2010
CONTACT: Jennifer Stan Diaz, DEP, (850) 245-2112 or (850) 519-2897 cell
  Diana Eissing, GTM NERR, (904) 823-4500

DEP’s Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve Receives Conservation Grants

~Funds will be used for trail improvements, invasive plant management and restoring coastal scrub~

PONTE VEDRA BEACH - The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve (GTM NERR) today announced three grants were awarded to the Friends of the Reserve, a private non-profit citizen organization established to support and enhance environmental education, stewardship of natural and cultural resources, and scientific research of the GTM NERR. The grants received will enable the GTM NERR to move forward with conservation and improvement projects.

“Thanks to the successful efforts of the Friends of the Reserve, the GTM NERR is extremely pleased to have the support of the Florida Native Plant Society, the Elizabeth Ordway Dunn Foundation and the Nature Conservancy,” said Dr. Mike Shirley, GTM NERR Environmental Administrator. “We will use the awarded funds to help conserve and protect natural and cultural resources and promote science-based stewardship and education strategies.”

Grants awarded are as follows:
  • The Elizabeth Ordway Dunn Foundation has awarded a $10,000 grant to aid in the development of a comprehensive trail plan for future changes and improvements to the trail system within the GTM NERR’s nearly ten miles of trails.
  • The Florida Native Plant Society has awarded a $1,355 grant to address the growing impact that invasive plants are having on the natural plant communities of the watershed of the GTM NERR by purchasing a “tool shed” of equipment and supplies to support the eradication work of members and volunteers of a new GTM NERR Watershed Invasive Plant Eradication Task Force.
  • The Nature Conservancy has awarded a $10,000 grant to aid the Florida Scrub-Jay Conservation Program Fund which supports the Friends of the GTM Reserve and the GTM NERR’s effort in restoring 239 acres of coastal scrub within the GTM NERR property.

The GTM NERR was established as a partnership between the state of Florida and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The reserve is one of 27 research reserves operating across the nation and one of three in the state. DEP’s Coastal and Aquatic Managed Areas (CAMA) manages the three National Estuarine Research Reserves in Florida along with 41 aquatic preserves, the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary and the Coral Reef Conservation Program. CAMA's programs and activities are designed to help Floridians better understand and conserve the state's resources through research, education and preservation. For more information on the GTM NERR visit www.floridadep.org/gtm. For more information on DEP's CAMA, visit http://www.dep.state.fl.us/coastal

Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve

"Thanks to the successful efforts of the Friends of the Reserve, the GTM NERR is extremely pleased to have the support of the Florida Native Plant Society, the Elizabeth Ordway Dunn Foundation and the Nature Conservancy."

Dr. Mike Shirley
GTM NERR Environmental Administrator

–30–

10–117

Last updated: July 11, 2011

   3900 Commonwealth Boulevard M.S. 49   Tallahassee, Florida 32399 | 850-245-2118 (phone) / 850-245-2128 (fax) |  Email DEP 
DEP Home | About DEP  | Contact Us | Search |  Site Map