DEP’s GTM NERR Celebrates Research, Conservation and Education – Dec. 2, 2011

PONTE VEDRA BEACH- Florida Department of Environmental Protection invited the public to attend the annual Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve State of the Reserve conference. The conference is an annual event that showcases the reserve’s current and ongoing research programs. Presentations led by researchers took place throughout the afternoon, and informative posters were displayed throughout the reserve. The conference concluded with a reception sponsored by the Friends of the Reserve.

During the conference, reserve researchers discussed the current status of research projects and results. Topics included alligators as apex predators, gopher tortoise ecology and system wide water quality monitoring, as well as a report from the GTM Invasive Plant Task Force.

“The GTM NERR looks forward to many more years of working with our local community to educate and inspire future generations, while continuing to preserve our precious natural and historic resources.” said Mike Shirley, director of the GTM NERR.

The State of the Reserve conference concluded with a reception and poster session.

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