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  Diana Eissing, GTM NERR, (904) 823-4500

DEP’S Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve Celebrates 10 Years of Success

~Guided trail walks and State of the Reserve conference highlight the importance of conservation, research and education~ 

PONTE VEDRA BEACH- The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve (GTM NERR) today concluded its 10th anniversary celebration with guided trail walks around the reserve followed by the State of the Reserve conference.

“Today we celebrate 10 years of environmental conservation, research and education combined with unity, dedication and success,” said Mike Shirley, Director of the GTM NERR. “We at the GTM NERR look forward to many more years of working within our local community to educate and inspire future generations, while continuing to preserve our precious natural and historic resources.”

The day began with two guided trail walks in the GTM NERR, “Cultural History of the Guana Peninsula” and “Wildlife and Natural Communities.” Participants were able to view firsthand the lush native plants, unique wildlife and cultural resources that reside in GTM NERR. Trail guides focused on local history and conservation efforts.

During the State of the Reserve conference, GTM NERR researchers discussed the current status of research projects and results. Topics included 20 Years of Nesting Marine Turtles: Trends and Continuing Questions; System Wide Monitoring Program: A 10 year Review of water quality of the GTM NERR; and Oysters as Indicators of Trophic Status to name a few. To view the presentations, visit: http://www.dep.state.fl.us/coastal/sites/gtm/reserve.htm. The State of the Reserve conference was followed by a reception and poster session.

GTM NERR is dedicated to the conservation of natural biodiversity and cultural resources through research and monitoring to guide science-based stewardship and education strategies. The NERR is located along the coast of northeast Florida, south of Jacksonville and sandwiching St. Augustine. This proximity to major population hubs and near pristine quality makes it an exceptional recreational site for local residents and visitors as well as providing opportunities for research and environmental education. For more information on the GTM NERR, visit http://www.dep.state.fl.us/coastal/sites/gtm/.

About DEP’s Office of Coastal and Aquatic Managed Areas (CAMA)
CAMA manages three National Estuarine Research Reserves in the state, 41 aquatic preserves, the Coral Reef Conservation Program and the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. 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 CAMA, visit http://www.dep.state.fl.us/coastal


"Today we celebrate 10 years of environmental conservation, research and education combined with unity, dedication and success."

Mike Shirley
Director of the GTM NERR



Last updated: December 03, 2010

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